Subaru Justy Road Test

Subaru Justy

Subaru Justy Review

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Subaru are limiting UK sales of the Justy to just 1,000 units per year

The Subaru Justy houses a 3-cylinder, 12-valve engine, with double overhead camshafts and Dynamic Variable Valve Timing (DVVT). It produces 69.3PS or 51kW at 6,000rpm and 94Nm (69.3lb ft) at 3,600rpm. The peak points definitely indicate that it is a petrol engine but the noise and, apparent, low-down torque makes a good fist of trying to convince you that it’s really a diesel.

This is backed up by the fuel consumption figures of 46.3-, 64.2- and 56.5mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined cycles, respectively. CO2 emissions of 118g/km puts the Subaru Justy just under the 120g/km, threshold for the forthcoming new Congestion Charge rules and makes it liable to a VED Band B charge of £35 per year.

The Subaru Justy comes with a non-optional, 5-speed manual gearbox, which is notchy but not awkward. The ratios are good with a particularly long first gear making the most of the willing little engine, which punches above its weight.

It takes the Justy 1.0R, some 13.5 seconds to complete the 0-60mph dash and from there the top speed is a tad short of 100mph - 99.4mph to be precise. Although lacking in size, this unit is evidence of how small engines have improved. It is very capable in dealing with motorway traffic; the DVVT system offer high-rev responsiveness, which allows the car to compete favourably in higher speed environments. The DVVT also enhances the low speed pulling power, which surprises a lot of drivers, at traffic lights.

The new Subaru Justy has been tuned for European roads, with long suspension travel; but not so long as to cause too much concern on fast twisting roads. That said, it is not a sports car or a hot-hatch but the inclusion of anti-roll bars, front and rear, does help the cause and encourages a certain amount of playful driving, aided and abetted by the electric power steering, which is fairly positive and great for getting out of tight spots.

The Subaru Justy is a car that sends mixed messages and the more I drove it, the more I appreciated its driveability and comfort. Despite the engine noise that has you reaching for the audio, volume control, this car does grow on you. And then there are the warranties; 5 year/60,000 mile mechanical and a 5-year UK and European roadside assistance, plus 12-year anti-perforation warranty.

But, if you’ve been encouraged to go out and buy one, be warned, Subaru are limiting UK sales of the Justy to just 1,000 units per year.

28 September 2008 Melanie Carter
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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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