Review

Subaru BRZ coupe

£22,495 - £25,495

The Subaru BRZ is one of the most fun-to-drive sports cars on sale today. The car shares many parts with the Toyota GT 86, and it competes with models such as the Nissan 370Z, Volkswagen Scirocco and Audi TT. If you're looking for a car that's as much 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 focused on geting the basics right – steering that gives you bags of confidence in the bends, a sporty manual gearbox and a rear-wheel-drive setup that allows you to slide the car in corners. Few models will put a bigger smile on your face when driving down a twisty back road.

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's intimidating. The lack of a diesel option means the BRZ lags behind some of its rivals for fuel economy.

There are two levels of specification: SE and SE Lux. All cars get automatic climate control air-conditioning, electric windows, and cruise control, while the SE Lux model adds classy suede-effect upholstery.