Toyota GR Yaris review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Passenger & boot space

Toyota GR Yaris 2021 rear seats
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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
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Space in the front of the GR Yaris is perfectly acceptable, and all shapes and sizes of driver should be happy with the head and leg room on offer. Toyota includes a decent glovebox and plenty of cubbies for odds and ends. Space in the back is a different story. To improve aerodynamics, Toyota drastically lowered the roofline of the GR compared with the standard Toyota Yaris.

The rear seats are only acceptable for children and very short adults – even our shortest 5ft 4in reviewer’s head brushes the roof. Unlike the Ford Fiesta ST, which you can have in five-door form, the GR only comes as a three-door, so squeezing in and out through the tiny gap behind the front seat is a bit of a faff. Worse, only the passenger seat slides and tilts forwards with the pull of one lever, and it doesn’t remember the seat angle when you slide it back either.