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Should you buy a Toyota GR Yaris?

Yes, as long as you're prepared to live with a few compromises. If you're after a left-field hot hatch that can double up as a trackday car at the weekend, the Toyota GR Yaris is an excting new addition to the market from a carmaker that's been quietly building an impressive range of sports and performance cars.

Think of it as a next-level Ford Fiesta ST in terms of size and scope – but with vividly exciting performance and huge amounts of grip and traction. It's not cheap in cash terms and it's up against some big hitters such as the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS, but it has a unique appeal which makes it highly recommended for thrill seekers.

For those looking for one of the most specialised and bespoke hot hatches of the last decade, the GR Yaris should be right at the top of your list. Blending wicked thrills with supercar rivalling real-world pace, it’s more than a match for far pricier machines if you’re a serious performance car enthusiast.

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