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New Toyota Yaris Cross vs used Hyundai Tucson: costs

The Toyota Yaris Cross is one of the cheapest hybrid SUVs you can buy new, but would you be better off with a one-year-old Hyundai Tucson for the same money?...

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid Badge

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

Buy a Design-spec Toyota Yaris Cross through our online New Car Buying service at the Target Price and you'll pay £25,010. Meanwhile, a year-old Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Premium is also likely to set you back around £25,000.

On the other hand, over the next three years, the Tucson is predicted to shed £6025 of its value – £3285 less than the Yaris Cross.  

Alternatively, if you buy on PCP finance, the Yaris Cross will set you back £260 per month as part of a 42-month contract that also involves a £3982 deposit and an 8000-mile annual limit. If you'd like to keep the car at the end of the contract, that'll be an extra £13,186.

Hyundai Tucson 2020 Rear bumper and exhaust

As for the Tucson, under the same terms (except it being a 36-month agreement), we were quoted £346. The final payment was £9876. 

You'll spend more on fuel with the Tucson; during testing, it averaged 42.3mpg, while the Yaris Cross managed a remarkable 62.8mpg. What's more, the latter should be cheaper to insure because it's in group 12 instead of group 19.

Maintaining the Yaris Cross comes in at £230 for an intermediate service and £315 for a full one. Plus, as long as you keep servicing your car via Toyota, you'll have a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. For the Tucson, we were quoted £300 for a fourth-year service. And it will have four years left of its five-year/100,000-mile warranty left. 

Toyota Yaris Cross drive mode button

Both cars come with plenty of standard equipment, including climate control, cruise control, full LED headlights and keyless entry and start. The Tucson adds heated front seats to that list. 

In our 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Yaris Cross came fifth out of 22 cars in the small SUV class. The Tucson came 12th out of 34 models in the family SUV class. As brands, Toyota ranked second and Hyundai seventh. The total number of manufacturers featured was 32. 

During safety testing conducted by the independent experts at Euro NCAP, both cars received the maximum five-star rating.


New rivals, used rivals

Nissan Juke Hybrid front cornering

The Nissan Juke is a popular rival to the Yaris Cross. You can get in hybrid form (a 1.0-litre petrol is also available) and it has a slightly plusher interior and more space for rear-seat passengers. It's nowhere near as efficient, though. 

A family SUV that shares many parts with the Hyundai Tucson is the Kia Sportage. It has an even classier interior, a better ride and handling balance, and a great infotainment system. The trade off is that it's generally a slightly more expensive used buy.