Toyota GR Yaris review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Space in the front of the Toyota GR Yaris is perfectly acceptable; all shapes and sizes of driver should be happy with the head and leg room on offer. Toyota also includes a decent glovebox and plenty of cubbies dotted around the interior in which to store odds and ends. 

Space in the back, however, is a different story. In order to improve aerodynamics, Toyota drastically lowered the roofline of the GR compared with the standard Toyota Yaris. Therefore, the rear seats are only acceptable for children or very short adults – even at 5 foot 9 inches, one of our road testers could not physically sit upright. And unlike the Ford Fiesta ST, which you can get in five-door form, the GR only comes as a three-door, so getting in and out is a bit of a faff, too. 

The boot is also painfully small. It’s big enough for a small weekly shop or three carry-on suitcases (one fewer than the regular Yaris will take), but that’s your lot. At least when you drop the GR’s 60/40-split folding rear seats they don’t leave an awkward stepped floor like you get in the Fiesta.

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