Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 32 - 39 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
  • Automatic BRZ uses less fuel
  • Still thirsty if you push it hard
  • Long warranty adds reassurance

Subaru BRZ: what will it cost me to run?

Subaru BRZ running costs are reasonable for a sports car. The combined fuel economy is a claimed 39.8mpg for the automatic version and 36.2mpg for the manual car.

We found 30mpg a more realistic figure, but more is possible if you’re really careful with your right foot. But then, that’s not really the point.

The service intervals aren’t overly long at 12,000 miles but the warranty is remarkable for a sports car - five years and 100,000 miles means you shouldn’t need to fork out for much remedial work.

Tellingly, the BRZ depreciates 3% more over three years and 36,000 miles than the Toyota GT86 it shares the vast majority of its components with.

Subaru BRZ: is it eco-friendly?

The Subaru BRZ emissions hierarchy is fairly simple to decode – there’s only two versions. The greenest is the automatic model that emits 164g/km of CO2.

Manual versions put out quite a bit more CO2, with 180g/km. Neither is going to appeal to a company car driver, that’s for sure.

  • Subaru and Toyota build strong cars
  • Tried and tested boxer-format engine
  • Only one recall and that should be resolved

Subaru BRZ: will it break down on me?

Reliability isn’t a major issue - both Subaru and Toyota have exemplary records for build quality so there isn’t too much to worry about.

The engine, although new when launched, is a tried-and-tested design that Subaru has been building for decades, so that shouldn’t be a concern either.

There has only been one recall, for cars built between 2013 and 2015, relating to the power steering. Since then the Subaru BRZ has been all-clear.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £265
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 30 - 31
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