Toyota Yaris Cross review - Interior, design and technology

The Yaris Cross offers good levels of standard kit, but the cabin feels a little cheap in places

The Yaris Cross sits on the same TNGA-B platform as its supermini sibling, although the ride height has been increased by 30mm. The black plastic cladding around the wheel arches adds a little extra flavour to its chunky, cross-country credentials, while stylish aluminium roof rails are standard on all but the entry Icon model. You can also specify a black roof in combination with certain body colours to add a little extra personalisation.

A quick glance inside the cabin and it’s easy to tell that the Cross model is part of the Yaris family. The switchgear and fascia are virtually identical, however there are a few silver and piano-black trim accents that help to enhance an otherwise plain-looking interior.

If you’re after luxuries such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, climate control and Toyota’s Smart Connect infotainment system, then you’ll need to look towards the Excel or Dynamic trim levels, although that’s not to say the Icon and Design specifications are poorly equipped; each includes alloy wheels, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are also standard.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Toyota’s Smart Connect system is a £500 option, but is standard on higher-spec versions. It comes with live information, while shortcut buttons allow you to quickly locate local interests. Wireless Apple CarPlay means the cabin is cable-free, although we found it lost connection intermittently.

The display has crystal-clear graphics and is a lot more responsive than previous Toyota media set-ups. There are four physical buttons along the left-hand side that make it easy to navigate between the home screen and your smartphone connection, while the other two are for volume control.

Interestingly, if you add the £750 City Pack with 360-degree cameras, park assist and WiFi to higher-spec trims, the nine-inch screen is replaced by the smaller eight-inch Toyota Touch set-up that comes as standard on the Design model.

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