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2019 Subaru BRZ Interior Review

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Interior: 7.3

The cockpit of the 2019 Subaru BRZ unabashedly focuses on the driver. This is good news for sports car enthusiasts, who will appreciate its sport-bolstered seats, driver-focused layout, and lack of intrusive technology. The space isn't as pleasant for those in search of a smooth ride, premium cabin upgrades, or high-tech features. Trunk space is average for a car this size.

  • "Red stitching on the seats and trim along with padded surfaces on the dash and doors spruce up this budget sports car's interior. The carpeting and painted dash panels are more purposeful than plush. Most panels have a solid feel and fit together well." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • There were no squeaks or rattles after a year of testing a BRZ, which is a good thing. So, too, is the faux suede on the dash and most trims' seats. But with a sea of black plastic, there's a dated vibe to the BRZ's cabin that could be a turnoff for some." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Overall … the interior design trends spartan; this is a car focused on driving, and its interior reflects that." -- Cars.com (2017)

Seating

The BRZ is a two-door sports car with four seats. Few passengers will want to ride in the back seat, however, which is small and difficult to access. This is a typical shortcoming of any small coupe. The well-bolstered front seats snugly accommodate most body sizes. Cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Seating upgrades include leather and Alcantara-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and red interior stitching.

Both rear seats have a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors. The tight space leaves little room for a car seat, and installing it requires extra effort because the lower anchors are hard to find and use.

  • "To the more casual driver … the Subaru might seem a little noisy, rough riding and confining." -- Edmunds
  • "You sit low in the 2018 Subaru BRZ in a well-bolstered bucket seat. The 3-spoke steering wheel, shifter and pedals are perfectly placed for performance driving. Even the tachometer is where it should be, directly in front of the driver, just as it is in a Porsche 911, so you can keep tabs on the coupe's high-revving engine. There are seats for four, but the back seat is too small to be truly useful; the good news is that it folds flat to expand the trunk and BRZ's cargo capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Aggressively bolstered front seats are firm and provide good lateral support in corners. Broad-shouldered drivers might find them confining and uncomfortable for long trips. Front seat height and backrest angle are adjustable, but there is no lumbar adjustment." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Interior Features

The base infotainment system has a dated appearance, and its touch-screen interface can be slow to respond to inputs. The upgraded system in the Limited trim is better because it has a larger touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. There are few available driver assistance features.

Standard features in the BRZ include the Starlink infotainment interface, a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, basic smartphone integration, HD Radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, manually adjustable air conditioning, cruise control, heated side mirrors, and a rearview camera. Uplevel trims come with a 4.2-inch LCD driver information display screen, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start.

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  • "The interface in the BRZ is a real disappointment. The 6.2-inch touchscreen interface lacks speed and features and is not intuitive to use. For this reason, getting the Limited with its upgraded infotainment system is a good idea." -- Edmunds
  • Ergonomics overall is strong, but the Subaru's infotainment system, despite improvements, seems a bit dated." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Most controls and switches are simple and straightforward, with three large knobs for the climate control. The exception is the radio. The annoying headunit has no tuning knob. Most controls are either flush touch-sensitive buttons or a touch screen with tiny on-screen buttons and hard to read graphics and small fonts. Odd warnings like 'Automatic connection was fail' suggest this radio isn't fully vetted for the US market. The standard navigation system is no prize either, lacking the ease-of-use of more intuitive systems." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Cargo

The BRZ has a 6.9-cubic-foot trunk. That's a normal size for a small sports car, but unlike in some rivals, you can expand this Subaru's trunk by folding down the rear seat. This grants enough room for a set of extra tires.

  • While the trunk opening isn't particularly generous, it can hold a decent amount of smaller-size items. With the back seat folded, the BRZ will swallow a set of tires. The narrowing of the trunk into the back seat can make it difficult to slide wider items through." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat … folds to expand the coupe's small 6.9-cubic-foot trunk. With it folded the BRZ can carry two sets of golf clubs or, more importantly, an extra set of wheels and tires to the racetrack. Let's see a Miata do that." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Rear cargo space is small, at 6.9 cubic feet. At best, a few small bags or a set of golf clubs can fit back there. The backseat folds in a single piece to open up more room." -- Cars.com (2017)
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