Toyota GR Yaris review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:petrol
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The GR Yaris driver benefits from a supportive and figure-hugging sports driving seat with excellent adjustment and a steering wheel that moves up, down, forward and back by a plentiful amount. You do sit a little high compared to a Honda Civic Type R or Renault Megane RS, but the well-aligned steering wheel and pedals help you to settle in quickly. Even the leather-wrapped gear lever sits 5cm higher than it does in the standard Yaris to ensure it falls easily to hand. 

The interior design remains very similar to the standard Yaris, which is to say it feels solid but looks a little bland. That said, you should never be in any doubt over which Yaris you’re in, because the interior is peppered with GR badging – it’s on the sporty leather steering wheel, the engine start button and floor mats, and there’s even a little plaque on the centre console. 

Sitting atop the dashboard is an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system. The graphics look a little old hat and the system isn’t particularly snappy, but it’s fairly simple to use thanks in part to the physical shortcut buttons surrounding it. You get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, which is handy because it doesn’t come with sat-nav unless you select the Convenience Pack, and you can’t have it in conjunction with the Circuit Pack.

In terms of visibility, that high seating position gives you a great view forwards and to the side, but because the GR features a heavily tapered roofline, the rear window is tiny. To help mitigate that, all GR’s come with a rear-view camera.

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