Subaru BRZ review – New updates for 2017 refine the fun coupe, but only slightly - Interior and tech

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

Interior and tech

The BRZ’s cabin is, unsurprisingly, much like that of its Toyota cousin, which means it’s far from being the best-designed or most tactile on the market.

What it does brilliantly is sit you in one of the best driving positions of any car on the market – low, behind a perfectly positioned steering wheel, ideally placed pedals and with a good view down the long bonnet.

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The 2017 BRZ now has a smaller steering wheel. It doesn’t change the way the car drives, but it is a more pleasing size to hold and improves the seating position even further.

The interior appeals to those really serious about driving then (and makes the lofty driving position of most hot hatchbacks feel almost precarious) but if you place any value on the aesthetic or tactile qualities of your cabins you’ll be left disappointed. At least everything is easy to understand and built with a typical Japanese solidity.

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The infotainment is contained within a non-integrated, double-DIN stereo unit. The graphics in the system, new for the 2017 BRZ, already look dated and the touch operation is slow. However, thanks to its standardised size, once it has become too frustrating it can be easily swapped for a newer, more up-to-date one. 

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