Subaru Justy Review

Subaru Justy

Subaru Justy Review

Subaru Justy ReviewSubaru Justy Road Test

The flattened and somewhat boxy rear end allows for a carrying capacity of 225-litres, which can be increased to a maximum 630-litres, should the need arise.

The flattened and somewhat boxy rear end allows for a carrying capacity of 225-litres, which can be increased to a maximum 630-litres, should the need arise. The extra luggage space is achieved by folding the 60:40 rear seats, which is easily accomplished, or would be if only you could figure out how to undo the drop-down, centre seatbelt. In this instance I resorted to the handbook, which wasn’t much help but the section on which type of accidents wouldn’t activate the airbags was enlightening. Unusually for this type of car, the Subaru Justy comes equipped with front and rear curtain airbags to go with the more standard, front and side cushions.

The amount of interior space is quite impressive and is created by having the occupants sit in a more upright position. But I was still surprised by the amount of rear legroom. It isn’t a huge amount but plenty for adults to avoid cramp on long journeys and a lot more than some of the Justy’s rivals, of which there are many. Moreover the legroom isn’t at the expense of comfort; the seat squabs are a good length and are firm but well padded. Those in the front are a little more contoured but not enough to be considered sporty.

The top of the broad and deep fascia has a hint of Vauxhall Agila/Suzuki Splash about it as the main section forms a deep curve between the air-vents. Below, is an open storage shelf that runs the width of the cabin. From the passenger side to the base of the centre console, it offers good, sensible storage options with an enclosed cubby underneath, where the central section protrudes into the cabin. On the driver’s side, the shelf is largely filled in, allowing for the movement of the rake-adjustable steering column and attached oval, instrument nacelle.

The brushed aluminium-effect panel on the centre console houses the chunky, climate control dials as well as the integrated CD/radio. It also serves to lift the interior ambience, which is already surprisingly light and airy thanks to the deep windscreen, along with charcoal and light grey interior panels. The audio system might not appeal to HiFi enthusiasts but the sound quality is far better than in some other supermini's.

Unlike the Daihatsu Sirion, there is only one form of Subaru Justy and that is the 1.0R; priced at £8,995. For that you get the full set of airbags, ABS with EBD, alloy wheels, air-conditioning, electric windows front and rear, remote central locking, ISOFIX child-seat anchors and rear parking sensors, which isn’t bad.

What is bad, however, is the engine noise. What starts out being pleasantly sporty soon reveals itself to be a rumbling worthy of a Massey Ferguson tractor, with the accompaniment of transmission whine and an almost constant chatter coming from somewhere under the dashboard. And it’s not even a diesel. To my mind, you can forgive this in a Daihatsu but somehow, expect better of Subaru. Obviously, this is a matter of perception because both cars have the same engine.

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Subaru Justy Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSubaru Justy 1.0R
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourMaroon Mica
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph13.9 Seconds
Top Speed 99 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban46.3 mpg
Extra Urban64.2 mpg
Combined56.5 mpg
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty 5-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 28/09/08)£8,995

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