What is it?
It’s the new Subaru Justy, a three-cylinder supermini based on the Daihatsu Sirion (tested in 1.5-litre guise two weeks ago).
This Justy has a 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor also used in the Toyota Aygo/Citroën C1/Peugeot 107 triplets, as well as the Sirion. The platform underneath it originally came from the previous-generation Toyota Yaris. And unlike previous Justys, it’s strictly front-drive only.
Besides all those things, though, this new Justy is all Subaru.
What’s it like?
Just look at the bonnet if you want a measure of how worried this car is about its identity. It has two badges – one to tell you it’s a Subaru and an odd ‘J’ badge, presumably to let you know it’s also a Justy.
Inside there’s loads of space and plenty of ingenious and practical cubby holes. You also get most of the kit you would want or need, but nothing frivolous. So you get air-con, electric windows all round, a CD player and even an auxiliary input socket for your MP3 player.
Unfortunately the quality of materials used in the cabin isn’t as well judged, and the overall design feels a bit staid.