Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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 exciting 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.

What we like

The GR Yaris feels special within a short distance of driving, with its small footprint and high grip levels making most roads feel more fun than they would in most other hatchbacks. Don’t underestimate the small three-cylinder engine, with strong performance and urgency to rev, with a positive-shifting gearbox to accompany it.

What we don’t like

The positioning of the pedals are a little awkward for long-legged drivers and we’d hope for a better sound coming from the engine and/or exhaust.

Which version is best for you?

The Circuit Pack appears to be the most popular, but the Convenience Pack will appeal to those who will make the most of the performance on the road and seek the most comfort.

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