Toyota Yaris Cross Review (Updated 2021)

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Drivers on the lookout for a ride with the qualities of an SUV adapted to urban drives have every reason to be stoked.
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Introduction

A frenzy of photos, videos, articles and blogs across different social media networks followed in the aftermath of its release. No, we’re not talking about the latest Korean boyband. Rather, it was the release of the new Toyota Yaris Cross in Japan that caused quite the commotion. Drivers on the lookout for a ride with the qualities of an SUV adapted to urban drives have every reason to be stoked. With its imminent arrival into Singapore upon us, let us take a look at what this star in-the-making has to offer in a true hybrid package.

Toyota Yaris Cross Exterior

To be the star of the show, you have to look like one. And the Toyota Yaris Cross certainly looks the part, with a diamond-shaped exterior that is sure to turn heads flanked by 4 bold fenders around its 4180mm(length) x 1765mm(width) x 1560mm(height) frame.

Lighting up the way are vertical LED daytime running lights out on the front, with signal lights that are specifically positioned to allow more space for customisation. While those left in its wake are greeted by a squared tailgate with horizontal tail lamps that run across the back.

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Image credit: The Straits Times, Mark Cheong

Gold has long been the trademark colour of the Yaris Cross. However, like any celebrity can attest to, trends come and go and Toyota looks to stay in style with up to 8 different metallic colourways to choose from.

Toyota Yaris Cross Interior

Inspired by the “big space small packaging” concept of the original Yaris, the new Toyota Yaris Cross comes with the new GA-B compact car platform that provides a spacious interior within a compact exterior. Standard features include a Smart Entry Key and Push Start button, ideal for convenience on the go.

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Image credit: carsguide

The real highlight lies in its boot space. It is one of the first compact SUVs by Toyota to employ a 40/20/40 split rear seat and 60/40 split for the adjustable deck board, giving it a commendable luggage capacity of 390L. A utility hook and flex belt are also on hand to secure your baggage, so go ahead and arrange them any way you would like!

Toyota Yaris Cross Performance

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a true hybrid fitted with a Dynamic Force 3-cylinder in-line engine; a self-charging hybrid system that combines an electric motor generator and a traditional petrol engine for superior power and acceleration. The byproduct? 110 Horsepower and 120Nm of Torque whilst enjoying a serene cabin when cruising down the road.

Since it is a non-turbo engine, it has a buttery smoothness to its power delivery and the absence of a CVT gearbox removes any tinge of unresponsiveness. The car’s excellent handling facilitates its willingness to play in corners. Hence, it has an apt ability to tuck into twists and turns at speeds that would cause some crossovers to understeer.

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid Performance

The hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) system allows the Yaris to achieve a world-class level fuel economy for its class that surpasses what may be considered as a typical performance for an SUV. Look forward to an exceptional fuel economy of 26.3km/L and with an A2 Vehicle Emissions Scheme banding, you’ll be guaranteed performance that stimulates the senses without disrupting the environment.

Toyota Yaris Cross Safety

Occupants can rest easy as a sophisticated platform of safety features provides assurance while shuttling between destinations. The Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) includes Automatic High Beam that alternates between high and low front lights to prevent interfering with oncoming drivers, as well as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) that adjusts travelling speed according to the traffic ahead.

An upgraded safety feature on the new Toyota Yaris Cross is the inclusion of an Intersection Turning Assist. While executing a turn at an intersection, the system helps to detect pedestrians or other vehicles that may cross into its path and sounds an alarm. If no corrective action is taken, automatic emergency braking is applied. Thus, reducing the risks of a potential collision.

Although it has not been assessed by the ANCAP (an assessment on the level of safety) yet, the original Toyota Yaris earned a perfect score of five stars despite a stricter round of testing in 2020. Safe to say, the Yaris Cross will fare equally well when it is its turn to shine.

Euro NCAP also assesses child occupant protection, vulnerable road user protection (pedestrians and cyclists) and safety assist (active safety technology), of which the Mazda CX-30 scored 86 percent, 80 percent and 77 percent respectively.

Toyota Yaris Cross Active/Toyota Yaris Cross Excite

While both variations offer the same experience and performance, the Excite series provides just that extra convenience of a Heads-Up Display, LED headlights, a Leather Steering Wheel with Shift Lever Knob as well as an extra USB port. Drivers will also have an added option of Dual Tone Exterior Colours that may better suit their preferences.

Summary

The stage is set for the Toyota Yaris Cross to make its debut, and the hype surrounding it is more than justified by its price point and quality. With a range of colours that are sure to endear itself to its existing and prospective fans, the Yaris Cross is destined to be the next big thing in the hybrid and SUV market.

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Toyota Yaris Cross Specifications

Length / Width / Height4,180mm / 1,765mm / 1,590mm
Boot Space390l
EngineDynamic Force, 3-cylinder In-line (1,490cc)
Power91bhp at 5,500rpm
Torque120Nm at 3,600 – 4,800rpm
GearboxCVT
0-100km/h11.4seconds
Top speed170km/h
Fuel efficiency3.8L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity36l
VES band86g/km

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