Toyota is on a bit of a roll with the new Yaris. The current hybrid-only version was only released last summer so it’s not even 12 months old yet. Despite that we’ve already been blessed with the insanely brilliant GR Yaris (which isn’t actually a hybrid), and now we get the brand-new Toyota Yaris Cross (which definitely is).
The Yaris Cross is Toyota’s offering to the compact SUV driver.
It adds the rugged looks of an SUV as well as the high-riding qualities of an SUV, but it’s still a compact car ideally suited to life in the city where size and manoeuvrability are more important than the ability to ford a stream. The Yaris Cross is built on the same GA-B small car platform and uses the same highly efficient, fourth generation hybrid technology from the Yaris. That means emissions free range, self-charging convenience, and a return of around 70mpg.
Initially available in five trim levels, including a limited-run Premiere Edition that will only be available for the first 12 months.
The entry level Icon trim provides a well-specified starting point to the range. 16-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch touchscreen, DAB, Bluetooth and six-speaker audio system with Apple and Android connectivity, smart entry and push button start, air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, and reversing camera all feature as standard. Move up to the Design specification and you add larger, 17-inch wheels, LED lights front and rear, blue cabin mood lighting, roof rails, and privacy glass to your Yaris Cross.
From there you have two options that form part of what Toyota calls the “dual high-grade strategy”. Basically, that means you can either get a bit more rugged and off-roady with the Dynamic trim, or a bit more refined and convenient in the Excel. Both build on the Design specification but in slightly different directions.
The Yaris Cross Excel model offers 18-inch dark grey alloys, power tailgate with kick sensor, 9-inch Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert with auto brake function, intelligent parking sensors with clearance sonar and automatic braking, and automatically retracting door mirrors. In terms of comfort, you can also boast a heated steering wheel, heated seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and dual zone air conditioning.
The Yaris Cross Dynamic offers a more rugged SUV appearance, replacing some of the convenience of the Excel with increased ability. You still get the 18-inch wheels, the multimedia system, heated seats, and air conditioning, but instead of the convenient boot opening and traffic sensors you get a bi-tone paint finish and the optional all-wheel drive system that gives the Yaris more of a cross country feel.
Or if you decide to go for the limited-time Premiere Edition you can actually get both. You get the power tailgate. You get the two-tone paintwork. You get the optional all wheel drive. You also get black leather upholstery, a JBL sound system, and head up display.
All Yaris Cross models will also benefit from Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems as standard. The package includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian and cyclist recognition and Emergency Steering Assist; full-range intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure Alert and Lane Trace Assist; Road Sign Assist; and Automatic High Beam. Yaris Cross also comes with eCall which can automatically summon emergency services assistance in the event of a serious impact.
We don’t know if you were considering leasing a compact SUV, but if you weren’t, maybe you should be: in which case, have a good look at leasing a Yaris Cross .
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