Toyota GR Yaris 1.6 3dr AWD Review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
3 doors
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RRP£30,020
Review

Don’t let the fact that it shares a name with Toyota’s regular five-door Yaris hatchback fool you – the GR is a truly special machine. Not only does it pack the firepower to embarrass far more expensive performance cars, but it’s also perfectly suited for UK roads with its startling all-wheel drive traction, diminutive dimensions and incredible high-speed composure. As long as you’re prepared to live with a few compromises on the practicality front, what you’ll be getting in return is one of the most characterful and entertaining hot hatches of the last decade.

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The standard GR Yaris comes fairly well equipped with figure-hugging sports seats, a GR leather steering wheel, an 8in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and push-button start, GR floor mats, aluminium pedals and a black leather gear shift with red stitching. The Convenience pack introduces a punchier eight speaker JBL sound system, sat-nav, front & rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert with brake assist, a blind spot monitor, a head up display, an illuminated entry system and a UV Windscreen. Our favourite pack comes with beautiful 18in BBS forged alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin pilot Sport 4s tyres, a 4WD torsen limited-slip differential, sports suspension and red GR sports front & rear brake calipers.

Packing 261bhp and 266lb ft of torque, the 1.6-litre engine in the Yaris GR is actually the world’s most powerful three cylinder engine. It sends this power to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox and a clever all-wheel drive system. The net result is a car that can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds (according to our own testing) and will go on to a limited top speed of 143mph. That puts this Fiesta ST sized car in the same performance leagues as larger and more powerful hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS.


Key information

Doors3
Seats4
0-62 MPH5.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

34.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

141

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

186

g/km

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