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GR Yaris awards: the growing trophy haul

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.

UK Car of the Year

In perhaps its most remarkable award-winning achievement yet, the GR Yaris has been named the 2021 UK Car of the Year (UK-COTY).

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…

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.

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.

EVO: Hot Hatch of the Year

Once again the GR Yaris managed to astound the motoring press with EVO giving it a glowing review and naming it their Hot Hatch of the Year. The EVO team reported: “(We have) been pleading with manufacturers to build a performance car like the GR Yaris for years. While some have claimed to have done so, only Toyota has delivered on its promise.

“It’s a driver’s car that engages you in every process, delivering a 3D experience in everything it does, backed up with a reassurance and consistency from every key control point.