Toyota Yaris GRMN – Gazoo Racing turns Toyota tot into a bit of an animal - Interior and tech

Bespoke supermini isn’t cheap (and is sold out), but it delivers raw and undiluted thrills that are missing from many in the class.

Evo rating
  • Strong performance, revvy engine, snappy transmission, agile handling
  • Price, it’s sold out, poor driving position, cheap interior

Interior and tech

Inside, the GRMN is almost pure Yaris. There’s a GT86 steering wheel, a RAV4 gearknob (yes, really) and a pair of heavily bolstered high-backed seats, but that’s as far as the modifications go. That means the driving position is too high, there’s not enough wheel adjustment and you’re drowning is a sea of cheap plastics. There’s decent kit, including sat-nav, but the lack of illumination for the window switches and steering wheel controls is a constant frustration after dark.

Tech is fairly limited and essentially runs to Toyota’s Touch & Go infotainment and sat-nav set-up. The large touchscreen is fairly easy to use, but the graphics look clunky and the mapping seems about a generation behind that used in superminis from the VW group.

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