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

What do you recommend to replace a Volkswagen Golf?
"My in-laws, who are in their 70s and live in rural Scotland, recently had a car crash in which their 2014 Volkswagen Golf was written off. They are now looking for a smaller car than the Golf but one that suits my six foot six father-in-law. The car also needs to be economical and ideally an automatic. So far I've narrowed it down to: Toyota Yaris Cross, Hyundai Kona and the Nissan Micra. "
All of the above are solid choices, although the Hyundai Kona feels very similar in size to a Golf so that's worth bearing in mind. I've not driven the Yaris Cross, but the standard Yaris is an excellent car and I'd expect the Cross to feel very similar. The Yaris I drove got brilliant fuel economy even on long motorway runs up to Scotland, which you'd expect wouldn't favour its hybrid engine. Toyotas use proven parts that are very reliable and they're dealers consistently score highly for customer care. If you do pop down to a Toyota dealer, it might be worth waiting a couple of months for the new Aygo X. It replaces the current Aygo and has mini-SUV looks that should translate into excellent front seat headroom. It's based on the Yaris, but will feel significantly smaller than your in-laws' Golf. The only things that might be an issue is its 72PS engine which feels pretty weedy, although it does suit the optional automatic gearbox. I'm not sure how the Micra would feel for your father in-law, best for him to try it out in person, but from memory it wasn't overly spacious in the front seat. I'd describe it as a grown up small car, though, it's very comfortable and quiet. Another car I would suggest having a look at is the Volkswagen Polo. It's surprisingly big inside, is very easy to drive and is cheap to run. It's available with a 90PS turbocharged engine, which has a handy slug of extra power for driving out of town, but returns 55mpg all day long. I'm always surprised how comfortable it is for a relatively small car. The only problem may be the DSG automatic gearbox that can be jerky during low-speed manoeuvring, it's a little disconcerting if you're not used to it. Hope that helps, we have full reviews of all the car's mentioned, below: Yaris Cross: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/yaris-cross-2021/ Aygo X: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/aygo-x-2022/ Kona: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/hyundai/kona-2017/ Micra: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/micra-k14-2017/ Polo: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/polo-vi-2017/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should I buy a Toyota Yaris or a Toyota Corolla?
"I want to buy a hatchback for mainly work travel (15 to 30 miles per day). I am interested in a Toyota Yaris/Yaris Cross and Corolla. I would like to get your advice. I have a Lexus NX for family use and long travel."
You won't go wrong with any of the Toyotas you've shortlisted. It probably depends on how much space you need - the Corolla will be biggest and most practical. We'd recommend the Yaris Cross, though. It's the newest, trendiest and will be very cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can I get a discount on a new Toyota Yaris Cross?
"Can I expect to get a discount on buying a new Toyota Yaris Cross? I currently own a 19 reg Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, do you think I would get a good part exchange?"
It's unlikely that you'll get much of a discount – it's a very new car that's in demand, and the global chip shortage means there's a shortage in supply of new models (although we've been told the Yaris Cross shouldn't be affected too badly). On the flip side, high demand for used cars means you should be able to get a good trade-in price for your old car. You might make more for it through a service like Motorway.co.uk: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-buy-sell/what-is-motorwaycouk/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will a manufacturer-fitted tow bar count as a modification?
"I have just ordered a new Toyota Yaris Cross for expected delivery early next year. We have ordered a factory fit tow bar/tow ball kit in order to carry a cycle carrier. Since the tow bar is factory fitted during build, will it count as a modification when I advise my insurer of the new vehicle?"
I would be inclined to say no, as it's a factory-fitted option and not a modification.
Answered by Dan Powell
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