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Segment B-Segment
BodyType SUV
Transmission CVT
Capacity 1.5 L
Horsepower 107 PS
Seats 4
Road Tax Cost*
Insurance Cost*
Fuel Cost*

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  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Powertrain
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Overview

    After many years of hatchbacks, the Toyota Yaris compact now also has a crossover variant. Called the Toyota Yaris Cross, the TNGA GA-B platform and interior is based on the European Toyota Yaris, with an exterior that focuses on crossover and SUV styling.

    In Europe and Japan where these little crossovers and SUVs are popular, the Toyota Yaris Cross goes up against the likes of Ford Ecosport, Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, Citroen C3 Aircross, Volkswagen T-Roc, Hyundai Kona and even the Honda HR-V.

  • Exterior

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Exterior

    On the exterior, the Toyota Yaris Cross certainly is compact, just slightly larger than a Perodua Myvi and Perodua Ativa. Similar to larger crossovers, it features full thick cladding at the lower portion of the body evoking the RAV4, as well as a raised ground clearance of 170 mm.

    Key exterior features include high mounted automatic on-off LED headlights, DRLs, auto-folding mirrors, LED tail lamps with black bezels and a ‘Yaris Cross’ brand marking on the rugged side claddings.    

    Unlike most of the rivals, 18-inch wheels are available to the range-topping Toyota Yaris Cross. The upper variants also add a two-tone finish with black roof and a hands-free powered tailgate, features which are usually available only in larger crossovers and SUVs.


     Length  4,180 mm
     Width  1,765 mm
     Height  1,590 mm
     Wheelbase  2,560 mm


  • Interior

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Interior


    The interior of the Toyota Yaris Cross is based heavily on the compact hatchback but revised to be higher to match the taller vehicle. Everything is laid out logically as you expect from a Toyota. The chunky grip-type front door handles are also designed to better communicate the Yaris line of vehicles. The infotainment system is a free-standing unit with a touch screen display and integrated physical buttons and knobs.

    Instrument cluster

    The instrument cluster in the Toyota Yaris Cross is a clever mix of technology to appear fully digital. There are no needle-dials, but bar graphs and a large digital speedometer, with a decently sized 4.2-inch multi-information display nestled between the rings. Range-topping variants have a 7-inch TFT screen, displaying similar content with the Toyota Corolla/RAV4 cluster. Drivers are also aided by a head-up display.

    Space and practicality

    The cabin of the Toyota Yaris Cross is quite practical with well-designed storage spaces such as the tray immediately below the air vents, a deep section ahead of the shift lever, deep cup holders plus door pockets on all four doors. We felt that the opening aperture of the rear door is smaller than average though, which could be a challenge to place child seats.

    Legroom for rear occupants is average given the compact dimension of the Toyota Yaris Cross. The rear seat has an unseen-in-segment 40-20-40 split-folding, adding versatility. Folding down the centre 20-piece makes that section a make-shift armrest for the rear occupants plus space for two cups or beverages. Boot space is also above-average at 390 litres.

    A lightweight and foldable tonneau cover means making space for taller or bulkier objects is incredibly convenient in the Toyota Yaris Cross. A dual-level and split-piece deck board further increase the utility of the Toyota Yaris Cross.
    Thanks to the fitment of the electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, the lower console feels more spacious too. 

  • Features

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Features

    Safety features

    The Toyota Yaris Cross comes standard with 6 normally placed airbags, as well as two central airbags which are the new norm in Euro NCAP 2020. The central airbags protect the driver and front passenger from knocking into each other should an unfortunate impact from the side occurs.

    Meanwhile, Toyota Safety Sense with increased activation is included in the range-topping Toyota Yaris Cross. Apart from auto braking in straight lines, the Pre-collision system under the Intersection Turning Assist also brakes should there be a risk of collision into an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian while making right turns.

    Other driver assist systems are dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Toyota Yaris Cross is only assisted by a rearview camera.

    Comfort features

    One of the key features of the Toyota Yaris Cross is its high driving position. Sitting at the driver’s seat makes you feel like a larger vehicle, polar opposite of what the Yaris image means. 

    The seats are upholstered in leather, while features from the Toyota Yaris hatchback such as automatic air-conditioning, smart entry and start, multi-function steering wheel and USB charging port. Thanks to the fitment of the electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, the lower console feels more spacious too.


    The infotainment system on the Toyota Yaris Cross is a free-standing unit with a touch screen display and integrated physical buttons and knobs. At 8 inches, the infotainment system is large enough for such a small cabin. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection is included. 

    Various specific vehicle information is also displayed on the infotainment system, such as the hybrid power flow and driving information. The sound is meanwhile pumped out to a six-speaker setup. Similar to other Toyota models, the sound quality from the Toyota Yaris Cross is above average. 

  • Powertrain

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Powertrain


    The Toyota Yaris Cross is available in two powertrains- a regular naturally aspirated petrol unit and a self-charging hybrid petrol-electric unit, both based on the new 1.5-litre three-cylinder Dynamic Force engine. Key technological features in the new generation engine include a long-stroke ratio and wide valve angles for strong tumble flow and direct fuel injection. The variable valve timing also extends for a longer duration.

    Power outputs for the Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5 are 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, while the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid has a combined system output of 116 PS from both the engine and electric motors. Separately, the fuel consumption optimized 1.5-litre engine dishes out 92 PS at a lower 5,500 rpm and 121 Nm of torque, while the electric motor pushes even higher torque levels of 141 Nm and a maximum output of 80 PS.

    Self-charging technology means one cannot plug the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid into a power socket to extend the electric range, which is typically under 2 km in our tropical climate. A lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the rear seat, thus making the boot even more spacious


    Power goes to the front wheels via a Direct shift CVT for the regular Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5-litre model. A mechanical first gear mechanism, called Launch Gear, is fitted to provide much better acceleration and feel when moving off from a standstill and low speed.

    The hybrid system in the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid meanwhile has the complex power split device and electronic CVT to handle various operations of just electric motor propulsion (EV mode), charging of the battery as well as blending the engine and electric motor outputs (Full hybrid).


    The front suspension features MacPherson Strut design with the rear features the norm of the segment- torsion beam axle. The new TNGA GA-B chassis in the Toyota Yaris Cross emphasizes on low centre of gravity and high rigidity body structure, ensuring a happier driver as well as a quieter interior.


    The Toyota Yaris Cross is predominantly a front-wheel drive compact SUV. However, there are variants of the hybrid with comes with an intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i) for markets that really require traction from all wheels on unpaved roads and wintry conditions.  

  • Driving Performance

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Driving Performance

    Engine performance

    The Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid with 116 PS completes the century sprint in 11.2 seconds, while the regular petrol plus Direct CVT combination takes approximately 0.2 seconds slower. The three-cylinder engine accelerates well to its redline, and is very refined too as it has balancing weights to cancel out vibrations typical of any three-cylinder engine.

    The hybrid powertrain also works well and is expected from the Toyota Hybrid System. Full throttle application means holding at the redline but this is not a typical user profile of an urban hybrid crossover. As such, in town and even highway driving, the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid hums along quite silently as the engine tends to switch off frequently or at least operation in low engine rpms.

    Transmission performance

    As mentioned earlier, the Direct Shift CVT with a mechanical first or launch gear aids with the response of the regular petrol Toyota Yaris Cross. There is even a simulated step shift for that added experience. The CVT is well-calibrated, reacting to immediate throttle inputs very naturally. Drivers can even enter a manual mode with a 10-speed or 10-step virtual ratios.

    For the Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid, the transition between electric-only and when the engine starts is nearly unfelt, such is the progress of Toyota’s fourth-generation hybrid system. A drive mode switch allows for Power, Eco or normal powertrain modes.

    Steering and handling

    Similar to the Toyota Yaris and CEO’s directive of more fun-to-drive cars, the Toyota Yaris Cross delivers. Steering is accurate, responsive and paired with minimal bodyroll even on this rather tall crossover SUV.
    Driving the Toyota Yaris Cross is similar to the hatchback, but now with even better utility. 

  • Ride Comfort

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Ride Comfort


    Sound insulation is certainly better in the Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid variant, as the engine turns itself off fairly frequently. Tyre noise can be heard when driving on highways, but it is nothing out of the ordinary. In the regular Toyota Yaris Cross petrol variant, the characteristic three-cylinder engine is vocal but only when pushed hard. It is a pleasant engine note plus a very smooth powertrain too.

    Passenger comfort

    Ride quality is also at the firmer end of the spectrum. Being a European product, the Toyota Yaris Cross is believed to have the suspension to be tuned as such, to their flavour. Nonetheless, only the worst bumps and potholes will transmit feedback to the passengers, but not uncomfortable. Overall, the Toyota Yaris Cross rides well and on the highway with great stability and surefootedness. 

  • Fuel Consumption

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Fuel Economy

    The Toyota Yaris Cross with the regular 1.5-litre three-cylinder Dynamic Force petrol engine is rated at 5.4 litres per 100 km (18.5 km/L), with the latest generation Toyota Hybrid System mated to the same three-cylinder engine returns as high as 3.8 litres per 100 km (26.3 km/L). 

  • Conclusion

    Toyota Yaris Cross – Conclusion

    The Toyota Yaris Cross might be the next best product to offer performance, utility as well as fun-to-drive attributes. Both the standard petrol engine, as well as the hybrid powertrain, delivers good straight-line performance in all conditions.The compact Toyota Yaris Cross also handles incredibly well, with precise steering response and minimal body roll even when driven enthusiastically. The ride is on the firm end of things but never uncomfortable. 

    Interior is genuinely just nice for us with an Asian physique. The Toyota Yaris Cross is genuinely targeted to young couples or singles, and as such, the lack of accommodation is not immediately felt or obvious. The weakness of the Toyota Yaris Cross would be its price. Being based in Europe and Japan, the vehicle is not as cost-effective to manufacture as it would be in ASEAN. 

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  • What is the Number of Cylinders of Toyota Yaris Cross?

    Here are the Number of Cylinders and variants of Toyota Yaris Cross:

    Variants2020 Toyota Yaris Cross International Version
    Number of Cylinders3
  • Is Toyota Yaris Cross available in Rear Air-con?

    No, Toyota Yaris Cross isn't available in Rear Air-con.

  • Is Toyota Yaris Cross available in Multi-function Steering Wheel?

    No, Toyota Yaris Cross isn't available in Multi-function Steering Wheel.

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