We just do straight honest car reviews, so is this really as great as you might have been led to believe well that's, what we're going to be finding out in this video, but before we get started, if you're not already subscribed to the channel, please do so And if you want to buy any new car, we could save you quite a lot of money on that. So click the link up there at the top of the screen to head over to the deals section of our website wattcard.com after you've watched this video. Obviously so let's start with the elephant in the room, because this is a toyota yaris that starts at 30 000 pounds, the ford fiesta st, which is another hot hatch, about the same sort of size as this. Well, that starts at 23, 000 pounds. So what on earth is going on? Well, the first thing you need to understand is that this isn't really a yaris at all. It has the front end of a yaris but it's joined to what's, effectively the rear end of a corolla. Now the reason toyota has done this is because the rear suspension design on the larger corolla platform has made it possible for this car to have four wheel drive. You may have noticed there are no rear doors as well. The standard yaris is five door. Only remember and the whole look of the car is very different as well. You'Ve got these swollen wheel arches here the front end of the car looks a lot less fussy and there's.
Also, a carbon fiber roof that's, partly to save weight, but also to lower the car's center of gravity. In fact, not a single body panel on this car is shared with a regular yaris and the bonnet the doors and the boot lid, or they are all made of aluminium, to save even more weight. So why has toyota gone to all that bother and not just fitted a big engine and stiffer suspension to the regular yaris? Well, it all comes down to rallying you see to enter a car into the world rally championship. It first has to be homologated, which essentially means it needs to be based on a model sold in sufficient numbers to the general public and back in the 80s and 90s. The sales number requirements were fairly modest, so manufacturers used to effectively build the ideal rally. Car and then sell a handful of production versions of it to meet the rules that's, why cars like the ford, rs200, peugeot, 205, t16 and original mitsubishi, lancer evo, ever made it onto the road in the first place. It doesn't really happen that much anymore, partly because the sales requirements are higher and partly because rallying just isn't as popular as it once was so modern rally. Cars are mostly just based on regular models like the ford fiesta. So the fact that toyota has decided to build a homologation special to go rallying in is the main reason there's. So much hype around the gr, although it won't actually have a co rallying because of a combination of coronavirus and the rules changing to only allow hybrids.
But that's another story: now there are three different versions of the gl there's: the level car which costs 30 000 pounds and there's a convenience pack model which costs about 32 000 pounds. That gets you a few extra creature comforts and then there's the 33 and a half thousand pound circuit pack model that we've got here. This car gets bespoke 18 inch forged alloys with extra sticky michelin pilot support 4s tyres. It also gets different suspension to other versions of the gr and it gets limited slip differentials at both the front and the rear really it's. The one you want. Don'T worry we'll go for a drive in a minute, but before we do let's just have a quick look around inside here now the whole look and feel of the interior is very similar to what you'll find in the regular yaris and when you consider the much Higher price of this car that isn't brilliant news there's a lot of hard plastic on the dashboard on the doors here and compared to a golf gti which costs the same sort of money as this car. It doesn't feel particularly up market there's, a little bit of red stitching on the steering wheel on the gear lever, gator on the seats and a bit more on the handbrake as well, but otherwise there's an awful lot of grey in here on the subjective seats. These are completely different to the ones you get in the regular yaris.
They hold you in place, much better through corners, but also they are surprisingly comfortable on long journeys. The only thing you might not like is that you do sit quite high up, so this isn't, the conventional sporty driving position, you get in, say a honda civic type r, where you sit lower down with your legs, stretched out more but there's, nothing wrong with sitting High up and actually the ergonomics in here, they're very good – the gear lever, that's easy to reach there's a lot of adjustment in the steering wheel as well, and actually because you sit high up, you do get a good view out, which is a good thing when You'Re doing the sort of speeds this car is capable of the infotainment system. Well, it's, not brilliant, but you do get apple, carplay and android, auto smartphone mirroring a standard, so you could effectively bypass toyota's own operating system and use your phones instead and the fact the screen is mounted nice and high up on the dashboard makes it easy to See go for the convenience pack model and you'll get a more powerful jbl sound system. You'Ll also get a built in sat nav i'm. Not really sure. Why you'd need that these days? Because you can just use google maps or waze on your phone and mirror it to the screen? Here? You also get more safety kit, including rear cross traffic, alert and blind spot monitoring. Plus you get front parking, sensors and a head up display as well now the regular yaris isn't very roomy in the back, but the gr well, even when you've managed to squeeze past this ridiculously narrow gap.
Here you won't find very much space in here at all and the boot well that's tiny as well smaller than a fiesta st's, let alone other hot hatches that are available for this sort of money. We managed to fit just three carry on size suitcases below the partial shelf, but the thing is: do you really care about not having much space it's, not as though this is a two seater drop top or something you can still carry four people and some luggage Around and the thing is being fairly small is a good thing when you're driving on narrow country roads, like this remember some of the greatest hot hatchbacks ever like the peugeot 205 gti, and the renault cleo williams were tiny by modern car standards and it's, not as Though roads have got wider over the last 30 years or so, but it's not just size, this car gets right. It is incredibly well engineered pretty much across the board. Let'S start with the engine it's, not that big it's, only a 1.6 liter, but it has a rather large turbocharger, strap to it. So it pumps out 257 brake horsepower. Toyota quotes a north 62 time of 5.5 seconds, which is seriously quick by hot hatch standards, but get this the other day at our proving ground. This car managed naught 62 in 4.6 seconds and before you go thinking that toyota sent us, a car that's been played around and has a lot more power than it's supposed to have.
The gr can do naught to 60 in second gear, whereas to get to 62 miles an hour or 100 kilometers an hour, which is the acceleration time that most manufacturers quote these days takes a change into third gear, and that explains a lot of the difference. Now, when you first start the engine, it does sound a little bit underwhelming to be honest, partly because it's a three cylinder, but it absolutely loves to be revved and when you get the revs above 3000 rpm. It sounds great, and i know that some of the noise is being piped through the speakers rather than genuinely coming from the engine. But i don't really care because it doesn't sound, fake and it's a lot more exciting sounding than a civic type r, for example, and the thing is because it's four wheel drive, there are no issues with traction even on damp roads in what's, really quite cold weather. Today, the type r has more power. Yes, but if you try to use it all in these conditions, you'll just get a load of wheel spin. Now you can actually change the distribution of power between the front and the rear wheels by twisting this little dial down. Here, if you switch to sport, then you get 70 cent to the rear and in that mode, if you accelerate hard out of a corner, you can really feel the rear end of the car helping you steer around this isn't, some sort of larry hot hatch, that's Going to swap pens on you like a previous bmw, m140i light, for example, but it just adds another layer to the driving experience that you don't get in the vast majority of other hot hatches.
Even many four wheel, drive ones and the gr changes direction brilliantly as well, so you can really chuck it into corners that's, partly because it's actually very light for something with four wheel drive, but also because body control is fantastic. The steering is fairly heavy that's, something i'm, usually not a fan of, because it can blunt the sensation of weight, build up. You get as you turn into corners, but in the gr you always know exactly how close you are to the limits of grip and there's enough precision there as well to allow you to be really accurate with where you're placing the car on the road what's. Not so good well, the ride is certainly firm. This is the circuit pack model remember with circuit tuned suspension, but it isn't comically firm, like a renault megane trophy, for example, and because of the sophistication of the suspension, the tyre is always in contact with the road. So you want skipping across the surface whenever you encounter a pothole or a drain cover, and that is more evidence that this car has been designed to work really well on british roads. The gearbox as well isn't, quite as brilliant as the type of but it's still really nice to use it's quite heavy by hot standards. Actually, but you get a really nice sense of mechanical engagement with the car and although the pedals, they're, not perfectly positioned, it's, still pretty easy to blip the accelerator on the downshifts to match the engine revs, although you can actually just cheat and press this button down Here and the car takes care of all of that for you, but here are five more things you might want to know about the gi yaris.
All versions of the gr have a five year: 100 000 mile warranty as standard which is better cover than you get on the vast majority of other hot hatches in our real world fuel economy tests, the gr averaged 32.8 mpg, which is only slightly behind the official Government figure of 34.4 mpg. The gr is surprisingly tempting. If you're buying on pcp finance, put down a 10 deposit on this circuit pack, model and you'll be paying about '0 pounds a month over the next three and a half years, which is a lot less than you'd pay on an equivalent civic type r. You will have to wait for around 10 months for your gr if you order one now, because supply is limited and demand is really strong. That explains why you'll find some cars listed in the classifieds already with owners asking as much as 40 000 pounds. Apart from the three different versions of the gr, i talked about earlier, there isn't much choice when it comes to personalization for an extra 880 pounds. You can have this pearlescent red or pearlescent white. An extra 585 pounds gets you metallic black or you could just save the money and go for plain old, solid white. So the big question is the gr really worthy of all the hype. Well, for once, this is a car that absolutely is it's phenomenally good fun, fast, grippy, playful and actually, if you forget about the yaris, nameplate it's, pretty good value as well, better than a type r well that's a tricky question to answer, because although both cars cost About the same, they are in fact very different on a sunny day when the road's, nice and dry on a welsh mountain road, for example, the civic, is tough to beat, but on a narrow country.
Road like this, particularly in winter, when there's wet, modern god knows what else all over the road i'll take the gr every day, but for lots, more information about the gr head over to our website, whatcar.com or just click. The link up there at the top of the screen and remember if you want to buy any new car whatcar.com, is the place to get a great deal thanks for watching and if you've enjoyed this video, then do please give it a like leave us a comment.