How to configure and buy your new Toyota GR Yaris

The new Toyota GR Yaris not only packs the performance to mix it with much bigger machines, it’s also set to be one of the most affordable hot hatches on the market. With an on-the-road starting price that nudges below £30,000, it’s newly available to customers with finance deals from zero per cent APR representative.

The offers make GR Yaris an even more appealing prospect as the car is readied for arrival in UK showrooms.

New Toyota GR Yaris: PCP finance options

There are two PCP finance options available: 0% APR representative over 24 months, or 1.9% APR representative over 42 months.

For the GR Yaris at £29,995, these rates give monthly payments from £269. For customers choosing the higher-specification GR Yaris Circuit Pack at £33,495, the monthly payment amount is from £299.

Terms and conditions apply. For the full details of the GR Yaris offers please visit this web page.

These offers compare favourably with GR Yaris’s competitors – with its three-cylinder 1.6 turbo engine producing 257bhp for 0-62mph in less than 5.5 seconds, its performance rivals are C-segment models rather than hot hatches, such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Mégane RS 280.

New Toyota GR Yaris: how to build and buy

It’s now possible to build a GR Yaris to your specifications, choosing the grade and colour you desire. To do that, please click here.

If you’re not quite ready to purchase but would like to stay updated on the latest news on GR Yaris, register for updates by filling in this form.

GR YARIS KEY SPECIFICATIONS
GR Yaris GR Yaris Convenience Pack GR Yaris Circuit Pack 
18-inch alloy wheels (15 spoke) with 225/40 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 tyres, GR-Four all-wheel drive system, GR suspension, GR Ultrasuede sport seats, GR leather steering wheel, dual exhaust pipes, smart entry, active noise control, eight-inch multimedia screen with DAB, six speakers, reversing camera, adaptive LED headlights, front LED fog lights, auto wipers, auto-retractable door mirrors, MacPherson strut front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, privacy glass, eCall In addition to GR Yaris: JBL Premium Sound System with eight speakers, Toyota Touch with Go navigation, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Brake Assist, head-up display 

 

 

NB: Heated seats not available in this pack 

In addition to GR Yaris: front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, red sports calipers, 18” BBS forged alloy wheels (ten spoke) with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres, GR circuit-tuned suspension 

 

 

NB: Convenience Pack is not available on this grade 

PRICE 
£29,995 £32,175 £33,495 
GR YARIS INTERIOR SPECIFICATION 
GR floor mats, leather gear knob, leather gear gaiter with red stitching, leather handbrake with red stitching, door scuff plates, satin chrome interior door handles, aluminium pedals, piano black side air vents, three-spoke leather steering wheel with GR logo 
GR YARIS INTERIOR COMFORT SPECIFICATION 
Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, GR-Four all-wheel drive switch, electro chromatic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, colour TFT information display, power steering, manual tilt and slide steering wheel, 12v power socket (front), soft tonneau cover 
GR YARIS SEAT SPECIFICATION 
GR Ultrasuede front sport seats, manual slide adjustment, manual height adjustment (driver), 60:40 split-folding rear seats, front and rear (two) headrests 
GR YARIS MULTIMEDIA SPECIFICATION 
DAB radio, eight-inch multimedia screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multimedia controls on steering wheel, six speakers, USB connector, microphone on front personal light 
GR YARIS SAFETY SPECIFICATION 
Driver and passenger front and side air bags, immobiliser, ABS, Brake Assist, Lane Trace Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, reversing camera, Adaptive High Beam, LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lights, LED adaptive headlights, rear fog lights, ISOFIX child restraint system, eCall emergency call system, red-painted brake calipers (Circuit Pack only) 

Officially revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan in January 2020, our rally inspired performance car offers unique styling, a three-door body shell and a powerful 257bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.

With a six-speed manual gearbox and advanced four-wheel drive chassis, the car is the product of the design and engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, and is a new top-of-the-range model with the heart and soul of a rally car.

GR Yaris badge

All the credentials are there for delivering exhilarating performance for the road

Just as the Celica GT-Four was the road-going equivalent of our Group A Celica rally cars in the Nineties, the GR Yaris serves as the official homologation model for the development of the next Yaris WRC car. In fact, in reference to its illustrious predecessors and their all-wheel drive technology, the GR Yaris features a GR-Four logo on the tailgate.

As this post will explain, every aspect of the car has a performance focus. All the credentials are there for competition success and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road.

Interior view of Toyota GR Yaris - dashboard, steering wheel and centre console

Toyota GR Yaris: development

The WRC-skilled designers and engineers at Tommi Mäkinen Racing focused on perfecting the three key performance-enhancing areas of aerodynamics, weight and weight distribution.

Toyota GR Yaris - rear three-quarter angle

A lower roofline improves the car’s ability to cut through the air. Meanwhile, positioning the new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine further towards the centre of the car and locating the battery in the boot optimises chassis balance for improved handling, stability and responsiveness. Reinforcements beneath the side members ensure optimal suspension performance.

The three-door bodyshell is made from lightweight materials including compression moulded carbon fibre polymer, while aluminium is used for the bonnet, doors and tailgate. As a result, the GR Yaris weighs 1280kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 5.0kg per bhp.

Toyota GR Yaris: design

The new GR Yaris is unique among its siblings in being built with a three-door body. The roof is lowered by 91mm and the doors are frameless, which gives the car the silhouette of a coupe.

Front view of the Toyota GR Yaris

At the front the grille design and spoiler express the car’s authentic GR status, while at the rear the wide stance and muscular wings accommodate 18-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota GR Yaris: all-new 1.6-litre turbo engine

The engine in the GR Yaris is an all-new, 1618cc three-cylinder turbocharged unit with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It features a single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is equipped with motorsport technologies to maximise performance. These include multi-oil jet piston cooling, large diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. The compact and lightweight engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high levels of torque.

Toyota G16E-GTS engine in the GR Yaris

The light weight of the GR Yaris allied to this engine helps the car deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph.

Toyota GR Yaris: GR-Four all-wheel drive system

A key element of the driving performance of the GR Yaris is its new GR-Four all-wheel drive system, which governs torque distribution to each wheel through a high-response coupling.

This simple and lightweight system uses different gear ratios for each axle and allows a theoretical range of front/rear torque balance from 100:0 (full front-wheel drive) to 0:100 (full rear-wheel drive). Such flexibility gives a performance advantage over on-demand all-wheel drive systems with twin-couplings and permanent systems with a centre differential.

Technical picture of the Toyota GR-Four all-wheel drive system from the GR Yaris

The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or driving situation using a 4WD mode dial. Normal mode distributes torque in a 60:40 split between front and rear; Sport mode shifts the balance rearward with 30:70 distribution; while Track mode equalises the torque at 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits and special stages. In each mode, the torque balance is automatically adjusted in response to driver inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions.

The optional Circuit Pack with two Torsen limited-slip differentials can also be specified to manage the split between left- and right-side wheels for even greater control.

Performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres also feature.

18" forged alloy wheel on the Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris: dedicated platform and chassis

The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota’s GA-B platform – which will make its first appearance in the all-new Yaris model in 2020 – with the rear of the GA-C platform found in the Corolla and C-HR. This hybridisation allows for a new suspension design and accommodation of the GR-Four all-wheel drive system, while contributing to excellent stability and handling.

Where the standard new Yaris uses a torsion beam rear suspension, the GR Yaris has a more sophisticated double wishbone set-up optimised for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front.

Alternative rear three-quarter angle of the Toyota GR Yaris

The performance braking system features large, 356mm grooved front discs with four-pot calipers together with 297mm ventilated rear discs with two-pot calipers. The set-up is engineered to cope with rigorous demands of high-speed track and special stage driving with high-level heat capacity.

Toyota GR Yaris: Motomachi production centre

Full series production of the new GR Yaris commenced on the week commencing 24 August 2020 and is centred on a new, dedicated line at our Motomachi plant. Instead of using a traditional conveyor system, the body and assembly lines comprise a number of different cells connected by automatic guided vehicles. This method enables production of the highly rigid bodies sports cars require and assembly to a high degree of accuracy.

GR Ultrasuede front sports seats in the Toyota GR Yaris

A large number of manual processes are required during production, for which Toyota employs a specialist team. The factory design and the talents of the workforce allow for high-precision assembly to levels that are hard to achieve on standard, high-volume production lines.

Toyota GR Yaris technical specifications

ENGINE 
TypeIn-line, 3 cylinders
Valve mechanismDOHC 12-valve with VVT-i
Fuel systemD4S direct and indirect injection
InductionSingle-scroll turbo
Displacement (cc)1,618
Bore x stroke (mm)87.5 x 89.7
Compression ratio10.5:1
Max. power (bhp/DIN hp/kW)257/261/192
Max. torque (Nm)360
Emissions levelEuro 6d temp
TRANSMISSION 
All-wheel drive systemGR-Four
TransmissionSix-speed manual
PERFORMANCE 
Power-to-weight ratio (kg/bhp, kg/DIN hp, kg/kW)5.0, 4.9, 6.7
Max. speed (mph)143 (electronically limited)
CHASSIS 
Front suspensionMacPherson strut
Rear suspensionDouble wishbone
SteeringRack and pinion, electric power steering
Min. turning circle (m)10.8
BRAKES 
Front (diameter, mm)Ventilated discs (356) with four-pot calipers
Rear (diameter, mm)Ventilated discs (297) with two-pot calipers
TYRES 
TypeDunlop SP Sport Maxx 050

 

Michelin Pilot Sport 4s (option)

Size225/40 R18
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 
Overall length (mm)3,995
Overall width (mm)1,805
Overall height (mm)1,460
Wheelbase (mm)2,558
Front track (mm)1,530
Rear track (mm)1,560
Kerb weight (without driver, kg)1,280

275 comments

  1. Hello Toyota UK

    I ordered a GR Yaris via your website and I’m excited to see that the status is now “Left the Factory”! Approximately how long will it be until it arrives in the UK?

    Thanks

    1. Hi

      I would like to order GR Yaris online. I know you will likely tell me to liaise with my nearest dealer, but are you able to confirm if the lead time on a GR Yaris Convenience Pack (if ordered over the next few days) would mean delivery approximately July/August 2021?

      Second question, do you expect UK stock to meet demand for orders placed right up until the finance offer end date of 31/03/21?

      Many thanks in advance.

      1. Hi Ben,

        Exciting! We can’t tell you with 100% certainty. It does sounds about right though. When ordering online, you’ll be assisted by one of the online team who will be able to give you more information on your order.

        With regards to your second question, we are not quite sure what you are getting at. Can you rephrase and we’ll do our best to answer.

        Thanks

  2. Hi,

    Please can you advise if the 6 monthly Safety Checks are compulsory in order to maintain the warranty? I’d rather not have the inconvenience of having to book my car in at a Dealer and make a special trip for a Safety Check – when those checks are something I can quickly do myself.

    Thanks,

    Ian

    1. Hi Ian,

      The servicing schedule for all vehicles is designed to ensure the vehicle is operating as it should. The six month safety check on brake and clutch fluid for this specialist vehicle is no different. In order to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, the owner must be able to prove that the work was carried out by a suitably qualified technician and be able to provide the necessary invoices/documents to substantiate the date, mileage and parts/oils used, if a warranty claim is to be made. If you are a certified mechanic however, then this check is something you’d be able to do yourself.

      Thanks

      1. Hi,

        Many Thanks for taking the time to reply.

        I’ve had ‘specialist’ vehicles for 20+ years and the 6 month Safety Check is new to me. It isn’t so much the extra cost, but the frequent visits to the Dealer (I will only be doing around 6000 miles a year so I will need to take the car in to the Dealer approximately every 3000 miles).

        Thanks

        Ian

  3. Hi I have purchased the GR Yaris online a great deal with £250 deposit here in the UK without realising the prohibitive (for my budget) servicing costs. Can I cancel and receive my deposit back if I leave it more than the two weeks given by law under the distance selling regulations thanks? If I can, I will wait to see how much the service packs are before making my mind up. If not I will cancel straight away so somebody can have my place in the queue. Cheers

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. For context, the intermediate service costs are the same as a regular Yaris Hybrid.
      The full service is £80 more than the Yaris Hybrid because of the additional parts needed, like drive belt, differential oil etc. When it comes to online sales, you can return the car up to 14 days after you take delivery, getting all of your money back. Thanks.

      1. Hi,

        I ordered online and will likely be receiving my car in March. I haven’t had chance of a proper testdrive due to lockdown. I did get chance to sit in a traffic jam outside a dealer for 30 minutes and haven’t been able to do another testdrive due to lockdown. I like the idea of having 14 days to return it if it isn’t as expected. Is there anything we need to do to make sure the order is still considered online such as sign all paperwork remotely rather than at the chosen delivery dealer?

        Regards

  4. Hi
    Ordered Jan 2020, still waiting for test drive…
    Meanwhile, I’d like to get a copy of the owner’s manual if possible. The link in this blog is now dead. Is there another source?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Bertie,
      Thanks for your comment, and congratulations on your order! We know you’ll love the GR Yaris when it arrives.
      Regarding test drives, as soon as our Toyota Centres are offering such services once more, we would recommend contacting your nearest GR specialist centre in order to get one organised.
      The Owner’s Manual provided in a previous blog comment was done so via a WeTransfer, which only lasts for 7 days.
      All Owner’s Manuals can be found on our website under the ‘Owners’ tab, but we have attached the GR Yaris manual here for you to download: https://we.tl/t-XFX0R4POrC
      Thanks.

  5. Hello Toyota UK.

    Please could you clarify the service schedule. In a previous reply you state:

    “Interim services should be conducted every 6,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first.
    Full services should be carried out every 12,000 miles or 24 months, again, whichever comes first.
    Interim services will cost £165, and full services will cost £375.”

    Trying to work this out with my dealer and looking at the workshop check sheet for the GR Yaris (document ref TOY-GRY-SS-001) it is clear to see that the 24 month service items are totally different to the 12,000 service items. Literally none match up. The vast majority of checks are 6 month / 6k (safety check stuff) or 12 month / 12k such as rear diff, prop shaft bolts, brake pipes, transfer box, exhaust pipe, ball joints, cabin, air filter replacement… and on and on.

    I suspect a full service is 12k / 12 months and an interim is a safety check plus oil change at 6k / 6 months. Basically for me doing 6k a year I’d never have an interim service.

    Any clarification would be gratefully received.

    1. Hi Dean,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Every Toyota has a service schedule which alternates between interim and full services. Usually, the car should be serviced every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes soonest, alternating between interim and full services.
      In the case of GR Yaris, it is every 6,000 miles or 12 months.
      So, your car will have either an interim or a full service depending on total mileage or time since registration. The first, at 6,000 miles or 12 months from registration, will be an interim, and the second, at 12,000 or 24 months from registration, will be a full. The third, at 18,000 or 36 months from registration will be an interim etc etc.
      The other thing you need to bear in mind is that a safety check on brake and clutch fluid is recommended every six months. This can be done at the same time as an interim or full service, depending on the mileage that you do.
      If your centre needs help or clarification with the service schedule, they should escalate this via the normal internal channels.
      Thanks.

    2. Hi,

      My base 30k car is due in imminently at my Toyota dealer, I ordered the car, pre any UK reviews. Apart from 1 Pistonheads review, I have read many Australian car reviews as they had the non circuit pack car initially(and they all rate the car)but many comment, that the Dunlop tyres are their main negativity. I would like to have the dealer install the circuit pack PS4s tyres, before I drive off in my car, as this point is really bugging me. Ideally paying just the difference between the 2 tyre variants?

      1. Aus average outside high temps are about 27c and uk 14c…monthly average about 6c! So super sporty tyres in this country will be more a pain than anything unless spending ages getting up to temp or in hot summer.

  6. Hi. I’d like to order a Circuit Pack GR online with the 0% finance over 24 months. The small print says that the car has to be registered by June though. What happens if the car doesn’t arrive by then? Many thanks

    1. Hi Will,
      Thanks for your interest in the GR Yaris!
      Sales of the car in the UK have been immensely strong, and our existing allocation for 2021 has been sold. We are delighted by the popularity of the car amongst enthusiasts, and are keen to ensure potential customers are not disappointed so we have sought addition supply for the UK market. This should mean that we can continue to fulfil orders taken in the months ahead, with deliveries from that additional supply starting in 2022.
      You can add your name to the waiting list either via online retail or with a centre. When cars allocated for 2022 are available to order, you will be notified.
      We have no information on pricing and finance offers for 2022 at this stage, but imagine similar finance offers will be available in 2022.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi
        I saw that in the terms and conditions but was assured by the Toyota UK “welcome call” guy that, once you’ve put your deposit down, the deal (including finance offer) was set even though delivery wasn’t expected for many months, possibly into next year.

        Are you now saying that is not the case?
        Thanks
        Max

      2. Hi Max,

        Finance offers, and the T&Cs are set way in advance and done by financial quarter. This quarter is 01/01/2021 to 31/03/21, and is when the car must be ordered. It currently says the car must be registered by the end of June. Obviously, many customers won’t be receiving their cars until way after that. We realise this may cause confusion/concern, but please don’t worry about it. The offer will be updated at the end of the quarter to reflect this and when your car arrives, you’ll pay whatever it is you have already agreed/planned. When we say ‘we don’t have any information on finance offers for 2022’, that is for vehicles ordered in 2022. That’s 10 months away! So, relax and try and wait patiently for your new car. We realise that is easier said than done with GR Yaris. Thanks.

  7. If I was to order a Yaris GT with circuit pack in black when am I likely to take delivery… I just read the previous posts and am a little confused. Also need to know how do we go about the deposit etc. Do I just pay reservation fee then deposit on delivery? Please advise as I wanted to order one today but nobody was answering the phone. Thanks…

  8. Hi,
    just have a question on ordering a GR Yaris brochure on line,
    Over the last couple of months I have requested a brochure to be posted out on 3 separate occasions but all i seem to get is the email which says your brochure has arrived please click the link.
    I have also asked my local dealership who have not had any in there sales dept. but they requested one to be posted from Toyota UK.
    Last week I ordered one of the Japanese brochures from Japan which arrived in 6 days but so far I have seen
    nothing from Toyota UK !!!

    What do I have to do to get a brochure sent out ???

    Thanks John

    p.s. I have spent £34K on my Convenience pack car which I have to say is epic !!!

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment, and congratulations on your GR Yaris! We’re so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far.
      We have emailed you directly to gain some extra details in order to try and get this sent out for you.
      Thanks.

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