2014 Subaru Trezia Review

The Subaru Trezia was borne out of an alliance between Subaru and Toyota in 2008 and it's the same as the Toyota Ractis. The two cars are virtually indistinguishable save for differences in emblems and branding. In Kenya, the Subaru Trezia is lesser known and most customers opt for the Ractis but either way, the end result is the same. It competes with the Nissan Note, Mazda Demio, Honda Fit and Suzuki Swift.

Detailed Review

The Subaru Trezia was in production for a single generation that lasted from 2010 to 2016. It was succeeded by Subaru Justy and its discontinuation was precipitated by that of the Toyota Ractis that ended the same year.

2014 Subaru Trezia

The 2014 Subaru Trezia is available with 2 engine options, these are a 1.3L 1NR-FKE/FE engine and a 1.5L 1NZ-FE engine. These are linked to a CVT transmission and available in 2WD and 4WD(1.5L engine only)

2014 Subaru Trezia Grades

1. Subaru Trezia i  – This is the base grade that comes either the 1.3L or 1.5L engine, 2WD/4WD and steel rims
2. Subaru Trezia iL – This is a fully equipped grade that comes either the 1.3L or 1.5L engine, 2WD/4WD, alloy rims and fog lights
3. Subaru Trezia i TYPE EURO – This is sports grade that comes the 1.5L engine, 2WD, alloy rims, fog lights and paddle-shift.

2014 Subaru Trezia Interior
Legroom and Space
The Subaru Trezia is a spacious and roomy hatchback thanks to its high roof and flat floor. The seats are set at an elevated position which makes for a natural seating position and an excellent view of the road. It has excellent legroom and can comfortably accommodate tall passengers

2014 Subaru Trezia First Row

2014 Subaru Trezia Second Row

Cabin Storage
The 2014 Subaru Trezia has clever cabin storage compartments that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. For the 1st row, there 4 cup/bottle holders, door panel storage , storage spaces below the dashboard, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, the storage is on the door pockets.

2014 Subaru Trezia Cupholders

2014 Subaru Trezia door storage

2014 Subaru Trezia Boot Space
This has got to be the largest boot we’ve seen on a small hatchback. At 429Litres of boot space, the Subaru Trezia scores highly in this regard. When extra space is required, the rear seats can fold flat to create a large boot. In this configuration, the Trezia is transformed into a mini-van. It’s not hard to see why the Trezia has become so popular with business people.

2014 Subaru Trezia Boot

Extras: CD/Radio player, Navigation(Optional), Smart-Start, 6 Airbags, Alloy Rims, Fog Lights

2014 Subaru Trezia Dashboard

2014 Subaru Trezia Exterior
The exterior is more angular than the predecessor with projector LED headlamps at the front and a flat rear with crystal LED taillights.

2014 Subaru Trezia Rear

2014 Subaru Trezia Fuel Consumption
2014 Subaru Trezia 1.3L Fuel Consumption: 21.8 km/L
2014 Subaru Trezia 1.5L Fuel Consumption: 15.6 km/L

2014 Subaru Trezia Acceleration
2014 Subaru Trezia 1.3L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 12.3 sec.
2014 Subaru Trezia 1.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.2 sec.

Subaru Trezia Speedometer

2014 Subaru Trezia Fuel Tank Capacity: 42 Litres

2014 Subaru Trezia Ground Clearance
The 2014 Trezia has a ground clearance of 5.7 Inches(145mm). This is a low car by Kenyan standards and will not clear some speed bumps. It might be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan standards. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Subaru Trezia

2014 Subaru Trezia Stability and Handling
At moderate speeds, the Subaru Trezia feels stable and sure footed. However at higher speeds, there is evidently some understeer around corners. For normal driving, this should not be a problem but for enthusiastic drivers, caution is given. We found the 1.3L engine to be underpowered and struggles to accelerate under full load. It is ideal for light, urban use and in conditions where speed and power are not a priority. For long distance travel and heavy loading, the 1.5L is much more preferable.

2014 Subaru Trezia Service Intervals
Minor Service: Done at 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: Done at 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2014 Subaru Trezia Engine

Subaru Trezia Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
As we mentioned earlier, the Trezia is built on the Vitz platform and they share many parts except body parts. Service parts, engine parts and suspension parts are widely available in Kenya at affordable prices. Body parts are slightly expensive and not as widely available. We visited several Subaru spare shops in Nairobi and we were able to quickly find the parts we wanted. For a list of these shops follow this link

2014 Subaru Trezia Reliability
The 2014 Subaru Trezia is a reliable car with no major problems reported. The engines are the same as those in the Toyota Vitz and they are known to be reliable. However, there’s a concern around the CVT gearbox that is known to be sensitive. Use of bad quality transmission fluid and irregular service are not recommended as they will lead to transmission failure. There have been reports of electrical failure and engine problems after high pressure engine wash. Caution is advised against high pressure wash in the engine bay. This should be avoided or minimized.

Always follow the recommended guidelines as per the Owner’s manual. To download the 2014 Subaru Trezia Owner’s Manual click here

Resale Value: Good

Subaru Trezia Competitors: Mazda DemioNissan Note, Honda Fit,

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: See Latest Subaru Trezia Prices here
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 60,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 25,000/- for 4 Tyres

What we like about the 2014 Subaru Trezia
1. Spacious and roomy Interior
2. Good fuel economy

The 2014 Subaru Trezia is a practical car that is ideal for people who value functionality and fuel economy. Due to its strong demand, the prices have been going through the roof lately as dealers cash in.

Where To Buy the Subaru Trezia in Kenya
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2014 Subaru Trezia Kenya

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