Toyota GT86 (2012-2021) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Economy and emissions lag behind class-leaders, and depreciation is significant too
Despite its small 2.0-litre engine, the Toyota GT86 is surprisingly expensive to run. The six-speed manual version returns up to 33.2mpg on the WLTP test cycle and emits 196g/km of CO2. The truth is, of course, that driving the GT86 in the manner intended is likely to see consumption quickly drop to the wrong side of 30mpg.
To put the figures into perspective, a similarly specced Audi TT with 2.0 TFSI power returns around 46mpg. The Audi is also far cleaner thanks to CO2 emissions of 138g/km.
The Toyota GT86 with the automatic gearbox has slightly better figures. It manages a slightly improved 32.8mpg, but emissions of 183g/km are a lot better. However that model is best avoided as the manual is faster and far more fun. If you're looking at buying a GT86, you'll probably be happy to sacrifice some economy and emissions for the added fun of the manual box.
Unlike rivals from BMW and Audi, Toyota offers no fuel-efficient alternative to the petrol engine - a diesel would add weight, as would Toyota's hybrid system.
Servicing and maintenance costs should be reasonable for the Toyota GT86 though, and all models come with Toyota's five-year warranty so it’s not all bad news.
The Toyota GT86 sits in two insurance groups: 34 for the manual and 35 for the auto.
The GT86 appears to be gaining cult status as one of the last naturally aspirated, manual sports cars for sale. While residuals in the past haven't been that impressive, a retained value of 47-48 per cent after 3 years/60,000 miles for the current car are actually better than the returns for the 2.0 TFSI Audi TT. However, the Mazda MX-5 has stronger scores, although the folding hard top-equipped RF is at a similar level to the Toyota.
In this review
- 1Toyota GT86 (2012-2021) reviewThe Toyota GT86 combines great fun and excellent value in a good-looking package
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat balance and nimble steering make the GT86 a joy through the bends – but more power would be good
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingEconomy and emissions lag behind class-leaders, and depreciation is significant too
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe focus is on fun, not premium fit and finish, but the Toyota GT86 has tons of personality
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Toyota GT 86 makes a practical tourer for two, but don't coun on it for the school run
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe GT86 is not the most reliable Toyota, says our Driver Power survey - but it's still a Toyota!