The Yaris Cross got here in fashionably late to the light-SUV section, so has it carried out sufficient to contest its many rivals?

Toyota has joined the thriving light-SUV section with its 2021 Yaris Cross. It arrived late, however did so fashionably, as within the range-topping City trim, this Toyota is exclusive and has loads of character.

The Japanese producer has taken the origins of the extremely sought-after Yaris and made it a high-riding, compact SUV, however has Toyota has carried out sufficient to make its mark on this already saturated section?

Let’s start with that all-important price ticket.

We examined the range-topping City, which has a beginning value of $32,990 plus on-road prices. Our mannequin included the two-tone paint choice in black and gold that provides $450 to the bill.

It undercuts the favored Mazda CX-3 with the front-wheel-drive petrol variant setting you again $36,450 for the highest spec. The Yaris Cross loses the battle up in opposition to the Volkswagen T-Cross, although, which tops out at $30,990, whereas the Hyundai Venue Elite is much more reasonably priced at $26,490.

As this spec sits on the increased finish of the market, and even crosses over with its older sibling within the RAV4, its worth for cash is definitely in query. If value is a deal-breaker, then there are more cost effective choices within the vary to think about, with the GX ranging from $26,990 and the GXL from $29,990 (all costs exclude on-roads).

Wanting on the gross sales from December 2020, although, value is probably not a difficulty. In solely its second month in the marketplace, it managed to maneuver 517 items, attributing to 16.2 per cent of the section share.

Whereas we now have deducted some factors for worth, Toyota should be applauded in different areas. It has caught to its dedication of not delivering boring vehicles, and this Yaris Cross isn’t any exception.

The outside is muscular that includes stable strains, a distinguished nostril and broad wheel arches, plus the City scores 18-inch alloy wheels. The 2-tone black and gold choice is sort of the head-turner. A lot in order that it was trigger for dialog between bystanders within the city streets of Melbourne.

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross City (Petrol 2WD)
Engine 1.5-litre three-cylinder
Energy and torque 88kW at 6600rpm, 145Nm at 4800rpm
Transmission CVT auto with 10 preset ratios
Drive kind Entrance-wheel drive
Gasoline declare mixed 5.4L/100km
Boot quantity 390L
Turning circle 10.6m
ANCAP security score Not but rated
Guarantee 5 years / limitless km
Primary opponents Mazda CX-3, Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma, Hyundai Venue
Value (excluding on-road prices) $32,990

This compact SUV measures 4180mm in size, 1765mm in width and 1590mm in peak (with a 2560mm wheelbase). In context, it’s larger than the child Yaris from bumper to bumper and shorter than the Corolla hatch.

For an SUV of this dimension, the boot area is relatively spectacular. There’s 390L of cargo area with extra storage above the spare wheel. A tick for room, however a giant cross for the pure undeniable fact that it misses out on a full-size spare wheel.

The facility tailgate with kick sensor is a standout inclusion. Throughout testing we did discover it temperamental, however as soon as working appropriately it’s a handy and spectacular customary function.

The phrase spectacular shouldn’t essentially be related to the inside. Odd, retro, even questionable spring to thoughts. There aren’t any choices for this range-topper, so if brown isn’t to your liking, then this mannequin is probably not for you. The color palette is not the one flaw, as internally this automobile is busy with inelegant textures.

Maybe I’m an outlier? Tell us your ideas on the inside.

Aside from the weird color alternative, there are some bonuses for the motive force. This mannequin is provided with head-up show and so they additionally get an electrical adjustable seat. Different wins up entrance embrace heated seats, two cupholders, two USB ports and two extra cupholders within the door bins.

There are some shortfalls within the cabin, in that there’s not quite a lot of storage, however that’s to be anticipated in these smaller SUVs. Within the again there’s loads of head and leg room for the passengers, however they lose out on vents and USB ports.

Relating to security, this automobile is jam-packed with options, and so they all come customary together with eight SRS airbags. The Yaris Cross is provided with Toyota’s Security Sense know-how, which incorporates lane-trace help, pre-collision security with pedestrian and daylight bike owner detection, highway signal help, intersection flip help, lane-departure alert and steering help, and at last energetic cruise management.

Technically, the Yaris Cross is unrated by ANCAP, however by comparability the Yaris scored 5 stars in 2020.

Below the bonnet is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that drives the entrance wheels. Because it’s geared up with a CVT computerized, engine noise is noticeable. It is value a point out that it is fitted with 10 preset ratios, that are there simply to be there. We aren’t shifting gears, so this addition appears relatively pointless.

Whereas a repeatedly variable transmission is understood to have many benefits, equivalent to offering gasoline effectivity, it may well, nevertheless, be powerless and even lazy when demanding increased speeds. We seen this throughout testing, particularly in city stop-start site visitors the place the engine’s response time was lacklustre.

When energy and straight-line velocity aren’t being evaluated, it is an easy on a regular basis drive. Visibility is outstanding and steering is gentle and exact. Together with inner-urban driving, we spent loads of time at 80–100km/h on freeways the place, at increased speeds, this automobile felt extra comfortable.

Our remaining take a look at within the Yaris Cross was on the bowser. Toyota claims 5.4L/100km and we returned a median studying of 6.9L/100km. As we have previously reported, the gasoline economic system is nice. It isn’t excellent.

The Toyota Yaris Cross is backed by a five-year/unlimited-kilometre guarantee, and is capped at $205 for every of the primary 5 providers.

Whereas we discovered some shortcomings with the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross City, it does what it must do to place up struggle in opposition to the competitors. The positioning of the Yaris Cross is genius, because it has ensured that patrons need not compromise. What Toyota has given shoppers is an effective, full of life hatchback variant with substantial floor clearance – it appears like an SUV with that actual city really feel.

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