“This is a clever and excellent all-rounder. For the rational stuff, the Yaris Cross scores well – it’s practical, roomy for passengers and luggage and very economical. You can be sure that it’s going to be reliable, and thanks to Toyota’s 10-year warranty support, it’ll be easy to sell. It sounds good and rarely gives away the fact it’s being driven through an E-CVT
“Where the Yaris Cross has the capacity to surprise and delight is in its fourth-generation hybrid drivetrain. Its unstressed 1.5-litre triple is smooth and eager, and mates beautifully with the E-CVT transmission and motor to create an effortless drive that works well in pretty much any situation. For one, the transmission doesn’t leave the engine mooing its disapproval… and you can sense the e-motor is really making a contribution to the car’s mid-range punch.
“Then there’s the handling, which is far better than its jacked-up suspension would lead you to suspect. Turn-in is eager, the steering is fluid in its response and the damping gives the firm suspension a welcome degree of pliancy. Considering it’s been conceived as a family hack, it’s unusually excellent in that regard. And that leaves it looking like a safe and sound choice with hidden depths that should mean lasting happiness in the long run.”