We are testing the new 2022 Subaru BRZ S manual with our family. We voted the previous model of this gorgeous little four-seater sports car our family favourite in 2018 when we drove it with our first daughter.
We have changed as a family since then with the edition of our second daughter and so our requirements of a car have changed too! Will we still feel the same about the new BRZ, now it has changed and our family has changed? Let's put it through some of our BabyDrive testing and find out!
Well, the first thing I noticed was my rear-facing little lady had to be turned forward-facing for the week in the BRZ! There simply is not room for rear-facing child seats in this four-seater sports car! She loved the opportunity to watch her feet stick out though!
Everyone is surprised but there are ISOFix points in both of the rear seats and top tether anchorages too, and they are all easy to access and connect to.
We did discover that when we grown-ups went to get in the front that the legroom and interior cabin space feels smaller than the previous, 2018 BRZ we tested. I am 162cm and could fit in front of either front position but hubby could only just squeeze into the front passenger seat and he's 184cm. The glove box seems to protrude much further than in the previous, model taking leg space from the cabin. It wasn't exactly comfortable for hubby (or the child in the back) when he tried to drive the 2022 BRZ either!
The interior is very nice in the 2022 BRZ, with nice suede seat upholstery with black and red leather trim. The seats are sporty and hugging which feels comfortable.
Storage is very minimal, as previously, with two cup holders in the central console and door bins that will hold a refillable water bottle. The door handles double storage wells too, which I found useful during my week with the BRZ and the glove box will hold an iPad and wallet with the manual.
Boot space seems smaller in this new model, with a large spare wheel in the boot which takes up most of the space!
The previous model BRZ fitted nine shopping bags in the boot and various prams and strollers but I could only fit five shopping bags in the boot or a compact stroller and three shopping bags into the 2022 BRZ.
I did find the spare wheel a great place for storing the kids' school bags though!
This is the top-spec S model with a manual gearbox, and it's FANTASTIC to drive! I feel the engine is nicer in this new model than the previous model too. The kids love the novelty of driving around in the BRZ, it's exciting and really good fun, it is easy around town and to park and great out on the open roads too!
The media system is really simple and nice and easy to use in the 2022 Subaru BRZ.
It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the reversing camera image fills the whole screen and is nice and clear too.
This new Subaru BRZ is great to drive! It is a great little run-around with the kids in the back and it's as much for them as it is for the adults on board!
The 2o23 Subaru BRZ has seven airbags as standard, dual frontal and front side chest airbags and curtain head airbags for the second-row passengers and driver's knee airbag. You get more crash-preventing technology in the automatic transmission version, which I guess they just couldn't get to work with the manual!