New Nissan Juke hybrid vs Toyota Yaris Cross: costs

With fuel-sipping hybrid power, these small SUVs both promise to keep running costs low. But which is the better all-rounder?...

Nissan Juke Hybrid side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

In these mid-rung trims, the Toyota Yaris Cross’s list price is a fair bit lower than the Nissan Juke’s, but if you use our free online New Car Buying service, you can get a much larger discount on the latter. You should, therefore, be able to get your hands on a Juke for fractionally less than the equivalent Yaris Cross.

Most buyers, however, will go down the PCP finance route, and here the Yaris Cross is the cheaper option, thanks to its lower list price and slower predicted rate of depreciation. Sign on the dotted line for a three-year contract with an initial £3000 deposit and a 10,000-mile annual limit and the Yaris Cross will set you back £352 per month to the Juke’s £396.

Toyota Yaris Cross side

Over three years of ownership, the Yaris Cross will be quite a bit cheaper to run for private cash buyers, thanks not only to those stronger resale values but also lower insurance premiums, cheaper servicing and significantly lower fuel bills. The Yaris Cross averaged an impressive 60.1mpg in our real-world True MPG test (to the Juke’s 43.3mpg), making it the most frugal petrol car we’ve ever tested.

It’s the same story if you’re a company car driver paying benefit-in-kind tax, with the Yaris Cross costing £219 per month to the Juke’s £252 (assuming you’re in the 40% tax bracket).

Both cars come with plenty of standard equipment, including climate control, cruise control, full LED headlights and keyless entry. Although it’s surprising that the Yaris Cross lacks parking sensors, it compensates by coming with adaptive cruise control (which adjusts your speed automatically to stay a set distance from the car in front) and roof rails, neither of which the Juke gets in this trim.

Nissan Juke Hybrid vs Toyota Yaris Cross costs

Either way, you get a reasonable roster of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, while each has a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. That said, the Juke was tested in 2019 under a less stringent set of standards than those in place in 2021 when the Yaris Cross was assessed.

Neither car featured in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, but Toyota ranked a highly creditable second (out of 32) in the overall brand league table, with Nissan down in 25th place. To give you peace of mind, three-year warranties are included, but Toyota will extend this to 10 years or 100,000 miles, if you have the car serviced annually at a franchised dealer.

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