The interior layout, fit and finish
If you’re a fan of the high driving position that you get with large SUVs, you’ll be impressed by the Toyota Yaris Cross’s lofty feel. You sit much higher up than you do in a Skoda Kamiq. You won’t struggle with forward visibility because that raised seating position is combined with thin windscreen pillars.
Seeing out of the back is a different story because the rear pillars are quite a bit chunkier than the Kamiq's. Thankfully, every version comes with a standard issue rear-view camera, while Excel trim adds front and rear parking sensors.
Whichever infotainment screen you end up with, the Toyota operating system is rather clunky. Fortunately, you can bypass it by mirroring a cut-down version of your smartphone's display on to the touchscreen using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, both of which are standard across the range.
Everything else in the interior is laid out in a sensible way, and you get physical controls for the standard climate control, making it a doddle to operate on the move. Everything feels sturdily screwed together, but the interior lacks the upmarket feel you get in the Nissan Juke – let alone the Mini Countryman.