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Toyota Supra review - Reliability and Safety

The Toyota Supra is largely untested in both areas, but should do well

All Supra models come with a full suite of active safety and driver assistance systems. Forming part of the Toyota Supra Saftey+ pack are a pre-collision system (automatic emergency braking), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic headlights and road sign recognition. Supra Pro models add a head up display that helps the driver keep their eyes on the road.

Euro NCAP is yet to test the Supra for crash safety, nor its BMW Z4 cousin. Given both companies’ good reputations for building safe cars, however, we’d wager that an equivalent of 4 or 5 stars is likely should such tests be carried out.

The Supra is also too new – and available in too few numbers – to have featured in our Driver Power 2019 owner satisfaction survey. However, Toyota itself was ranked an impressive 10th out of 30 manufacturers, with running costs and reliability rated highly by owners.

There’s more than a little BMW under the Supra’s skin, though. The brand finished 25th in the same survey, but was rated well for build quality and infotainment – both of which bode well given that the Supra is built in a BMW facility and utilises the German firm’s in-car tech.

Warranty

Toyota’s impressive five-year/100,000-mile warranty applies here and therefore beats the standard three-year items offerd on most of the Supra’s rivals. An extended warranty can be bought at extra cost as part of a package that includes free MoTs and roadside assistance among other perks.

Servicing

Servicing should be relatively pain-free compared to more prestigious rivals; finding a local dealer to do the work should be easy thanks to a large network. Costs are likely to run high, however – large tyres, performance-orientated brakes and a powerful engine will all keep prices relatively high. We’d expect Toyota to undercut its premium-badged rivals in this regard, though.

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