Toyota Yaris Cross Urban AWD Hybrid 2021 Radio Review

Toyota introduces yet another SUV, the question is Why? Toyota Yaris Cross is based in the small urban hatchback and takes advantage of the increasing trend towards SUVs.

Toyota Yaris Cross (Urban hybrid AWD with optional black roof)

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The Yaris Cross is available in nine variants with a choice of new petrol or hybrid powertrains, FWD or electric AWD, and three grades – GX, GXL and top-of-the-range Urban.

We drove the AWD Urban Hybrid version, packed with a heap of safety features and aimed squarely at inner city dwellers or young couples.

Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid powertrain

Powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder, hybrid petrol engine that provides a maximum combined output of 85kW and drives through a CVT. The AWD version gains a third electric motor generator to drive the rear wheels in slippery or off-tarmac conditions when maximum traction is called for. It is economical at an ADR figure of 4.0l/100k

Toyota Yaris Cross AWD Hybrid Interior

The interior, while liked by a few people that sat in it, isn’t to my taste, reminding me of a 1986 Corona. It looks cheap, maybe I’m too old to appreciate it.

Toyota doesn’t make many mistakes in its line-up, but I’m struggling to see why someone would buy this priced at $37,990 plus the usual costs, over a slightly larger C-HR Koba that is better and cheaper.

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Im Rob Fraser

Toyota Yaris Cross (Urban hybrid AWD with optional black roof)

What is good?

  • Economy
  • Looks stylish
  • AWD safety

What is not so good?

  • Overpriced
  • Tacky interior
  • C-HR is better and cheaper

Toyota Yaris Cross AWD Hybrid transmission

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Toyota Yaris Cross (Urban hybrid AWD with optional black roof)

Model   

Toyota Yaris Cross Urban AWD Hybrid

Model Price$37,990 MLP*
Engine1.5l 3 Cyl Hybrid
DrivetrainCVT AWD
Power67kW at 5,500rpm 85kW max
Torque120 Nm @ 3,800-4,800rpm
SafetyTBA
CO2 Emissions90 g/km
Economy ADR4.0 L/100km
Tow Capacity400 Kg
Tow Ball Rating40 kg
Servicing12 MTHS/ 15,000KM Fixed Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5Yr. roadside assist

 

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

 

Overall Rating    

76/100

Behind the Wheel8
Comfort7
Equipment8
Performance7
Ride and Handling7
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose9
Urban Appeal8
Styling8
Value for Money6
Overall Rating Toyota Yaris Cross Urban AWD Hybrid
  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Comfort - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Performance - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Ride and Handling - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Urban Appeal - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Styling - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Value for Money - 6/10
7.6/10

Summary

Toyota doesn’t make many mistakes in its line-up, but I’m struggling to see why someone would buy this priced at $37,990 plus the usual costs, over a slightly larger C-HR Koba that is better and cheaper.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.