Toyota GR Yaris review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Toyota GR Yaris 2021 infotainment
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 COTY
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 rear right cornering
  • 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
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 COTY
  • Toyota GR Yaris 2021 rear right cornering
  • 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 £33,999
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From £342pm

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Once you tick the box for the Circuit Pack (the go-faster goodies we mentioned earlier make it well worth having) the Toyota GR Yaris is priced very much in line with larger and more powerful hot hatches such as the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Type R, Renault Mégane RS and VW Golf GTI. You might think that such a price tag is a bit rich for a hot hatch similar in size to a Ford Fiesta ST, but you have to remember that in raw performance terms the GR is right up there with the grown-ups. 

Toyota offers impressive finance deals from time to time, meaning you can have a GR Yaris on your drive for a lower monthly cost than a Civic Type R or Golf GTI. While a 1.6-litre, three-cylinder engine pumping out 261bhp isn’t going to be as parsimonious on fuel as a diesel, the official fuel economy figure of 34.3mpg means running costs shouldn’t break the bank. 

Overview

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 to 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, especially if you opt for the Circuit Pack.

  • An absolute riot in the bends
  • Scintillating straight-line performance
  • Competitive finance deals
  • Limited rear seat space
  • Bland interior
  • Poor rear visibility