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  • Launched in 2021
  • Small SUV
  • Hybrid
  • Launch year
    2021
  • Body type
    Small SUV
  • Fuel type
    Hybrid

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Stylish yet frugal small SUV

Best bits

  • Efficient hybrid power means it'll be cheap to run
  • Stylish exterior
  • Likely to be very reliable

Not so great

  • A bit pricier than alternatives
  • Not the most spacious small SUV
  • Ride is a little firm

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Overall verdict on the Toyota Yaris Cross

"Sharing so many parts with the latest Toyota Yaris hatchback, there's no way the Yaris Cross could have been anything less than excellent. It's fun to drive, has a solid interior and comes fully-loaded for the money. The most impressive thing about the Toyota Yaris Cross is its efficiency – with its petrol-electric hybrid engine setup meaning it'll be as cheap as chips to run."

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While it shares a name with the popular hatchback, the Toyota Yaris Cross is a small SUV alternative to the Nissan Juke, Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq. It's not the first time Toyota has had offered a car of this size – it's actually similar in dimensions to the original RAV4, not to mention the long-forgotten Urban Cruiser. Toyota certainly has plenty of know-how selling SUVs and we'll explore how this latest model stacks up in our Toyota Yaris Cross review. 


Hybrid powertrains are very much Toyota's forte and the Toyota Yaris Cross is offered exclusively with a petrol-electric drivetrain. This combines a little 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor (two in the case of the four-wheel-drive model). Performance is brisk around town, while its ability to run on electric power means refinement is impressive. Read our guide to the best hybrid SUVs to find out more.


On the open road, it's not quite as agile as a SEAT Arona or Ford Puma, but it's still enjoyable to drive. The engine runs out of steam when pushing motorway speeds, but it can hold its own against 1.0-litre alternatives.


Prices start from around £22,500, which makes the Toyota Yaris Cross appear a bit expensive compared to the affordable Skoda Kamiq or Renault Captur. That's reflective of its innovative hybrid engine setup, though, as well as its high levels of standard kit. Of course, if you wait a few months, you should be able to save cash by picking up a nearly-new bargain on heycar.


Buyers get a choice of Icon, Design, Excel, Dynamic and Premiere Edition trim levels. The mid-range Toyota Yaris Cross Design is expected to be the big seller, with standard equipment including an eight-inch media system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), LED lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.


All models feature a stylish yet functional interior, with enough space to transport a pair of adults and their luggage. It's not really up to the job of acting as your main family car, though – the rear seats feel quite cramped, while access isn't easy. The boot is competitive, but not as big as a Nissan Juke or Ford Puma's. You'd be better looking at the bigger Toyota RAV4 if you need a family SUV.

Is the Toyota Yaris Cross right for you?

The Toyota Yaris Cross is an ideal choice for a trendy urbanite who wants a car that looks great but won't cost a fortune to run. Toyota's reliability record is almost unbeatable, while the interior of the Yaris Cross is much better than you'd expect from the brand in relatively recent history. It's not quite as sporty as a Ford Puma, though, while alternatives like the Skoda Kamiq are cheaper to buy.

What’s the best Toyota Yaris Cross model/engine to choose?

There's only one engine available: the 1.5-litre hybrid unit that also features in the standard Toyota Yaris. We'd recommend sticking with the two-wheel-drive model, unless you really need the extra grip provided by the four-wheel-drive Yaris Cross AWD-i.


In terms of trim level, around 50% of buyers will opt for the mid-spec Design. This makes sense as it strikes a good compromise between desirable kit and value for money, with standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch media system and a reversing camera. Don't dismiss the entry-level Icon, though – it's well kitted out for the cash, while pricier models look a bit flashier.

What other cars are similar to the Toyota Yaris Cross?

The small hybrid SUV market is growing. The Hyundai Kona Hybrid is a good alternative, while you might wish to wait for the new Honda HR-V. You might also consider the plug-in hybrid Renault Captur E-Tech, or electric alternatives like the Peugeot e-2008. If you're not too fussed about hybrid power, we rate the Ford Puma highly (it is available as a mild-hybrid), as well the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross. Further rivals include the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Bayon and Kia Stonic.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Toyota Yaris Cross a self-charging hybrid?

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a conventional (also known as 'self-charging') hybrid, pairing a small 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. As a result, it's very economical, capable of returning up to 62.8mpg.

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Is the Toyota Yaris Cross an SUV?

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a small SUV (also known as crossover), rivalling cars like the Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur and Ford Puma. As its name suggests, it's based on the popular Toyota Yaris hatchback, albeit with a slightly higher seating position.

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How expensive is a Toyota Yaris Cross?

The Toyota Yaris Cross is priced from £22,515 (for a Yaris Cross Icon), rising to £28,825 (for a four-wheel-drive Dynamic model). You can save money by looking for a used or nearly-new Toyota Yaris Cross on heycar.

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