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Toyota GR Yaris interior

The GR Yaris’s cabin features great figure-hugging seats and a smattering of sporty touches, but those hoping for full rally-spec bucket seats and five-point harness belts will be disappointed.

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You’re never in any doubt over which Yaris you’ve found yourself in, because GR badging abounds. It’s on the seats, steering wheel, engine start button, floor mats and centre console.

Still, the GR Yaris is a fine place to sit, with two large part-Alcantara sports seats that hold you in all the right places, while the driver has a small, sporty (and circular) steering wheel to hang on to. If we have a tiny gripe, it’s that the driver’s seat perhaps doesn’t go low enough for that full-on rally car experience — and if you’re tall you might find it a bit of a squeeze.

Your feet do their heel-and-toe dance on three aluminium pedals, while you swap gears using a conventional leather-wrapped gear lever that Toyota has raised by 5cm to ensure it’s in just the right place for snappy shifts.

The instrument display gives you the information you need, with nothing superfluous, so you stare at a pair of conventional analogue dials. That said, there is a small display between the dials that can display extra GR-specific information should you wish.

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Infotainment

High up on the dashboard sits a large touchscreen that, thankfully, has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, because it doesn’t come with sat-nav out of the box. You’ll need to add the Convenience Pack for that.

Still, the graphics are large and clear, and the system appears reasonably responsive to your touch. The short-cut buttons down each side make the system slightly easier to use when you’re not in CarPlay/Auto mode, but in reality, you’ll just hook up your phone every time.

The system also includes a rearview camera for parking manoeuvres, although the resolution seems a bit less than HD. 

Oddly, though, you can’t have both the Convenience and Circuit pack optioned together — and in a car like this, you should be going for the latter.

The standard Yaris comes with semi-digital dials, but the GR gets old-school analogue dials as standard. To be honest, this’ll probably appeal to keen drivers more, and they are at least clear and easy to read on the move.

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