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Toyota Yaris Cross

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

78
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

82
%
A

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

78
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

82
%
A

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

Summary


The Toyota Yaris Cross is a small SUV/crossover, which sits below the C-HR in Toyota’s crossover family and arrived on UK roads in Summer 2021.

Although it has ‘Yaris’ in its name and shares a lot of its mechanical bits with the hatchback of the same name, the Yaris Cross is much more than just a jacked-up Yaris hatch.

As with most Toyotas, the Yaris Cross is only available with a hybrid powetrain – it’s a no-plug version, so the car is still mainly reliant on the 1.5-litre petrol engine. The battery is charged by the petrol engine and also by coasting and braking as you drive, with the electricity then used to drive the electric motor.

Unlike most small crossovers, the Toyota Yaris Cross is available with all-wheel drive. That doesn’t make it a proper off-roader, however, but will help it provide more grip on wet and slippery roads.

Providing an alternative to popular small hybrid SUV/crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Ford Puma, the Toyota Yaris Cross has also been applauded for its build quality, driving dynamics and practical interior features. Business Car add that the Yaris Cross has “on-trend looks are sure to win many admirers.”

However, while the interior trim is very functional, reviewers frequently report that the Yaris Cross lacks cabin space when compared to its rivals. Ride comfort has also come into question, with Carwow commenting that the Toyota “does feel firm over lumps and bumps.”

As of January 2024, the Toyota Yaris Cross holds an Expert Rating of 75%, which is competitive in the small SUV market.

Yaris Cross highlights

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Practical interior
  • Toyota’s record for reliability
  • Great handling and body control
  • A whopping ten-year warranty is available

Yaris Cross lowlights

  • Rather rigid ride comfort
  • Limited space in the back
  • So-so performance
  • Slow infotainment system
  • Pretty plain-looking interior trim

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid
Price: From £24,855 on-road

Launched: Summer 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 86%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 78%
Safety assist: 81%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.5-litre Hybrid FWD CVT

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 6.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.7 / 10

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Toyota Yaris Cross to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Yaris Cross, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models59 mpgA55 – 64 mpgA – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models108 g/kmA100 – 115 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models12A11 – 13A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£151A
Year 2£413A
Year 3£673A
Year 4£846A
Year 5£1,116A
Overall£3,199A

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a very cheap car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

In what is a very rare achievement, the Yaris Pros holds a straight-A set of scores for running costs, with outstanding scores in all categories – fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, insurance group and servicing costs.

You will struggle to find a cheaper car to live with than a Toyota Yaris Cross.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota Yaris Cross has received

2023

  • Company Car & Van Awards – Best Small Car

2022

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Crossover
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Small SUV
  • What Car? Awards – True MPG Award

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