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Toyota GR Yaris (Toyota Gazoo Racing) Hatchback

MSRP 33200 EURNEX score 80%

Product Overview

The new GR Yaris is a performance car in subcompact package. Born from Toyota's title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship, it inherits the design and engineering skills of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. GR Yaris is Toyota's first true all-wheel drive, homologated model for World Rally Championship since the end of production of the Celica GT-FOUR in 1999.
GR Yaris features a lower roof line for lower drag. The new 1.6L turbocharged engine is positioned further back towards the center of the car, and the battery is relocated in the trunk (boot). These changes improve the weight distribution and hence handling, stability, and responsiveness.
The body of GR Yaris is made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber polymer and aluminium, while the combination of two platforms (TNGA: GA-B that is shared with the Yaris hatchback in the front, and TNGA: GA-C that is used by larger vehicles such as the Prius and Corolla in the rear) widens the rear track, providing improved high-speed stability. It also allows for double-wishbone suspensions to be installed there. The car is 91mm lower than the base Yaris hatchback.
Last but not least, the GR Yaris features Toyota's new GR-FOUR four-wheel drive system. A high-response coupling distributes torque between the front and rear axles. As an option, two Torsen limited-slip differentials in the two axles further manage the split of power between the left and right wheels. The system also uses slightly different gear ratios for the front and rear axles, allowing for a theoretical range of 100:0 (pure FWD) and 0:100 (pure RWD) power split.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful four-wheel drive system
  • Fantastic low-speed ride
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Excellent handling
  • Impressive handling
  • Spacious and fun to drive
Cons
  • Lack of practicality
  • Lacklustre rear-end dynamics
  • Not as powerful as some rivals
  • No two-wheel drive option
  • Not the most fun to drive
  • Nothing in particular
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Specifications

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated disc 356mm
Brakes | Rear
297mm
Suspension | Front
MacPherson
Suspension | Rear
Double wishbone
Tire Size
225/40 R18
Turning Circle
10.8 m

Construction

Platform
TNGA: GA-B (front) / TNGA: GA-C (rear)

Dimensions

Size | Height
1460 mm
Size | Length
3995 mm
Size | Width
1805 mm
Weight
1280 kg
Wheelbase
2558 mm

Powertrain

Engine | Displacement
1.6 L
Engine | Power
261 DIN hp
Engine | Torque
360 Nm
Engine | Type
Inline-3 turbocharged G16E-GTS
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual

Production

Debut
2020 Tokyo Auto Salon
Made In
Japan (Toyota City)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Three-cylinder engine sounds vocally meek-and-mild at first; a bit like an angry Daihatsu Charade with a loud-hailer. But once you’ve discovered how keenly it responds to throttle inputs, how indefatigably boosty it feels through the mid-range, and how freely it revs beyond 5000rpm. I’d swear it feels every bit as potent as early Subaru Impreza Turbos did, only without the laggy pause for intake of breath of the old Scoob.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Punchy mid-range
  • Impressive handling
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Forged instead of cast 18in alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, Torsen limited-slip diffs front and rear, stiffer springs, dampers and roll bars. Circuit Pack, £3500 and equipped here, is rather more racy. has sat-nav, parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, a head-up display and a JBL sound system.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Ridiculous rearview mirror
  • Not as powerful as some rivals

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
, the Ford's sound is more authentic. The three-pot engine has a bassy rumble that in Sport or Track is accompanied by some characterful pops from the exhaust on gearchanges. The shift itself is lighter than the Toyota's, but just as engaging. On the road both cars are uncompromising, but they also offer the quality of damping that means you can really commit to corners.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Spacious and fun to drive
  • Spacious boot space
  • Decent infotainment tech
Cons
  • Lack of practicality
  • No two-wheel drive option

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
re, three-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 257bhp and an energetic 360Nm between 3,000-4,600rpm, giving a claimed 0-62mph time of just 5.5sec. It rides on beautiful looking forged 18-inch BBS alloy wheels that wear Michelin Pilot 4S tyres. Its brakes are lifted straight from the new Supra and are huge relative to the GR's diminutive dimensions.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive straight-line performance
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons
  • Not the most fun to drive

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Yaris GR comes in at 1280kg, giving a power to weight ratio of 201bhp per tonne. Maximum power occurs at 6500rpm and although the engine's flexibility means most b-road jaunts can be done at far lower revs, there is more than enough reward for stretching it towards the red line. Steering feel from the slightly too high driving position isn't remarkable, but by the current standards of electric power steering it does a decent job.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Impressive handling
  • Excellent handling
Cons
  • Lacklustre rear-end dynamics

carwow[6]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following***:
The new Toyota GR Yaris is a seriously menacing little hot hatch. The standard car's grumpy, downturned grille has been ditched in favour of a huge, barn-door-like opening in the front bumper. You also get a unique three-door layout instead of the standard Yaris' boxier five-door shape. Under the bonnet – but tucked as far back as possible for better weight distribution – sits a 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine pumping out 261hp.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful turbo engine
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Toyota GR Yaris 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/toyota/gr-yaris/first-drives/toyota-gr-yaris-2020-uk-review. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Toyota GR Yaris 2021 long-term review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/toyota/gr-yaris/long-term-reviews/toyota-gr-yaris-2021-long-term-review. 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
3. ^ Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-group-tests/354167/toyota-gr-yaris-vs-ford-fiesta-st-edition. 2021-01-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/yaris/353649/new-toyota-gr-yaris-2020-review. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Toyota GR Yaris review: WRC's loss is our gain. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/toyota/gr-yaris/. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Toyota GR Yaris Review. [carwow]. https://www.carwow.co.uk/toyota/gr-yaris. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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