Toyota Yaris Cross Review 2022

Toyota Yaris Cross At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Toyota Yaris Cross is a surprisingly desirable alternative to the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Crossland. It'll be very cheap to run, while it's easy to get comfortable in its ultra-functional cabin. Throw Toyota's excellent reliability record into the mix, and it's one of the most sensible small SUVs you can buy today.

+Easy and fun to drive. Hybrid power means it'll be cheap to run. Generous equipment levels.

-Not as affordable as some alternatives. Ride could be softer. Other small SUVs are more practical.

New prices start from £23,280

Set to compete with the Nissan Juke, Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq, the Toyota Yaris Cross is a new addition to the firm's range. It's closely related to the latest Yaris, with stylish looks and an efficient petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. Read our full Toyota Yaris Cross review to find out if this small SUV should be on your shortlist.

It's the Toyota Yaris Cross's hybrid power which sets it apart from rivals. It combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, resulting in impressive around-town refinement and incredible fuel economy. Officially, you should be able to see up to 64.2mpg from the Yaris Cross, which might be impressive enough to make you think twice about electric alternatives like the Hyundai Kona Electric.

It's easy and fun to drive, with the hybrid setup providing whizzy acceleration around town. Rivals are more suited to motorway driving, though, and the Yaris Cross's relatively firm suspension means we'd suggest treading carefully when the salesperson suggests one of the higher-spec trim levels.

Prices start from around £22,500 for the entry-level Toyota Yaris Cross Icon, but most buyers are expected to stretch to the Yaris Cross Design. This retails from around £24,000 and brings with it 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, interior ambient lighting and rear privacy glass.

Higher-spec models include the Excel, Dynamic and – for a limited time – the Premiere Edition. The latter two are available with four-wheel drive; not necessarily something we'd recommend unless you live somewhere particularly remote.

While the exterior of the Yaris Cross is just as stylish as the most attractive of rivals (we're looking at the Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Roc here), its interior isn't quite so fancy. It's functional, though, with everything laid out neatly and a choice of two very good infotainment displays (depending on trim level).

You sit higher up than in a Skoda Kamiq, so you feel noticeably off-the-ground compared to a standard Toyota Yaris. It's a comfortable choice – or at least, it is for front-seat passengers. The rear's a bit claustrophobic, but you'd probably be better looking for a bigger SUV anyway if you regularly carry people in the back.

Ultimately, the Toyota Yaris Cross is almost perfectly judged. There are rivals that are more affordable, while some are a little more fun to drive. But the Yaris Cross is a great small hybrid car that will be reliable and cheap to run, while its also a lot more stylish than you might expect for a Toyota.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a hybrid SUV?
"My wife and I have owned a petrol Nissan Qashqai CVT car since 2012. We like the high driving position as it makes access and egress very easy for people in their mid eighties. We are considering replacing it with a hybrid car. What other models could we consider? Our annual mileage is 6,000."
A Toyota Yaris Cross sounds ideal for your needs. It's an excellent hybrid small SUV that'll be cheap to run, very reliable and easy to access. You could also look at bigger alternatives like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.
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Insurance is too high on my Kia Sportage, should I replace it?
"I am 80 years of age. I own a Kia Sportage CRDi 1 67 reg. It's done 30,000 miles and I am the second owner . I find insurance expensive and I want to know, if trading down to a lower insurance group from 12, what car would be worth looking for? I want a car, if smaller, with plenty of headroom."
I'm surprised to hear that you're finding insurance prohibitively expensive on your Sportage – although I suspect age is a factor here. Do try shopping around for insurance quotes (if you haven't already) before you commit to changing your car. This page might be helpful: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-car-insurance/ If you do wish to replace your Sportage, it's probably worth looking at smaller SUVs. The Toyota Yaris Cross could be a good choice – it's a very cheap-to-run hybrid with plenty of interior space. You can find more of our favourite small SUVs here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-small-suv/
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Can you recommend a hybrid car for a short person?
"What's the best medium-sized hybrid car for short people? I would like a bit of luxury."
Maybe a Toyota Yaris Cross. It's an excellent small hybrid SUV with low running costs. If you'd prefer something a bit more upmarket, take a look at the Lexus UX. This guide might be useful: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-hybrid-cars/
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Can you recommend a used car for a £30,000 budget?
"What is the best second hand car for £30,000"
It depends on your requirements, really. A three-year-old BMW 5 Series is hard to beat in terms of value for money but won't be a good option if you have a small driveway or cover a lot of city miles. A Toyota Yaris Cross would be a good choice if you're looking for a cheap-to-run small SUV. Or a Mazda MX-5 if you're in the market for a summer sports car.
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