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Toyota Supra coupe - Reliability & safety

So long as Toyota and BMW parts get on well, the Toyota Supra should be robust

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Lift the Supra's bonnet and it doesn't take long to find BMW logos and stickers on various components, yet much of the car is also a Toyota, leading to an interesting hybrid. Indeed, the Supra is built under contract in Graz, Austria, rather than in Japan. Meanwhile, safety kit is as robust as you'd expect for a Toyota, making it impressive for a relatively low-volume sports car.

Toyota Supra reliability

Toyota has slipped slightly in the overall brand rankings in our Driver Power Customer Satisfaction survey in recent times, with a 12th place finish out of 32 manufacturers in 2023. Reliability itself was better than average, with just 15% of Toyota owners reporting an issue in the first year, but with many components borrowed from BMW (22% of the owners of which reported an issue in the first year), reliability sits in a slightly grey area, though we’ve not heard any horror stories since it’s been on sale.

Safety

It's not known if the Toyota Supra will undergo Euro NCAP crash-testing - which doesn't always extend to low-volume models - but we do know it's fitted with a host of Toyota's safety kit. It’s fitted with a 'Safety+' package that includes lane departure alert (with steering assistance), adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, blind-spot alerts, rear cross-traffic warnings and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist (during daylight hours) detection.

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Its rear cross-traffic system can help prevent collisions when reversing out of a parking space or driveway, which is particularly handy in low-slung sports cars where seeing what's to the rear and sides of the car isn't always very easy if there are other cars or obstacles nearby.

The Toyota Supra is closely related to BMW Z4, which scored five stars in Euro NCAP tests, thanks in part to an impressive 97% for adult occupant protection. It's impossible to say how this would translate to the Supra but it’s encouraging for potential owners.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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