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Toyota Yaris Cross review

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1
” Sensible yet charming small SUV made for the real world “

At a glance

Price new £25,510 - £35,215
Used prices £15,770 - £27,995
Road tax cost £180
Insurance group 11 - 13
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Fuel economy 54.6 - 64.2 mpg
Miles per pound 8.0 - 9.4
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons

  • Just the right size for its target market
  • Hybrid technology delivers strong economy
  • Impressive 10-year warranty
  • Plain interior
  • Infotainment a bit sluggish
  • Lacks the spark and identity of rivals

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 24 June 2021 Updated: 9 May 2023


Sitting at the bottom of Toyota’s well-developed SUV lineup is the Yaris Cross. The Yaris name is deceptive, positioning it as a hybrid-powered small, city-friendly SUV, when in fact it has a usefully shaped large boot and wide-opening rear doors. Increased ground clearance and impressive economy for a small hybrid SUV complete the package, wrapped up with a 10-year warranty bow.

While it is good, it’s competing with some exceptional rivals. The Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross are all highly talented alternatives, and that’s before you consider the award-winning Ford Puma.

The Yaris Cross has a few tricks to keep it on your shopping list, including models with all-wheel drive, but it’s the solidity of the overall package that makes it worth considering.

Where the exterior of the Yaris Cross owes little to its supermini namesake, the interior is very similar. Lots of charcoal plastic and fabric with little by way of customisation to lighten the mood, it’s hardwearing and comfortable enough, but doesn’t feel special.

Making life easy, the Yaris Cross only has one engine to choose from, and it’s a hybrid. Despite the lack of a plug-in option it can comfortably exceed 50mpg, and approach 60mpg when the traffic suits. You do get a choice of trims, though – Icon, Design, Excel, and GR Sport all offering slightly different kit levels for an increasing amount of money.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Toyota Yaris Cross including its practicality, how much it costs to run and whether we recommend it or not.