If you're shopping for a compact hot hatch in Europe, then the Yaris GRMN at least deserves a look.
The Toyota Yaris GRMN seems like a star among compact hot hatches, and a new video only strengthens that reputation by showing one facing off against a Renault Clio R.S. 18. The pint-sized Japanese machine easily beats its more powerful challenger from France.
The major factor helping the Yaris GRMN is likely its weight. The little hatchback only weighs 1,135 kilograms, versus 1,204 kg for the Clio R.S. 18. In all other respects, the Renault comes out ahead. Its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder produces 217 bhp and 206 pound-feet of torque, as opposed to the Toyota's 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder with 209 bhp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
On paper, the Yaris is a hair quicker to 62 mph by requiring 6.3 seconds to reach the speed, and the Clio R.S. 18 requires 6.6 seconds. The Renault is faster with a 146 mph top speed, versus the Toyota's max velocity of 143 mph.
The Yaris' biggest weakness is its limited production. Toyota is only building 400 of them for Europe, including 100 for the United Kingdom. The Clio R.S. 18 is also limited production, but Renault isn't yet saying how many the company intends to make. That detail could arrive at the Paris Motor Show in October.
In this test, the pair remains side-by-side for the first several seconds, but then the Yaris appears to find an extra reserve of power to leap ahead. The Clio R.S. 18 can't do anything to make up the difference, and the Toyota is over a second ahead when they cross the line.