Subaru BRZ review – New updates for 2017 refine the fun coupe, but only slightly - MPG and running costs

Blessed with an excellent, involving chassis, but feeble engine and poor tyres prevent the BRZ from achieving greatness

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  • Excellent driving position, wonderfully immersive chassis
  • Naff exterior details, low-rent interior, low grip tyres

MPG and running costs

The 2-litre direct-injection flat-four engine in the Subaru doesn’t have the on-paper economy that turbocharged cars offer, with an official NEDC figure of 36.2mpg combined. CO2 is rated at 180g/km, so in purely economic terms you’ll spend a little more on tax than you would with a hot hatchback of equivalent performance.

On the plus side, you’re actually likely to get close to that MPG figure in the real world. When we ran a Toyota GT86 (that has the same engine, transmission and weighs the same) as a long-termer a few years back, numbers in the low 30s were a regular occurrence, and the car wasn’t driven gently.

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evo Tip

We’d be inclined to switch the BRZ’s cheap Michelin Primacy tyres with some more premium, performance focused rubber as soon as the opportunity presents itself. While Subaru (and Toyota)’s use of low-grip rubber should be applauded in theory, it works less well in practice. What you lose in low-speed adjustability on stickier rubber you gain in precision and confidence, which then eventually allows you to continue to exploit the car’s balance. Well worth the extra cost.

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