What Car? says...
The Toyota GR86 sports car you see here takes inspiration from the Japanese phrase ‘waku waku doki doki’ – meaning ‘heart-pounding excitement’. And that's what it aims to deliver, in the form of a compact, lightweight coupé that’s relatively affordable to run.
The GR86 is the sequel to the car badged the Toyota GT86 (sold new from 2012 to 2021). It sits below the flagship Toyota GR Supra coupé in the Japanese car maker's range, and costs slightly less than the Toyota GR Yaris. And while that Yaris is a little four-wheel-drive hot hatch that offers darty, grippy thrills more akin to a rally car, the GR86 delivers a very different driving experience.
Rival cars include the the Audi TT and BMW 2 Series Coupé while the Mazda MX-5 RF and its folding hardtop roof is the closest when it comes to offering lightweight thrills (although the GR86 is hardtop only – at least for now).
So, is the Toyota GR86 as good as the best coupés on sale? A low entry price is a good starting point, but this review will cover much more than that, including how it stacks up in terms of performance, handling, comfort, how practical it is and how much it will cost to run.
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|RRP price range||£29,995 - £32,085|
|Number of trims (see all)||1|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||32.1 - 32.1|
|Available doors options||2|
|Warranty||NaN year / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£2,110 / £2,265|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£4,221 / £4,530|