Handles well, but is simply a disgruntled child

The Toyota Yaris Cross does actually look a little bit cross about the world, like an out-of-sorts six-year-old (Toyota)

The Toyota Yaris Cross does in fact search a minor little bit cross about the entire world, like an out-of-kinds six-calendar year-previous (Toyota)

The Toyota Yaris Cross does actually look a minimal little bit cross about the globe, like an out-of-types 6-12 months-old. Note the narrowed head, ignite and the grimace on the grille.

Toyota, with a handful of noteworthy exceptions, made use of to make generically bland-wanting cars and trucks. Now they make generically wild-seeking cars, and things like the new RAV4, which in fact seems to be like a scrapyard puppy baring its enamel, and the entirely unreasonably styled C-HR, which has a lot more creases than the late Sidney James. It is compact and vaguely like an insect, and you may well as nicely go for a lairy colour like my take a look at car’s metallic “Brass Gold”.

I obtained the thumbs-up from a girl in another Yaris Cross in the Asda auto park. Hers was black, and she was applauding my brave option of paint occupation, which was a variety of compliment. It’s the form of shade you’d count on to find on a tropical tree frog its skin yielding a lethal venom to ward off predators. Not that I go all over licking frogs. Or cars.

THE SPEC

Toyota Yaris Cross Premiere Edition

Price tag: £28,185 (as examined, selection begins at £23,290)

Motor capability: Hybrid 1.5l, 3-cyl, + electrical motor CVT vehicle manual

Electric power output (HP): 114

Leading speed (mph): 106

-60mph (seconds): 11.2

Fuel economy (mpg): 54.6

CO2 emissions (g/km): 117.2

It is friendlier inside of, I have to say, specially in the start-unique “Premiere” version. You clamber in and you’re instantly cosseted and made to truly feel extremely welcome without a doubt. It’s a cosy, helpful type of cabin in which the controls are appropriately placed and where comfort comes first. Normally, you get gentle leather heated seats and easy-to-use steering wheel controls, in addition manual dials for the air conditioning and relatively intuitive touchscreen, with crafted-in sat nav on the posher options. Most importantly, a suite of driver-assisted braking aids, a rear camera and parking sensors will protect the bold seems of your Yaris Cross – and safeguard you and your insurance company from ruinous bodywork costs.

It is like a Yaris hatch, of class, but you get an extremely higher driving posture for this course of vehicle, and it’s acquired a usefully bigger boot, with a functional adjustable boot region and break up fold rear seats. There is a large amount of rubber lining on the back, together with the backs of the rear seats, so placing major and scratchy loads in the back again doesn’t result in a great deal injury. Certainly the load height is taller than on a hatch, but for occasional load carrying it is quite acceptable.

It’s like a Yaris hatch, but you get an exceptionally high driving position for this class of car (Toyota)

It’s like a Yaris hatch, but you get an exceptionally high driving position for this class of motor vehicle (Toyota)

There’s a lot of rubber lining on the back, including the backs of the rear seats, so putting heavy and scratchy loads in the back doesn’t cause much damage (Toyota)

There is a whole lot of rubber lining on the back, including the backs of the rear seats, so putting major and scratchy loads in the again doesn’t induce a lot injury (Toyota)

The engineers have manufactured a high-quality position of generating the Yaris tackle as perfectly as it does, and it is competitive with others in its class like the Ford Puma, Skoda Kamiq and Hyundai Kona (to title a handful of of extremely lots of). The issue, as with so lots of of its type, is the hybrid petrol/electrical set up and, extra to the point, the consistently variable transmission (CVT). For a few decades and extra, due to the fact the quite initial Prius, Toyota enhanced and honed their hybrid models’ ability models and transmissions. They all, together with the Yaris Cross, provide superlative – but they nonetheless whine like, very well, a disgruntled six-12 months-outdated.

That, additionally some extraneous highway rumble at velocity spoils what ought to be a very refined offer without a doubt. It’s expensive, as well, for what it is, with the best of the tree versions (some with 4-wheel generate) pushing thirty grand. The Ford Puma, with its further deep “megabox” boot and the nicely developed Skoda Kamiq are high-quality options, and for a little a lot more you could get the long run with the all-electric Kia e-Niro. On harmony, I’d in all probability be a bit tedious and choose for the however fantastic Nissan Qashqai, which is more affordable, a lot more roomy within and does not sound like it’s wanting for a struggle with its personal transmission system.