There aren't any significant visual changes to this improved Yaris Cross. Which means that, as before, two words are supposed to sum up the look of this car; 'robust' and 'minimalistic'. The first references the design cues it shares with other Toyota SUVs - the RAV4-like squared-off wheel arches for instance. The second word is suggestive of this Yaris Cross model's dinky compact dimensions; it's 4,180mm long, 1,765mm wide and 1,560mm tall. To give you some class perspective, that makes it 6mm shorter than a Ford Puma but 45mm longer than a Nissan Juke.
Thankfully, this is more than a Yaris supermini with an SUV makeover. The wheelbase is 240mm longer, the ground clearance is 30mm higher and it's 90mm higher and 20mm wider. And there are some unique Yaris Cross styling details too - the way the exterior has been sculpted to feature a diamond shape when viewed from the top for instance. There are bigger wheels too, up to 18-inches in size.
Inside, the Yaris supermini parentage is much more obvious - even the door cards are the same. But there's differentiation too - the steering wheel, the instrumentation and the larger central touchscreen are all unique to the Yaris Cross, as is the useful storage bin added in the centre console. With this updated design, the seat upholstery has been refreshed with a new pattern and a soft lower instrument panel covering has been introduced on all grades.
This revised model also features a cabin redesigned for more of a 'digital experience'. This takes in both a customisable driver's instrument display and a faster and more powerful multimedia system with added functionality. The combimeter instrument display will be either 7.0 or 12.3-inches depending on trim and is customisable with up to four selectable layout options: 'Smart', 'Casual', 'Sporty' and 'Tough'.
As for the cabin's central infotainment monitor (which now comes with wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'), well that now comes either in a base 9.0-inch guise, or, if you stretch to the pricier 'Toyota Smart Connect' multimedia system, is 10.5-inches in size. That ritzier set-up provides cloud-based navigation, with an 'always connected' system ensuring journey planning benefits from up-to-the-moment information on routes, traffic and delays. This display also now incorporates an intuitive "Hey Toyota" voice recognition system. For example, simply state 'Hey Toyota, I'm cold' and the system will automatically raise the climate control temperature.
As before, this Yaris Cross model is actually better packaged inside than a C-HR, a car which, though 200mm longer, offers less rear seat space than this, its cheaper showroom stablemate. There's a more practically-sized 397-litre boot too, with features like an adjustable-height cargo floor, underfloor storage and Toyota's Belt Flex system for securing small items.