Subaru BRZ

3/5
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Verdict

Subaru are a pretty clever company. They don't over manufacture their vehicles and they share their cars all around the world. The market for Subaru in Ireland is not large, but their reputation is generally good. They've had some pretty iconic vehicles. Most notably the Impreza. While Ireland wouldn’t be as familiar with the BRZ as it was with the Impreza, we have to say…. this is a nice little car.

Performance

The Subaru BRZ is the only Subaru offering in Ireland that doesn't come with all-wheel drive. This is a rear wheel drive. Subaru have kept things very simple for the Irish market, they are only offering one trim and one engine. This is a 2.0 litre, 4- cylinder petrol. It gives 199 bhp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds. This car has a top speed of 226km/h and Subaru reckons that the average fuel economy is just 7.8 l/100km. The bad news for potential customers is that it burns 181 g/co2, which means it costs €750 per annum in road tax at today’s rates.

Ride & Handling

On the road the suspension is firm and you can certainly feel the bumps as you rustle over rough terrain. However, this car has plenty of grip and its steering is excellent. If you get a chance to try this out on a track, we reckon you will knock some good fun out of it.

Refinement

Refinement was not on the top of the to-do list when they created this car. It suffers a bit from road noise. We also thought that the gear changes were a bit rough. However, this roughness around the edges might appeal to Subaru sports car traditionalists.

Quality & Reliability

The driving position in this vehicle is excellent, and the dash is kept very simple. It may look basic, but we’re not sure if there is much that we’d change. The seats are comfortable enough too.

Safety & Security

This car has not been tested for the Euro NCAP. It comes with plenty of airbags and has traction and stability control.

Space & Practicality

You would not really get any adults into the two seats in the back of this vehicle – if you did, they might complain. You might get a couple of child seats in there though. The front area is perfectly sized. The boot is small too, offering just 218 litres. With that said, this car will not be purchased for its practicalities.

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Key Facts

New Price
€39,995
Make

Subaru

Model
BRZ
Variant
2.0R
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
2.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Coupe

Running Costs

Tax
€750
Tax Band
E
Average Cost Per 200km
€20.5
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average L/100km
7.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
641
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
181
Emission Standard EU
EU5

Performance

Driven Wheels
Rear
Brake Horsepower
199
Top Speed
226 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
7.6
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Normally
Torque
205

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
4
Boot capacity (L)
218
Kerb weight
1202
Tyre Size Front
215/45 R17
Tyre Size Back
215/45 R17
Wheel Base
2570

Warranty

Warranty All Components
5 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Warranty Mileage
160,000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
We say farewell to Subaru BRZ with a head-to-head with WRX STi big brother
Top Gear
For purity and driver entertainment, the BRZ is the best in class.
What Car
The Subaru BRZ is a fun sports coupe that just pips the identical Toyota GT86 thanks to its tighter handling, but the more sophisticated Audi TT offers a better all-round package.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
218 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/45 R17 mm
Tyre size back
215/45 R17 mm
Rim size
16 x 6.5J mm
Length
4240 mm
Width
1775 mm
Height
1425 mm
Wheel Base
2570 mm
Front Track (mm)
1425 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1540 mm
Kerb weight
1202 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.8 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Boxer
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
McPherson
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
199 bhp
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