Toyota Yaris Cross review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

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

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 setup means that you’ll benefit from superb economy figures and low CO2 emissions. 

The Japanese manufacturer claims that the Cross should return an average of between 54-64mpg, depending on your chosen specification and whether you’ve opted for front- or all-wheel-drive. During our test of a FWD version in Design trim, we managed 66.5mpg on a mixture of roads, so Toyota’s numbers certainly seem to stack up in real-world driving.

For company car drivers who aren’t considering a plug-in or all-electric car just yet, the entry Yaris Cross Icon model has reasonably low CO2 emissions of 100g/km, which attracts a Benefit-in-Kind 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.

In comparison, a 123bhp Ford Puma in Titanium Design trim is in group 14, although the SEAT Arona SE with 94bhp should be cheaper to insure as it starts in group 9.

Depreciation

The Yaris Cross range offers a sliding scale in terms of residual values, with the entry Icon versions performing the best. After a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period, expert data suggests the Icon will hold onto around 57 per cent of its original list price, while upgrading to Design and Excel variants sees this figure fall to 54-56 per cent. Top-of-the-range Premiere Edition cars aren’t quite as strong on the used market, retaining around 50 per cent after the same three-year period.

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