Totalcar – Tests – Test: Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5 Hybrid 4X2 Premiere JBL

The Toyota hybrid is infinitely annoying for the first few days, which I always have to get used to after a lot of times, because the sticky acceleration experience underpinned by the painfully burning engine sound of the accelerator pedal depressing is like having poorly synchronized picture and sound. However, it cannot be taken from him that few hybrids operate as frugally and carelessly as the Japanese system, not accidentally used by others with preference. If this small and anorexic Yaris Cross did as much for the planet as a hybrid recreational car with hundreds of horsepower, plugged in, it would deserve a green numbered shoulder. Perhaps nothing shows how comic this is all about.

As station wagons and coupes disappear, so does the air around traditional small cars, and they are being replaced by small recreational cars, of which there are plenty now. Toyota has missed several laps with the late-arriving Yaris Cross, but it’s enough to just look around the road and it’s already clear that the double-decker car is a bigger hit than the Coco Jamboo ever was. They were cleverly seated with the fact that the Yaris is more than an acre smaller, so the Cross really feels like a more spacious car, yet the rear bench is still cramped and the view is only slightly better than the C-HR due to the chunky rear roof pillar. in a dark stack. It is basically a two-seater car, as its wheelbase is the same as the ground floor Yaris, so the rear row is more suitable for carrying a child.

The passenger compartment clearly follows the line of the small car, so passengers were poured around hard plastic everywhere, with just as much upholstery as is absolutely necessary for a better mood. The door panels look interesting, but I’ve also seen more comfortable and dignified aging solutions with the handle hidden deep in the scratched plastic. Equally awful is the two-level floor of the 397-liter trunk, which is so dim that it already looks fragmented and ragged.

It has comfortable front seats with an armrest in the middle and the instrument panel opposite me is easy to use, nothing surprising. Close to the door are the steering wheel heater, headlight range adjustment and electric tailgate switches, behind the steering wheel is a clock group with a digital display in the middle, and above the gearbox rises a cordless phone charger, climate control and an infinitely simple touch screen. Its menu doesn’t have impenetrable depths, overall it doesn’t offer many features other than radio and navigation, but even with Apple CarPlay, even that is a bit redundant. There’s a JBL logo on the speakers and it looks quite promising at first because I also like my headphones from them, even though I chose it by no means with the careful precision of an audiophile. In the Yaris Cross, on the other hand, it’s just a shit, which makes a better smartphone sound more alive in itself, so I wouldn’t pull 300,000 forints out of my wallet for that.

The cheapest Yaris starts from HUF 6.65 million, which is a manual transmission, the front wheels are driven by a generous 120-horsepower petrol engine, while the hybrid drive costs 1.2 million forints more. The gold-colored, black-roofed test car starts from HUF 10.1 million with Premiere Edition equipment, in which there is hardly a missing item. LED headlights illuminate at night, roll on pretty rims and heat your seats. Only the version that drives its rear wheels with an electric motor can do much more if mountain driving is part of someone’s daily routine.

Unlike the all-wheel drive version, the front suspension of the front-wheel-drive Yaris Cross is coupled with a swingarm and brings the classic recreational car problem, so it runs briskly while tipping when cornering. Instead of its 215-wide tires pulled on 18-inch rims, I’d rather taste a more ballooned out of it for everyday use. Many are already able to do this quite nicely, and the Suzuki Vitara and Ford Puma are also more harmonious cars.

So after depressing the accelerator pedal comes the characteristic sticky acceleration (0-100 in a narrow 12 seconds), only here, unlike the two Prius, not with a four-cylinder background, but with the sound of three pistons. The 116-horsepower system power is ample for such a small bump, if not the highway is the main transport line, because there is a windy and sluggish car. For commuting to the city, on the other hand, I could imagine few more economical and practical cars than the Yaris Cross, which has a small but livable interior. Even my heaviest consumption started with just 5.

It looks cute (not just because of its color) because it blends elements of the more angular RAV4 and the prettier Yaris so much that it will end up being such an undeniably Japanese-looking SUV-looking car. He’s well-suited for a downward-widening grille and a craving for adventure, and the rear lights that extend wide in the blackness are also good for his proportions.

With all its small flaws, I liked the Toyota Yaris Cross because, in addition to the pounding door closes and noticeable savings, the overall goodness of operation and low fuel consumption can be a pleasure. Then, to his defeat on the last day, I sat in the Honda HR-V, which is also a hybrid thing that also looks like a SUV that grew from a small car, only with similar consumption, it is more dynamic, quieter, more spacious and offers a whole different standard to passengers. All for similar money, done fairly, in a quality experience miles ahead of the Toyota Yaris Cross.

Totalcar Reviews – Toyota 1.5 Hybrid 4X2 Premiere JBL – 2022

With a little consumption, a cute look and carefree, the hybrid Yaris Cross would have been worth an eight, but unfortunately it is better for the same amount of money. Much better.