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Toyota Supra review - Interior, design and technology

It shares much with the BMW Z4, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

The Toyota Supra shares much of its mechanical underpinnings with the BMW Z4 and this shows in the Supra’s wide, short-wheelbase proportions. Outside, Toyota’s design pays tribute to the 1990s sports car of the same name – a long bonnet, large headlights and a squat rear end help give the new Supra a similar presence on the road and a high level of visual drama that’s undeniably important in this class.

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While the Supra’s interior design is different to that of the Z4, with which it shares some of its DNA, in many areas, much of the componentry inside is BMW-sourced. That’s a good thing in some ways, as Toyota’s infotainment technology isn’t up to snuff, even in its most recent cars like the Corolla. Material and build quality fits the price tag though, as does the list of kit.

You get some great heated and ventilated sports seats that hold you nicely and compliment the sound driving position. Climate control is also standard, as is a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, sat-nav with connected services, adaptive LED lights and 19-inch alloys. You get lots of safety tech as part of Toyota’s Supra Safety+ pack, including adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, automatic high beam, blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

As far as the infotainment system goes, Supra buyers get a re-skinned BMW iDrive arrangement, with an 8.8-inch screen. Much of the other switchgear is from the Munich parts catalogue, too. The infotainment works slickly, while the adoption of BMW software means you get Apple CarPlay connectivity for the first time in a Toyota, but Android Auto is not offered. 

On our Pro specification test car, the rearmost speakers caused a rattled over bumps – but this issue may have been specific to our early example.

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