Sporty and sensible: Toyota GR Yaris vs. Yaris

Sporty and sensible: Toyota GR Yaris vs. Yaris

High-performance hatchbacks don't enter the market every day, so the launch of the Toyota GR Yaris was met with much fanfare, including from those who had the privilege to drive it

Made by Toyota's performance arm Gazoo Racing, the GR Yaris is a homologation of the carmaker's World Rally Championship car. That means the GR Yaris is equipped with WRC-derived gizmos such as the GR Four system, which optimizes the car's four-wheel drive for the terrain of a rally stage, or the smooth tarmac of a race track. 

2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rear View

What also makes this hatchback into a hot one is its turbocharged 1.5 three-cylinder engine. Considered to be among the most powerful three-cylinder engine ever made, it generates 261ps and 300Nm of torque. The six-speed manual, the sole transmission option, further highlights the GR Yaris' enthusiast car status. 

With the success of the GR, the five-door Yaris seems to have become more underrated beside the ever-popular Vios it's based upon. The Yaris possesses the sensibility and dependability of the sedan, while adding the capability brought by its boxier shape and split folding rear seats. 

Toyota-Yaris

While there's no turbo fitted to the Yaris' 1.3- and 1.5-liter engines, the car still allows for some degree of sportiness with the manual shifting feature of its standard continuously variable transmission, which is linked to the two front wheels. 

Given the highlights of the GR Yaris and Yaris, the differences between the two cars are clear: The former is the three-door performance (and costlier) counterpart of the latter sensible five-door subcompact hatchback. 

The two cars differ in origin, too, as the GR Yaris is based on its stock namesake that's sold in Europe and Japan. The standard Yaris has been developed for and sold in Latin American and Southeast Asian markets. 

Another way to differentiate the two hatchbacks is by taking a look at their spec sheets. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Toyota GR Yaris 1.6L Turbo MT

Toyota Yaris 1.3 E CVT

Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT

Overall Length (mm)

3,995

4,140

4,140

Overall Width (mm)

1,805

1,730

1,730

Overall Height (mm)

1,455

1,500

1,500

Wheelbase (mm)

2,560

2,550

2,550

Curb Weight (kg) 

1,310

1,145

1,145

Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

50

42

42

Engine

1.6L In-Line Three Cylinders, Turbo Gasoline

1.3L In-Line Four Cylinders, Naturally-Aspirated Gasoline

1.5L In-Line Four Cylinders, Naturally-Aspirated Gasoline

Displacement (cc)

1,618

1,329

1,496

Maximum Output (ps/rpm)

261/6,000

99/6,000

107/6,000

Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

360/3,000

123/4,200

140/4,200

Transmission

Six-speed Manual

Continuously Variable Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

Drivetrain

Four-Wheel Drive

Front Wheel Drive

Front Wheel Drive

Brakes

Front: Disc with Four-Cylinder Fixed Caliper

Rear: Disc with Two-Cylinder Fixed Caliper

Front: Disc

Rear: Drum

Front: Disc

Rear: Disc

Suspension

Front: McPherson Strut

Rear: Double Wishbone

Front: McPherson Strut 

Rear: Torsion Beam Axle

Front: McPherson Strut 

Rear: Torsion Beam Axle

Wheel Type

18-inch BBS Forged Alloy

15-inch Alloy

15-inch Alloy

Tire Size

225/40 R18

185/60 R15

185/60 R15

Spare Tire

Tire repair kit

Temporary Steel

Temporary Steel

Headlamps

Three-tier LED 

Four-Bulb Halogen

Three-tier LED 

Position Lamp

LED, LED Front Fog Lamps

LED Front Fog Lamps

LED Line Guide, LED Front Fog Lamps

Exterior Rear View Mirrors

Piano Black, Electric Adjustable

Body Color, Electric Adjustable

Body Color, Electric Adjustable

Turn Signal Indicators

Rear-view mirrors

Fender 

Integrated on Exterior Rear View Mirror

Antenna

Fin Type

Fin Type

Fin Type

Front Windshield Wipers

Rain sensing, Intermittent

Intermittent

Intermittent

Radiator Grille

Black

Body Color 

Plating and Body Color

Outside Door Handles

Body Color

Body Color

Chrome Coated

Rear Window Defogger

With

With

With

Rear Spoiler

With

With

With

High Mount Stop Lamp

Integrated in Rear Spoiler

Integrated in Rear Spoiler

Integrated in Rear Spoiler

Rear Combination Lamps

LED

Standard

LED with Line Guide 

Instrument Panel

Speedometer, Tachometer, Rheostat, and 4.2-inch TFT LCD Multi-function Display

Speedometer, Tachometer, Rheostat, and Multi-function Display

Speedometer, Tachometer, Rheostat, and Multi-function Display

Interior Rear View Mirror

Day and Night

Day and Night

Day and Night

Room Lamp

With

With

With

Dashboard Trim

Metallic

Dark Silver

Satin  Silver Accent

Steering Wheel

Leather

Urethane

Leather 

Steering Column

Manual Tilt

Manual Tilt

Manual Tilt

Steering Wheel Controls

Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free

Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free

Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free

Gear Shift Knob

Leather with Stitching 

Urethane

Urethane

Parking Brake

Hand Brake

Hand Brake

Hand Brake

Power Windows

With

With

With

Power Door Locks

With

With

With

Remote Keyless Entry

Smart Entry

With

Smart Entry

Push Start

With

Without

With 

Cup Holders

Front Console (x2)

Front Console (x2)

Front Console (x2)

Bottle Holders

Doors (x2)

Doors (x4)

Doors (x4)

Seat Material

Suede and Synthetic Leather

Fabric

Synthetic Leather

Seats

Driver: Height Adjust, Recline and Slide

Passenger: Recline and Slide

Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

Driver: Height Adjust, Recline and Slide

Passenger: Recline and Slide

Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

Driver: Height Adjust, Recline, and Slide

Passenger: Recline and Slide

Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

Head Restraints

Front; Up, Down

Front; Up, Down

Front; Up, Down

Seating Capacity

Four

Five

Five

Air Conditioning

Automatic Climate

Manual 

Automatic Climate 

Luggage Compartment Lamp

With

With

With

Luggage Capacity (L)

174

476

476

Audio System

6.9-inch Touchscreen, AM/FM Radio, MP3 with USB Port

6.75-inch Touchscreen, AM/FM Radio, MP3 with USB Port

6.75-inch Touchscreen, AM/FM Radio, MP3 with USB Port

Connectivity

Bluetooth Handsfree, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Mirror Link, Voice Command

Bluetooth Handsfree, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, USB, Voice Command

Bluetooth Handsfree, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, USB, Voice Command

Speakers

Six  

Four 

Six 

Rear-camera Display

Without

Without

Without

Parking Distance Warning

Without

Without

Without 

Airbags

Driver and Front Passenger, Curtain Shield

Driver and Driver's Knee, Front Passenger, Curtain Shield 

Driver and Driver's Knee, Front Passenger, Curtain Shield

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

With

With

With

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

With

With

With

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

With

With

With

Anti-theft System

With

With

Immobilizer

Seatbelt

Front: Three-point ELR with Dual Pretensioner (x2)

Rear: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

Front: Three-point ELR with Dual Pretensioner (x2)

Rear: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x3)

Front: Three-point ELR with Dual Pretensioner (x2)

Rear: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x3)

Isofix Child Anchor

With

With

With

Child Lock

Without

With

With

Available Body Colors

Super White II, Emotional Red, Precious Black Prime Red

Cyan Metallic, Citrus Mica Metallic, Super White II, Red Mica Metallic

Cyan Metallic, Citrus Mica Metallic, Super White II, Red Mica Metallic

PRICE

P2,650,000

P973,000

P1,114,000

 

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines

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