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Toyota Yaris Cross 2022: five-star ANCAP safety rating for small hybrid SUV


Toyota’s smallest SUV records an impressive score from ANCAP Safety, but is pinged for lacking rangewide reversing AEB

Toyota’s decision to pack the new Yaris Cross small SUV full of safety tech has paid off with ANCAP Safety this morning bestowing a five-star rating on the smallest Toyota crossover.

The scores apply to the full Toyota Yaris Cross range in Australia, with the five-star rating taking in both the Yaris Cross hybrid and petrol engines, plus the GX, GXL and Urban trims.

Toyota Yaris Cross 2022 crash test
The Yaris Cross scored highly for both crashworthiness and safety assist systems.

The Australian car safety body noted a high level of crashworthiness for the Yaris Cross, with ANCAP Safety chief executive Carla Hoorweg saying the SUV “achieved maximum points for its protection of adult occupants in the side impact, oblique pole and whiplash tests.”

The decision to equip the Yaris Cross SUV (and the smaller Yaris hatchback) with a centre airbag paid dividends in ANCAP’s testing, with Hoorweg noting “occupant-to-occupant protection was also good” with the centre airbag minimising head clash injuries.

On crashworthiness, the Yaris Cross scored 86 percent for adult occupant protection and, again, 86 percent for child occupant protection.

Toyota Yaris Cross 2022 crash test side impact
In this picture, the standard centre airbag of the Yaris Cross can be seen preventing a possible head clash.

A larger proportion of ANCAP’s scores have been dedicated to advanced safety technologies in recent years – both their presence and their efficacy in testing.

Ms Hoorweg called attention to the AEB system fitted to the Yaris Cross, which “scored well in forward-travel scenarios” and demonstrated a tested ability to avoid striking pedestrians.

Points lost for lacking reversing AEB

However, the Yaris Cross was pinged for not being fitted with reversing AEB. Ms Hoorweg noted that “the standard AEB system does not react to vulnerable road users in reverse” with ANCAP recording a score of zero for AEB Backover, or reversing AEB.

As such, the Yaris Cross scored 78 percent for vulnerable road user protection but a decent 82 percent for safety assist systems.

Toyota Yaris Cross 2022 AEB cyclist
Frontal AEB worked well, but there was a loss of points over reversing AEB.

Toyota Australia clarified to Chasing Cars earlier in 2021 that the Yaris Cross is fitted with reversing AEB from the mid-tier GXL upward, though the base model GX does not feature this potentially life-saving technology.

Ms Hoorweg said the Toyota Yaris Cross is “very well equipped in the areas of physical crash protection and active collision avoidance.”

Toyota Yaris Cross 2021: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • GX petrol: $26,990
  • GX hybrid 2WD: $28,990
  • GXL petrol: $29,990
  • GX hybrid AWD: $31,990
  • GXL hybrid 2WD: $31,990
  • Urban petrol: $32,990
  • GXL hybrid AWD: $34,990
  • Urban hybrid 2WD: $34,990
  • Urban hybrid AWD: $37,990