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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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.