Even if you were willing to meet the £26,295 asking price, you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on a Yaris GRMN – at least on the new car market. All 80 examples bound for the UK have already been snapped up. In fact, of the 400 cars that were destined for Europe, most countries sold their allocations within 72 hours of order books opening.
Those select few who managed to secure one will get a car that isn’t exactly brimming with standard equipment – much as they might care. Sure, there are all the performance-oriented trimmings – sports seats, bodykit, 17in alloy wheels and so on – but your traditional mod cons are thin on the ground. There’s no cruise control of any sort, the seats aren’t heated and although there is an infotainment system, it’s a long way from being a particularly good one.
The car’s thirsty, too. Over the course of our testing, it was exposed to both lengthier motorway trips and heavy-footed track driving, recording a total test fuel consumption figure of 27.4mpg. By comparison, the Cooper S Works 210 managed 30.6mpg.
As for depreciation, both a 208 GTi and the Mini are forecast to perform better than the Toyota. Despite its limited production run, the Yaris GRMN is expected to retain only 39% of its value after 36,000 miles and three years of ownership.