The Toyota Yaris for Euro and Asian markets is refreshed, and now it's essentially been doubled. That's because the fourth generation of this five-door is now joined by the Yaris Cross SUV. The standard hatchback is expected to reach European dealers this summer, with the Yaris Cross arriving next year.
At this point, those who want the Yaris might find themselves faced with a dilemma. Which one do I choose, the low-riding hatchback or the high-riding SUV?
It's a matter of taste and price
To help you through this choice, we offer this comparison of stats and photos. Both offer the new 116-bhp (87-kilowatt) 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid powertrain, but the Yaris Cross will offer both front-wheel drive and an AWD-i system when it goes on sale.
It must also be noted that price will certainly be a factor here as well. Unfortunately, we don't know how that will match up, as pricing for the Yaris Cross hasn't been released. However, we do know the new Yaris is expected to start at less than £20,000.
Same wheelbase, bigger dimensions
Being based on the same architecture, it is not surprising that Toyota Yaris and Yaris Cross have exactly the same wheelbase, measuring 2.56 metres (100.7 inches) between the front and rear axles.
From there, the dimensions between the two start to change. The overall length of the Yaris Cross is 4.18 m (164.5 in.) compared to 3.94 m (155.1 in.) for the standard model. That equates to a difference of 24 centimetres (9.4 in.) which is seen in larger overhangs on the Yaris Cross both front and rear. Specifically, the SUV is 6 cm (2.3 in.) longer in the front and 18 cm (7in.) longer at the back.
Measurements for comparison
|Toyota Yaris||Toyota Yaris Cross|
|Length||3,940 mm (155.1 in.)||4,180 mm (164.5 in.)|
|Width||1,745 mm (68.7 in.)||1,765 mm (69.3 in.)|
|Height||1,470 mm (57.8 in.)||1,560 mm (61.4 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,560 mm (100.7 in.)||2,560 mm (100.7 in.)|
|Trunk||286 litres (10.1 cubic feet)||350 litres (12.3 cubic feet) - est.|
More space for passengers and cargo
As the above stats show, the Yaris Cross offers more space inside as well as a 3 cm (1.1 in.) of additional ground clearance. The overall height difference is 9 cm (3.5 in.) which means there's more headroom inside the SUV. The Yaris Cross is also slightly wider thanks to its revised bodywork, creating more room inside for passengers.
At the moment there is no official data on the cargo capacity for the Yaris Cross, but we estimate it should be around 350 litres (12.3 cubic feet). However, we do know the rear compartment is equipped with adjustable belts to hold objects, and it will feature an electric liftgate.
Round or square? The choice is yours.
In terms of style, there are actually many differences between the two models. The Yaris Cross favours sharper lines inspired by the facets of a diamond, to give a sense of "solidity and practicality" as its designers say.
This more massive and squared aspect, necessary to express the more adventurous spirit of the SUV, is also intended to distinguish the new model from the standard Yaris, which instead relies heavily on rounded shapes and an alternation of curves with straight lines.
Wheel openings highlight the difference in design language
The clearest example of this comes from the wheel arches, which are evident and well-marked on both compacts. However, the Yaris Cross clearly adopts a more polygonal than circular pattern.
As for the wheels, 18-inch alloy designs help to fill the large wheel arches of the Yaris Cross. The new launch colour called Brass Gold helps to give it an "active and high quality" appearance, as said by one of the SUV's designers, Lance Scott.
Very similar inside
Of course, we can't offer a comparison without stepping inside both models.
As you might expect, the interior layout is nearly identical between the Yaris and the Yaris Cross, featuring the same dash layout with similar features, as well as the same steering wheel, centre console, and door panels.
There are some noteworthy differences. The instrument panel for the standard Yaris maintains a split between circular indications at the corners with an info screen in the middle. The Yaris Cross gets a display with a single-element speedometer in the centre.
Lastly, you'll find other small differences with the fabrics and materials used, though overall interior design is virtually identical.