The Subaru BRZ is a sports coupe that combines fun handling with stunning good looks and decent overall performance. It has a compact 2.0L engine and rear wheel drive, achieving 0-60 in just over 7 seconds without too much effort. Where this car really comes into its own is on twisty country roads and it was very much designed for people with a passion for driving and a desire for sports handling.
Compromise comes in the form of limited room for back seat passengers but the boot space is sizeable, making the BRZ practical despite its cool looks and performance. Fuel consumption is an impressively high 30’s mpg (even higher in the automatic version) and at under £25,000 for the standard model, this is widely held to be one of the best cars in its class. If you’re not quite ready for the tame family hatchback, this is definitely a car to consider.
For the full rally experience, few cars have ever come close to the Subaru Impreza in terms of performance or handling. The Impreza’s four-wheel-drive system delivers enough power to the road to launch you in the direction of the horizon, but the handling and steering are so finely balanced that they more than match the power output. There is every chance that your nerve will fail you long before you reach the car’s boundaries.
In other ways, however, the behavior of the Impreza is no more challenging than any other mid-sized saloon or estate. The ride is sporty to firm in feel, but not unsympathetic and there is ample space for front and rear passengers plus a decent boot space for luggage. Impreza’s are renowned for their reliability but with all that power they are by no means the most economical run-about in town. Buyers considering new Subaru in London will find that Impreza prices range from £17,000 to £24,000, remarkably affordable, given the Impreza’s pedigree and performance.
Subaru Legacy Outback
If practicality is more of an issue, the Subaru Legacy Outback is the perfect SUV about town, loaded with kids and baggage. It is equally at home off-road for some weekend fun. On the road, it drives like any other larger family car with the positive ride and balanced steering you would expect from a Subaru. The clever design of the Legacy Outback provides it with special reinforcements and ground clearance to allow it to easily master tougher terrain without missing a beat.
Available in both petrol and diesel versions this is a cross-over vehicle with permanent all-wheel drive, allowing it to seamlessly slip from city traffic to open countryside. In every department, the Outback screams practicality, with its spacious Volvo-esque estate car format and a go-anywhere quality that has as much to offer families as it does weekend explorers.
Evan Hall has been a motoring journalist who loves reviewing cars for a living. Whilst searching for a new Subaru in London he carried out extensive research into the entire model range and its performance.