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SUBARU JUSTY,

Overview

The Subaru Justy model is great to drive, cheap to own and well built. It's roomy inside with a good-sized boot and impressive rear passenger space. There's just one engine a 1.0-litre petrol with peppy performance, good fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The Justy has light steering and good visibility but it also holds its own at motorway speeds where it's stable and comfortable.

Inside

The interior isn't especially luxurious it's neatly laid out, easy to use and very well built. The instrument cluster is attached to the top of the steering column, so it's always easy to see. All round visibility is excellent but to aid parking, the Justy has reversing sensors as standard. The quality is good, despite some rather cheap-looking plastics in certain areas, but these tend to be out of the way. Otherwise it's roomy and comfortable.

Driving

The Subaru Justy is available with just one engine, 1.0-litre petrol with a modest 69bhp. The three-cylinder unit produces a characterful sound and is surprisingly peppy, especially at low speeds, which makes it ideal for nipping around town and city streets. It pulls reasonably well in-gear too, so despite a leisurely 0-62mph time of 13.9 seconds it feels much quicker in every day driving. It can get noisy at high revs and it invariably needs to be worked hard to get the best out of it, but it's certainly not coarse or unrefined. It’s no surprise it handles well and is great fun to drive. The steering is light, which makes difficult manoeuvres such as parallel parking easy - helped by a small turning circle. The downside is that it's lacking in feel, however it's responsive enough and thanks to impressive levels of grip, the Justy corners very well with minimal body roll, making it enjoyable to drive.

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