Car Review - Subaru BRZ

Emma Mayoh enjoys life in the fast lane with a Subaru BRZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON

I will miss the noise of the Subaru BRZ. The rumble of the two litre engine at the slightest tap of the accelerator is a sound I quickly became accustomed to and one I relished hearing. At slower speeds there is a gentle, comforting hum but when you open the throttle on the motorway, the roar of the engine is unquestionable and addictive.

But this is only one of the many features I enjoyed on the Subaru BRZ. From the sports-style car seats and the sleek, panther-like body work to its striking, steely blue colour, this sports coupe ticks all of the boxes.

There are also 17-inch alloy wheels as well as many of the features drivers have come to expect in a car, like USB and iPod connectivity and cruise control. There is also keyless entry with a push button start – something that took me a while to get used to having never used it before. But once accustomed to it, I was enjoying the absence of my routine rummage around my handbag trying to locate my keys. With the Subaru, they only had to be in my bag and with one pull of the door handle, the car opened.

Another enjoyable part of the car is its positioning. The BRZ makes no secret of the fact that it has the lowest centre of gravity of any car – a fact Subaru are proud of and have spent years perfecting. Admittedly, it does take some getting used to as you feel bumps on the road far more than you would in some other cars. But once you are used to it, it becomes something you love.

You forget quite how low the car is until you pull alongside another ‘normal’ height car. At one point I mistook a Ford Focus for a 4x4. It was only when I got out of the car that I realised my error.

This is a car that attracts attention too. Having been lucky enough to drive some super luxury cars during my time at Cheshire Life – think Rolls Royce and Bentleys – I didn’t expect the BRZ to command as much attention. I was mistaken. This is a car that demands you look at it. Its low profile, roaring engine and striking exterior attracted more than just a few passing glances. Left in the car park, it would not be unusual to find people hovering around it upon my return.

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As you’d probably expect in a sports car, space in the back seat isn’t exactly what you would call roomy. However, if you did need to fit more than two people in at any one time, it could be done at a squeeze. But if you are looking for a practical car, the Subaru BRZ is not the car for you.

This is a car built for fun and pleasure, not for the supermarket shop – although the boot is ample size to accommodate this. This is a car to enjoy just for the sheer indulgence of it.

The Subaru BRZ two litre SE Lux, which costs �26,495, was kindly loaned to Emma Mayoh by Mangoletsi in Knutsford. For more information visit

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