Toyota GR Yaris review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

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  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 COTY
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  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 rear seats
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 infotainment
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 left panning
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 front seats
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 boot open
What Car?’s GR Yaris deals
New car deals
Target Price from £30,020
or from £306pm
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Nearly new deals
From £34,999
Leasing deals
From £342pm

Introduction

What Car? says...

Say hello to the Toyota GR Yaris, and the return of the homologation special. And if you’re wondering what a homologation special is, don’t worry – we’re here to help.

You see, in rallying, the rules dictate that your race car has to be based on an existing road car, and a certain number of them must be built to 'homologate' the model so it gets approval to be used in the sport. If that sounds like an expensive way to go racing, well, it is.

Want proof? Well, for starters, it shares just four exterior body parts with the standard Yaris, has a carbon-fibre roof, is available only as a three-door, and features an all-new platform under that muscular body. The rear section is a mix of bits from the larger Toyota Corolla hatchback and the CH-R SUV. Oh, and did we mention that it features the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine? 

It develops 257bhp and 266lb ft of torque, which is sent to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox and a clever all-wheel drive system. The result is a car that can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 143mph. That puts this Ford Fiesta ST sized car in the same performance league as larger, more powerful hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS

How does the Toyota GR Yaris's rally pedigree translate to the road, though? Read on through this review and we’ll tell you. Then, if your appetite for a hot hatch has been whetted, you should check out the free What Car? New Car Buying service to find how much you could save on your next pocket rocket. There are some impressive GR Yaris deals

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £30,020
or from £306pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £34,999
Leasing deals
From £342pm
RRP price range £30,020 - £33,520
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 34.3 - 34.3
Available doors options 3
Warranty 5
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £2,151 / £2,410
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £4,302 / £4,820
Available colours