While the Toyota Yaris Cross supermini is the not the quickest cat out of the bag, it’s a Toyota – so you know you are getting a good deal.

The name Yaris comes from Charis, the singular form of Charities, the Greek goddesses of charm and beauty, and to date the Yaris has sold almost 10 million units worldwide since it came on the market in 1999. So charm and beauty obviously worked!

There are five trims priced from £22,000 to £32,000 and the Cross is available with just one engine option – a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol that uses a hybrid system to boost performance and efficiency which gives you 0-62mph in 11 seconds, more than enough for today’s motoring needs. 

The car will run solely on electric power around town if you don’t push it too hard and you will easily get 60 miles to the gallon when you are just running around while the hybrid system keeps CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km. This is the way ahead of the future along with electric motoring.

The majority of models in the Yaris Cross range are front-wheel drive and the higher trims – Dynamic and Premiere Edition – have four-wheel drive on offer which makes it pretty good on muddy fields and other general messy driving. Driving up Ben Nevis might be a little bit difficult!

Generally the ride is pretty good. It’s firm, it’s not too noisy and the Cross is fun to drive which gives you bags of confidence behind the wheel. There is a stiff suspension which helps the smooth ride, the steering is near perfect and there is a good vision from the cab because you are sitting up higher than most other cars.

Then when you are looking from the rear you are helped with a rear-view camera which is standard issue with every version and the Excel trim trim has front and rear parking sensors too.

When you get into the Cross for the first time you are surprised with all the space that is available right through the car.

There’s plenty up front even sufficient head room for the six feet tall brigade with front storage space including two cupholders, a tray in front of the gear selector plus another under the infotainment screen for your phone. The door cupboards are rather small, taking just a bottle of water and precious little else.

Two six footers can get into the back all right too and there is plenty of boot space around the 400 litre mark which means you can easily get two large cases for a trip away. The Cross also has the 40/20/40-split folding rear seats in all apart from the entry-level trim. 

The Cross also has a handy two-piece height-adjustable boot floor that helps to reduce the loading lip. When it’s in its highest setting, there’s practically no lip at all and all versions has plenty of manual adjustment to the steering wheel and driver’s seat which work easily making driving so much easier. 

On the infotainment front the Icon and Design models both have an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, while the more expensive models have the 9.0in version and built-in sat-navigation.

Both Apple CarPlay or Android Autoare standard across the range and is typical with Toyota everything in the interior is laid out in a sensible well organised way.

There is a three-year manufacturer warranty, which can be extended with regular servicing at a Toyota dealer and every service has a 12 months warranty, up to 100,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first.