How much does a Toyota Yaris Cross cost?
The Yaris Cross is available in three model grades – GX, GXL and Urban. Each is offered in two-wheel drive petrol, two-wheel-drive hybrid or all-wheel drive hybrid guise. Pricing ranges from $26,990 to $37,990 before on-road costs. We sampled the GX 2WD hybrid that’s priced at $28,990.
This pricing is generally competitive against the other contenders in the segment. It’s more affordable than the likes of the Ford Puma and slightly pricier than the Hyundai Venue and Kia Stonic.
Like the Stonic we recently tested, the standard features list for the base GX is about right for this end of the market, without being particularly generous. Although Toyota has included a strong standard safety list.
What safety features does it have?
The Yaris Cross is yet to be tested by ANCAP. As with many recently launched Toyota models, it comes with a generous level of standard safety gear with a big focus on driver-assist technology. As well as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, it has a well-calibrated lane keep assist system with lane centring function, speed sign recognition and adaptive cruise control. If you want a blind spot monitor or rear cross-traffic alert, you have to step up to the GXL.
What's the space like inside?
While the Yaris Cross is mechanically related to the Yaris hatch, they are differentiated by their exterior design. There’s a clear family resemblance, but the Yaris Cross is upright and boxy next to the cute, perky Yaris hatch.
Inside, the two are hard to separate, although there are subtle differences between the instruments and centre console.
The Yaris Cross has a fussy dash layout with contrasting angles and no natural flow. The digital speedo and other gauges in the cluster look a bit low rent, and some icons in the display, such as the drive mode indicator, are tiny and difficult to read.
The internal door handles are almost hidden in a weird chunky housing in the door insert, and there’s plenty of cheap plastics, in case you needed a reminder that it’s the base variant.
On the plus side, there’s a clever mirror housed underneath the exterior mirrors that gives the driver a view of the road to avoid scraping wheels on the gutter when parking. There are loads of handy storage nooks and heaps of room for large bottles in the doors, but a tiny central storage bin.
The 7.0-inch multimedia screen looks tacked on to the centre stack, and Toyota’s infotainment setup is functional but lacks the ease of use and modern graphics of rivals, including Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen and Skoda. The Apple CarPlay in our test vehicle was glitchy, especially when using Google Maps.
While the cloth seats are a bit flat, there’s decent lateral support, and they are well cushioned. The thick b-pillar creates a blind spot behind your shoulder, but overall rearward visibility is good.
Rear seat legroom is above average for this type of car, while headroom is adequate. There’s good bottle storage in the rear doors but no air vents for rear passengers. The 40/20/40 split-fold seats have a central armrest with cupholders.
The 390-litre boot is decent for the segment and can swallow more than the Kia Stonic (352L), but not as much as the huge boot in the Nissan Juke (422L). It has a space-saver spare wheel under the boot floor.