Toyota Yaris named 2021 European Car of the Year

2021 European Car of the Year

The all-new Toyota Yaris has been named as the 2021 European Car of the Year. Selected by a jury of 59 automotive journalists from across Europe, the fourth-generation Yaris receives the award 21 years after the innovative first generation was named European Car of the Year in 2000, a first for Toyota.

The Yaris has also consistently been recognised by the Car of the Year jury with every generation of the model making the award’s shortlist.

The jury praised Yaris’ hybrid technology for its smooth driving, low emissions and accessible price point – illustrating why more than 80% of Yaris buyers choose the hybrid electric powertrain. Yaris was also recognised for its design, dynamic performance, and class-leading safety.

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Furthermore, the European Car of the Year jury particularly appreciated Toyota’s success in re-igniting passion for the hot hatch market across Europe with the launch of the GR Yaris.

The 2021 European Car of the Year award comes just a few days after the new Yaris was named as the best-selling car in Europe for the first time, a clear sign that European customers agree with the Car of the Year jury!

Matt Harrison, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe, said: “This is a great honour for Toyota and I’d like to thank the jury for their consideration and recognition. I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognise the passion of our development teams in Europe and Japan. This is the best-ever Yaris, and just as Toyota President Akio Toyoda intended, it is already putting a smile on the face of our customers.”

Toyota has been awarded with European Car of the Year three times. Yaris won in 2000, Prius took top honours in 2005 and now Yaris has lifted the trophy again in 2021.


  1. I mean that’s pretty awesome. We got ours a few weeks ago and are very happy so I do agree.

  2. I bought my new Toyota Yaris from Tony Walker at the Preston Dealership. He was wonderful and did such a great job looking after us that we ended up buying two cars. My Yaris is amazing and the smoothest car I have driven. I drove 130 in 5 days for around £7.50 as most of it was residential and it mainly used the electric.

    1. Hi Shirin,
      Congratulations on your new Yaris, thank you for choosing Toyota.
      We wish you many more happy miles in your Yaris!
      Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further queries.

  3. How about Yaris Cross? Any award is awaiting for the Cross version so far??

    I have the strong conviction that Hybrid Yaris Cross is a fantastic addition in compact SUV category of Toyota family. Its drivability and fuel efficiency is among the highest, as per report.

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