Review

Subaru BRZ coupe

The Subaru BRZ is one of the most fun-to-drive sports cars presently on sale. The car shares many of its parts with the Toyota GT86, and it competes with models such as the Nissan 370Z, Volkswagen Scirocco, and Audi TT. If you are looking for a car that is as fun to drive as the Subaru, the two-seater Mazda MX-5 and Lotus Elise are also worth a look.

The BRZ does without the sophisticated looks and classy interiors of the Audi and Volkswagen. Instead Subaru has focussed on the basics, so the car gets steering that gives bags of confidence in the bends, a sporty manual gearbox and a rear-wheel-drive setup that means you can slide the car in corners. Take the Subaru down a twisting back road and few cars can compete with its ability to put a smile on your face.

Just one engine is available: a 2.0-litre petrol that gives the BRZ a decent turn of speed but isn’t so quick that it is intimidating. The lack of a diesel option means the BRZ lags behind some of its rivals in terms of economy.

There's only one level of specification with the Subaru BRZ – SE LUX. That means all models come fitted with half leather seats, which are heated at the front, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.