21 January 2022
The Toyota Yaris Cross has won the 2022 What Car? True MPG award, setting a new record for average fuel economy in the magazine’s independent test.
The compact SUV, launched in the UK in summer 2022, is powered by Toyota’s fourth generation fully hybrid electric system – the same hyper-efficient powertrain that’s featured in the Yaris hatchback, the current European Car of the Year. Founded on almost a quarter of century of Toyota hybrid technology expertise, it enables a high percentage of pure electric, zero emission EV driving in typical urban commuting journeys.
Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, said: “The Yaris Cross averaged 60.1mpg in our real-world True MPG fuel economy test – the best average figure we’ve ever seen and encouragingly close to its official total of 62.7mpg. But even more impressively, it achieved an astonishing 103.3mpg on our True MPG town cycle.”
What Car? presents its True MPG figures as performance that people “can typically expect from a car when it’s driven sensibly and within speed limits.” The standardised test procedure replicates a mixed driving route on a rolling road and is carried out in controlled laboratory conditions, so results are not affected by external factors such as weather conditions and traffic.
Fuel and emissions efficiency is just one aspect of Yaris Cross’s appeal; created using the same “Big-Small” packaging concept as the hatchback model, it provides generous, flexible passenger and load space within a compact, urban-friendly footprint. Its design also draws on Toyota’s heritage of SUV innovation and engineering expertise. As an authentic SUV, it is optionally available with Toyota’s AWD-i intelligent all-wheel drive.
Mark Roden, Toyota (GB) Operations Director, said: “The award and the What Car? test results are a great validation of how our market-leading hybrid electric technology delivers genuine efficiency in day-to-day driving. That means not just savings on fuel costs for motorists but also lower emissions – particularly in urban areas. More than that, our self-charging hybrid technology is engineered so that its benefits are easily realised – customers don’t have to compromise their lifestyle to get the best from their vehicle and the driving experience is wonderfully smooth, quiet and refined.”