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.