No sooner has its tyres touched UK roads than the new Toyota GR Yaris has won effusive praise. Reviews from motoring writers and video presenters have been nothing short of glowing, and the accolades continue coming as media outlets pitch our new hyper-hatch against rival machines – even exotic supercars – in group tests or pick standout vehicles in their respective annual awards.
Listed in chronological order, the following are summaries from the growing collection of GR Yaris awards. Similar to the post on Toyota’s collective awards, this model-specific list will be regularly updated as new honours are published.
1. CAR: Hot Hatch of the Year
Pitted against a field of famous names, GR Yaris made an emphatic first impression. CAR declared: “The GR is everything this magazine celebrates. It’s compact, relatively lightweight, gratifyingly mechanical, delightfully accessible and endlessly satisfying…
“The Toyota’s punchy, characterful engine and fabulously exploitable all-wheel-drive system just add further weight to the argument that this is one of Japan’s truly great performance cars and the pre-eminent modern hot hatch.
“As amazing as the fact that the GR Yaris exists in the first place is just how fast and fabulous it is to drive. The combination of torque and low weight helps make the Toyota feel as weightless as the brittle orange leaves cartwheeling by on the breeze.”
2. Autocar: Best Affordable Driver’s Car
Not only did our new pure rally-bred machine take the top spot in Autocar magazine’s annual test to find Britain’s Best Affordable Driver’s Car, but it also claimed third place in the overall Best Driver’s Car rankings, outperforming the latest exotic supercars from Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin.
Autocar declares GR Yaris to be “the first truly great car of the decade.” Judges explained how the car revealed “hidden depths of driver appeal, the likes of which haven’t been seen in a hot hatchback in a generation.” Among them, respected motoring writer Andrew Frankel declared the GR Yaris to be “the most dynamically capable car ever offered for sale at this kind of money.”
3. Top Gear Magazine: Hot Hatch of the Year
In its third major award in the three weeks since its UK launch, Top Gear Magazine announced that GR Yaris was its Hot Hatch of the Year. Editor Jack Rix commented:
“Rarely does a car come along with such fervent support from the Top Gear office, but everything about the GR seemed right...
“From its bespoke, inflated three-door shell, to its boosted three-cylinder engine and trick 4WD system, it’s a proper homologation special, real rally-tech for the road and built by a team at Gazoo Racing who were prepared to sweat the finer details to get it right. I can’t recall a car in the last five years that felt so right in our hands in the first 50 metres.”