2019 Toyota Yaris Y20 & GR Sport Hybrid - verdict

A couple of new trims pay homage to the original Toyota Yaris and the GRMN hot hatch. Are they worth the extra cash?...

Toyota Yaris Y20


So, are these two new additions worth upgrading to?

We’re not at all sold on the GR Sport, because it’s unnecessarily stiff with too harsh a ride. And for the same sort of money, you could even get your hands on the outstanding Ford Fiesta ST – a no-contest decision. Even the slightly more purse-friendly Suzuki Swift Sport will provide a much more enjoyable driving experience. 

Toyota Yaris GRS

The Y20 is a more interesting proposition, but it just doesn’t get enough upgrades to justify the £1000 premium over the next trim level down and our recommendation, the Icon Tech, because that trim also gets the option of the entry-level petrol engine or hybrid, reducing the cost even further. 

Toyota Yaris Y20

However, the Yaris finished first in our 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey small car category, while the hybrids have low CO2 emissions, which will be a benefit if you’re a business buyer. The Yaris is a decent enough small car proposition if you value low running costs and reliability, but pushing up the price tag with these special trims negates the appeal. It's also worth remembering that you could purchase our current Small Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Polo, for similar money.


Volkswagen Polo

Seat Ibiza

Y20 What Car? rating: 3 out of 5

GR Sport What Car? rating: 2 out of 5

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Toyota Yaris Y20 1.5 

Price £17,465 Engine 4cyl, 1496cc, petrol Power 109bhp at 6000rpm Torque 100lb ft at 4400rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 11sec Top speed 109mph Economy 48mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 118g/km, 24%

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Hybrid

Price £19,835 Engine 4cyl, 1496cc, petrol with electric motor Power 98bhp Torque 125lb ft Gearbox Electric CVT 0-62mph 11.8sec Top speed 103mph Economy 60.1mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 89g/km, 19%