New Nissan Juke hybrid vs Toyota Yaris Cross: practicality

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 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Although the Nissan Juke is the physically bigger car, front seat space in both is impressive; even those north of six feet tall will find that there’s plenty of head and leg room. The main difference is that the Juke’s interior is broader, but it’s not like you’ll be bashing elbows with your passenger in the Toyota Yaris Cross either.

The Juke has noticeably more leg room for rear seat occupants, but the Yaris Cross is far from cramped, and both cars provide plenty of space for your feet under their front seats. There’s little to split the two on rear head room, but both have a slightly raised middle seat, so its occupant’s hair is more likely to brush the headlining. That said, if you’re regularly planning to travel five up, the wider Juke is a touch more accommodating – even if its small side windows make it feel rather claustrophobic in the back.

Toyota Yaris Cross rear seats

The Yaris Cross hits back with a significantly larger boot. It’s deceptively long and deep and can accommodate an impressive seven carry-on suitcases beneath its tonneau cover, compared with just five in the Juke. Lifting heavy items into the Yaris Cross’s boot can be tricky, though, because there’s a significant drop from its lip to the boot floor; the Juke benefits from an adjustable boot floor that can be raised to alleviate that drop.

On the other hand, the Yaris Cross gets more versatile rear seatbacks that fold in a handy 40/20/40 configuration, with the Juke having to make do with a more traditional 60/40 split.

Boot space

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke Hybrid boot

Boot capacity 354-1237 litres Suitcases 5

Toyota Yaris Cross

Toyota Yaris Cross boot

Boot capacity 397-1097 litres Suitcases 7

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