The first new GR Yaris reviews are in! Selected UK motoring journalists were recently invited to get to grips with the revised version of our segment defining, rally-born thoroughbred a few weeks before its official reveal. What did the media think of this evolved hyper-hatch after three years of further development by Toyota Gazoo Racing engineers, master drivers, and motorsport professionals?
Below is a selection of excerpts from their first-drive reviews in pre-production prototypes. To read the full online reports, simply click on the emboldened links.
New GR Yaris reviews:
Autocar: “I’m driving only on a track and in disguised, not-quite-production- finished cars, but it’s a comprehensive test, with maximum hooning allowed, no co-driver or pace car and an original GR Yaris available for back-to-back testing. Toyota really isn’t working from an unsound basis, but the face-lifted car’s advantages are immediately obvious. This is the five-star car we know and, on this evidence, nothing but enhanced. One of the great current performance cars just got better.”
Auto Express: “Toyota’s comprehensive reworking of the GR Yaris… [delivers] a much lower driving position, plus a new dashboard and instruments. But there’s much more, including increased power and enhanced dynamics. An already very appealing driver’s car is now a whole heap more desirable.”
CAR: “This is a classic case of numerous small details adding up to be greater than the sum of their parts. The GR Yaris has a much-improved seating position, dash and infotainment, while its powertrain and handling make it feel more urgent and better balanced than before.”
Evo: “The new GR Yaris takes the original recipe and elevates it significantly, fixing the ergonomics, bringing a sportier interior and unlocking more of the car’s dynamic potential. It’s only January and we’ve already got a contender for Evo car of the year.”
Learn more: What has changed in the new GR Yaris?