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

Make

Subaru

Model
BRZ
Variant
2.0R
Trim
BRZ
Car Category
Coupe
First Launched
2012
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Coupe
Price New
€39,995
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€750
Tax Band
E
L/100km Combined
7.8
Average km/L
12.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range
641 km
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average Cost Per 200 km
€20.5
CO2 emmissions
181 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU5

Performance

Brake Horsepower
199 bhp
Max Power kW
148
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1998
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Rear
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
226 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
7.6 s
L/100km Urban
9.00 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.70 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Coupe
Doors
3
Seats
4
Boot capacity
218 L

Warranty

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

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
Rear Track (mm)
1540
Kerb weight
1202 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.8

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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€39,995
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  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 218 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 199 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.6 s
  • New Price €39,995