Toyota GR Yaris AWD 2021 Radio Review

GR Yaris Performance Bargain

Toyota launched its stunning 200kW GR Yaris, in November 2020, a pure performance car with deep motorsport roots.

The new super-hot hatch is already a sales success with the first run completely sold out with some special driveaway pricing.

Toyota GR Yaris.  GR Yaris performance comes from a new 200kW/370Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine – the world’s most powerful mass-produced three-cylinder engine.

Toyota GR Yaris. engine

Along with an all-new platform, unique three-door body, aerodynamic styling and a new GR-FOUR permanent all-wheel drive system, GR Yaris has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 156kW/tonne and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

Toyota GR Yaris.

Driving the GR Yaris is an experience, it has a fairly heavy clutch as you would expect, but it also seems to have an abundance of power available in all gears and seems to scream at the driver to go and go faster.


In a world that is increasingly homogenised with boring cars, the GR Yaris priced from $49,500 plus the usual costs, oozes personality and is a welcome breath of fresh air for true motoring enthusiasts.

This is a Motoring Minute

I’m Rob Fraser

Toyota GR Yaris. seats

What is good?

  • Performance
  • Steering responsiveness
  • AWD handling

What is not so good?

  • Heavy clutch
  • Interior a bit plastic
  • Toyota Bluetooth clarity a bit poor

Toyota GR Yaris. dash

Also Look At

Toyota GR Yaris.


2021 Toyota GR Yaris AWD

Model Price $49,500 MLP*
Engine 1.6L 3 Cyl Turbo petrol
Drivetrain GR AWD 6 speed MT
Power 200kW at 6,500rpm
Torque 370 Nm @ 3,000-4,600rpm
Safety TBA
CO2 Emissions 172 g/km
Economy ADR 7.6 L/100km
0-100kmh 5.2 secs
Top Speed 230 kmh
Servicing 12mths/ 15000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Toyota GR Yaris.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 7
Fit for Purpose 9
Street Appeal 9
Fun Factor 9
Value for Money 9


Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minute has an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. Motoring Minute is also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

Overall Rating Toyota GR Yaris AWD
  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Practicality - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Street Appeal - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10


In a world that is increasingly homogenised with boring cars, the GR Yaris priced from $49,500 plus the usual costs, oozes personality and is a welcome breath of fresh air for true motoring enthusiasts.

About Rob Fraser 2004 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.