Is there no justice? If you buy a Toyota GT86 it’s predicted that you’ll lose more money over four years than if you’d bought the equivalent Audi TT.

Console yourself, then, that at least the GT86 comes relatively well equipped, and that you’ll have a lot more fun in the meantime. 

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The GT86 comes relatively well equipped

You’ll also, if driving carefully, be able to return more than 40mpg over a gentle touring route; a figure that, thanks to the absence of a turbocharger, drops only to 15mpg on a track day (which doesn’t sound great, but is considerably better than we’d expect from a 260bhp-ish turbo four).

Overall, we returned a very respectable 30.2mpg and would expect most owners to better that. For the amount of entertainment you get, that’s a pretty good deal.

Buying a GT86 makes sense in several other respects too. It's not overly expensive, servicing won't be costly and its reliability should prove excellent. That means that the Toyota, as well as being fun to drive, will be simple to live with and easy to enjoy.

Top 5 Affordable sports cars

Find an Autocar car review

Explore the Toyota range

Driven this week

  • Lamborghini Aventador S
    First Drive
    21 January 2017
    Is an upgrade to 730bhp and the addition of four-wheel steering enough to realise the Aventador's potential?
  • Ford Focus RS Mountune FPM375
    First Drive
    20 January 2017
    Does an official Mountune upgrade of 25bhp and 30lb ft, improve the already rampant and rather magnificent Ford Focus RS?
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    19 January 2017
    The Audi S5 Sportback is more bruising GT than practical sports car, but it makes sense for those wanting a fast executive saloon in coupé get-up
  • First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Despite receiving a cosmetic and mechanical refresh, Lexus's compact executive saloon still fails to provide much driving involvement
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 5h review
    First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Big-selling plug-in SUV gets a light refresh in the face of new challengers to offer decent economy but only average driving dynamics