Toyota Supra (2019) Review
Toyota Supra (2019) At A Glance
While it might seem that every car on the road is an SUV, there are a surprising number of new cars on the market that put enjoyment and appearance above things like practicality.
Cars like the Alpine A110, Porsche Cayman, BMW M2, Audi TT RS and Jaguar F-Type all have their selling points - but the new Toyota Supra is arguably the most convincing all-rounder of the lot.
Developed in collaboration with BMW, the new Supra has been a long time coming. It shares a great deal (including a factory) with the latest Z4, but you’d be hard pushed to tell from its design. You’ll love or hate it, with its gawping headlights, wide rear arches and surprisingly compact dimensions.
While Toyota’s more affordable sports car, the GT86, is let down by its below-par interior, the Supra feels just like a BMW inside. There are soft-touch materials everywhere, everything’s logically laid out and a slick 8.8-inch infotainment screen is standard.
You sit low down, so the Supra feels like a proper sports car, while electric seat adjustment means it's very easy to get comfortable.
The Supra clearly isn’t a practical family car, but there’s more than enough room for two adults and a couple of weekend bags. The 290-litre boot isn’t as big as you’d find in rivals and there’s quite a high lip for lifting heavy items over, but it’s no less practical than we’d expect from a car like this.
Of course, the best thing about the Supra is how it drives. Power comes from a 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged petrol BMW engine which sounds fantastic (take note, Porsche Cayman buyers) and offers impressive performance, reaching 62mph in 4.3 seconds.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox is quick to respond, and most drivers won't find themselves missing a manual gearbox. There are paddles, too, if you want more control over the transmission.
Alternatives like the Alpine A110 might be more agile on a race track, but in the real world the Supra offers plenty of easily-accessible fun, with superb steering and a balanced rear-wheel-drive chassis.
Resisting the temptation to be lured into a Porsche dealer and buying a Toyota Supra instead makes a bold statement. If you can live with people asking what on earth it is, the Supra is a truly excellent purchase.
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