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Toyota Yaris Cross - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Impressive fuel economy, low insurance rates and decent residuals mean the Toyota Yaris Cross should appeal to cost-conscious family buyers

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Toyota has ensured that fuel efficiency and low running costs are particularly strong areas for the Yaris Cross. Along with being relatively cheap to insure and maintaining decent residual values, the petrol-hybrid set-up means that you’ll benefit from superb economy figures and low CO2 emissions. 

The Japanese manufacturer claims that the Yaris Cross should return over and above the near 50mpg you’ll typically get from a Ford Puma, with the Toyota hybrid system averaging between 54-64mpg, depending on your chosen specification and whether you’ve opted for front- or all-wheel drive. We lived with a FWD Yaris Cross in Design trim for several months, during which time it returned an average of 64.7mpg, though it indicated much higher figures on several occasions, so Toyota’s numbers certainly seem to stack up in real-world driving. During our time with the Yaris Cross we spent a lot of time driving on the electric motor alone, without any intervention from us telling the car when to switch from electric to petrol power.

For company car drivers who aren’t considering a plug-in hybrid or all-electric car just yet, the entry-level Yaris Cross Icon model has reasonably low CO2 emissions of 100g/km, which attracts a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of 25 per cent. Upgrade to the Premiere version and the BiK rate climbs to 27-28 per cent.

Insurance 

You shouldn’t need to splash out on insurance cover for the Yaris Cross. The entry-level Icon model is in group 11 (on the 1 to 50 scale), while all other versions sit in group 12 – with the exception of the Premiere Edition in group 13.

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In comparison, a 123bhp Ford Puma in ST-Line trim sits in group 12, while the petrol Hyundai Kona with 118bhp will be slightly more expensive to insure because it starts in group 16.

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Depreciation

The Yaris Cross range offers a sliding scale in terms of residual values, with the cheaper Icon model performing the best. After a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period, our latest expert data suggests that an Icon model will hold onto around 54 per cent of their original list price, while a GR Sport will see this figure fall to 51 per cent.

If you want a small SUV that retains its value even better, take a look at the Volkswagen T-Roc. In 1.0 110 Life trim, it’ll retain around 60 per cent of its value over the same period.

To get an accurate valuation on a specific model check out our valuation tool...

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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