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The Top Gear car review:Toyota GT86
Final thoughts and pick of the range
Despite being relatively cheap, strongly warrantied and with bags of equipment as standard, the GT86 might fail the showroom test – it’s simply not as shiny and lovely as an Audi TT, VW Golf GTI or second-hand Porsche Cayman.
But that’s really not the point. There’s a wonderful depth to its engineering that makes it worth every penny if you like cars for the way they drive and the satisfaction they give you when you really dig into their abilities on a challenging piece of road.
It says a lot that Toyota took a whole five years to update the GT86, and kept the changes so light when it did. This is a fundamentally great car that may not look or feel especially modern, but that’s sort of the point. As the car world advances towards plug-in this and autonomous that, it’s a line in the sand for old-school fun.
Our choice from the range
This is the one we'd pick...