Toyota Yaris Cross: everything you need to know

Toyota Yaris Cross

Introducing the new Toyota Yaris Cross compact SUV. The urban sprawl. It’s the context in which modern motorists increasingly appreciate the robust, high-riding qualities of an SUV. But this class of vehicle is often too large and unwieldy for the city, and neither as economical nor environmentally efficient as many road users would prefer.

Toyota Yaris Cross

It is into this familiar scenario that Toyota launches the all-new Yaris Cross compact SUV. It is a vehicle that combines our small car expertise and all-wheel drive heritage in one robust model specifically tailored to handle the rough and tumble of urban life, allied to a genuine emphasis on environmental performance.

Toyota Yaris Cross: true hybrid, true SUV

The Yaris Cross benefits from our fourth-generation hybrid powertrain technology. The Yaris Hybrid of 2012 was the first supermini with a full hybrid system, and since then more than half a million have been sold in Europe. Our unmatched experience and ongoing development of this technology ensures that the latest powertrain in the new Yaris Cross delivers exceptional performance and efficiency.

Toyota Yaris Cross

The new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine in the Yaris Cross is developed directly from the larger 2.0- and 2.5-litre powertrains used in the latest Corolla, Toyota C-HR, RAV4 and Camry. It offers a remarkable thermal efficiency of 40% and a maximum output of 114bhp, the result of which is responsive performance with high torque at low engine speeds and excellent fuel efficiency. Provisional WLTP emissions data suggests that the front-wheel drive model will start from below 120g/km of CO2 and the AWD-i version from below 135g/km.

As part of the next-generation Yaris family (as above, between GR Yaris and Yaris hatchback), the Yaris Cross shares the model’s new GA-B compact car platform. This ensures a high level of body rigidity and a well-balanced chassis, making the car responsive and agile. It also shares the big-small design and packaging concept that has characterised every Yaris model since 1999, presenting a roomy interior within compact exterior dimensions that make it highly suited to urban driving.

Special attention was paid to the new model’s practicality and versatility. Details include a powered rear hatch and a height-adjustable luggage deck, giving the flexibility of either a secure underfloor compartment or more space to carry larger items. The deck board itself can be divided in two and the luggage compartment has a new flexible belt system to keep items secure when driving.

Yaris Cross is also a genuine SUV, featuring a raised ride height, larger wheel and tyre combination, and the availability of intelligent all-wheel drive to reinforce its credentials. It benefits from our experience in originating the concept of the recreational SUV 25 years ago with the RAV4 – currently the world’s best-selling SUV – and more recently in producing the stylish and highly efficient Toyota C-HR. Indeed, arrival of the Yaris Cross will give Toyota an SUV range that spans the B, C and D segments.

The rear drive system is electric and therefore lighter and more compact than traditional mechanical alternatives. In normal driving, the Yaris Cross operates with front-wheel drive, but when low-grip conditions are detected, all-wheel drive is engaged automatically. The system also directs drive torque to the rear axle when pulling away and accelerating.

Toyota Yaris Cross

In terms of size, the Yaris Cross shares its 2,560mm wheelbase with the new Yaris hatchback but is 240mm longer overall, with 60mm added to the front and 180mm to the rear, securing more interior space. The ground clearance is 30mm higher and the vehicle is wider and taller overall – by 20 and 90mm respectively.

Model range and specifications

The Toyota Yaris Cross is available with four core grades, Icon, Design, Excel and GR Sport.

Yaris Cross Icon provides a well-specified entry point. Key equipment features include:

  • 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Toyota Safety Sense (details below)
  • Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with eight-inch touchscreen, DAB, Bluetooth and six-speaker audio system
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Smart entry and push-button start
  • Reversing Camera
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Power windows with auto up/down control
  • Automatic headlights and wipers

The Yaris Cross Design further provides: –

  • 17-inch dark grey/machined five-double-spoke alloys
  • LED projector headlights
  • LED rear lights and sequential indicators
  • Light blue ambient cabin lighting
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Black headlining
  • Seven-inch multi-information display
  • Rear privacy glass

The Yaris Cross Excel model is one-half of the dual high-grade strategy. It builds on the Design specification with features including: –

  • 18-inch dark grey/machined five-triple-spoke alloys
  • Power tailgate with kick sensor
  • Nine-inch Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake
  • Intelligent parking sensors, clearance sonar and automatic braking
  • Door mirrors with auto-retracting function
  • Power lumbar adjustment on driver’s seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning

The GR Sport grade adds a sporting touch to the Yaris Cross and acts as the second half of the high-grade dual strategy, sitting above the Excel model. It builds on the Excel specification with features including: –

  • 18” Machined-face five double-spoke alloys
  • GR Sport Suspension tuning
  • GR Sport Leather steering wheel
  • GR Sport Meshed lower front grille

Toyota Yaris Cross: Safety Sense

All Yaris Cross models will benefit from Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems as standard. This equips the car with intelligent features that can recognise many of the most common accident hazards, warn the driver and initiate steering and braking control if necessary, to help avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.

The package includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian and cyclist recognition and Emergency Steering Assist; full-range intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure Alert and Lane Trace Assist; Road Sign Assist; and Automatic High Beam. Yaris Cross also come with eCall which can automatically summon emergency services assistance in the event of a serious impact.

Toyota Yaris Cross: Options

Yaris Cross customers will be able to extend their car’s specifications with a choice of options and option packs.

The Tech Pack (Design grade) provides the latest, 2021 Toyota multimedia system (Smart Connect) while the City Pack (Excel grade and above) introduces semi-automated parking and satellite navigation. A Toyota Skyview panoramic roof and the JBL sound system are available for the Excel model.

Yaris Cross Icon FWD£24,350
Yaris Cross Design FWD£26,040
Yaris Cross Excel FWD£28,615
Yaris Cross Excel AWD-i£30,975
Yaris Cross GR Sport FWD£28,970


  1. Hi, I already have the Yaris cross excel. Is it possible to have the city pack added after purchase?

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for getting in touch.

      The City Pack should be available for the UK specification MY23 Yaris Cross Excel.

      Please contact your nearest Toyota Centre to discuss your options.


  2. Hi,
    Please could you tell me the width of the Yaris cross including mirrors.
    I cannot find this detail anywhere.
    The width with mirrors retracted is 1765mm I think.

    Thank you

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment.

      We have removed your name from this comment as per your request.

      Please can you provide your vehicle registration so that we can look into this for you.


      1. Hi, I do not currently own a Yaris cross, however the registration of one for sale by Toyota Cambridge is AF23YYO.
        Please could you tell me the width of the car including mirrors.
        thank you.

      2. Hi, thanks for providing the vehicle registration.

        The dimensions of this vehicle can be seen below:

        – Overall Height – 1595mm/62.84 in
        – Overall Length – 4172mm/164.38 in
        – Overall Width – 1765mm/69.54 in

        Please let us know if we can assist further.


      3. Hi, on 14/8/23 you responded to this request by saying the overall width of the Yaris cross with reg AF23YYO was 1765mm.
        Please could you tell me the width including extended mirrors.
        thank you for your help

  3. Hi, I would like to check the launch date for 2024 Yaris Cross model in the UK? It’s already been launched in Philippines.

    1. Hi Dev, thanks for getting in touch.

      There is currently no information available for this.

      Please keep an eye on our mag and website for future updates!


  4. Thank you for helping me with the dimensions of the Toyota Yaris Cross.

    You say the width of the car with mirrors extended is 1765mm.

    Please could you provide me with the width of the car with the mirrors retracted, which should be a few cm less?

    Thank you for your help

    1. Hi, thanks for getting in touch.

      Due to the shape of this model, the width of the car remains 1765mm with the mirrors retracted.

      Hope this helps.


  5. Yaris cross – The front and rear parking sensors do not appear to be standard or optional extras on the icon and design models. This is surprising as most manufacturers have included rear sensors as standard or options on even their base models – for instance the juke and qashqai since at least 2010. Why is this long established safety feature not available on the baser models? They can be added by parts suppliers eg at Halfords anyway.

  6. I am confused about the city pack. Is it the only way to get sat nav? I thought the excel had it as standard, but the city pack is still an option.
    Thanks Nick

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