SUBARU WRX & WRX STI
Need to know
The Subaru WRX and STI are iconic performance cars. Blisteringly fast from A to B in the real world thanks to great drivelines and solid fundamental engineering. Subaru's trademark Symmetrical AWD is surefooted and forgiving in all conditions - dry, wet, sealed, unsealed, smooth, rough - but the real brilliance of these cars is not that they're forgiving. The real brilliance is that they also respond to finesse - so if you know how to make a car go quick, these things are astonishingly rewarding for the money.
The price is unbelievably low. It's amazing that this much performance is available at these prices.
This time around, WRX and STI are available in sedan only. The hatch has been dropped. But the platform is very well sorted, and the 'Premium' variants in WRX and STI are something you could tolerate driving every day. They're civilised and refined as well as quick.
STI remains manual-only and carries over with the old STI engine (which is almost certain to be replaced next time around) but the WRX now also comes with a CVT as well as a manual. Don't let anyone tell you the CVT is a travesty. Quite the opposite: it's brilliant.
- Unbeatable performance/value equation in both WRX and STI
- Very forgiving and blisteringly fast in the real world
- Really shines in wet and slippery conditions
- 'Premium' spec means even STI is liveable as a daily driver
- CVT WRX is a brilliant combination - despite what 'die-hard manual' detractors say
- No more hatch :(
- STI engine deserves a re-vamp (not that any car needs to be quicker - just saying...)
IMAGES (WRX STI) - click to enlarge
2.0 PETROL (WRX)
Power: 197 kW @ 5600 rpm
Torque 350 Nm @ 2400-5200 rpm
Economy: 8.6 L/100km (CVT)
2.5 PETROL (WRX STI)
Power: 221 kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque 407 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Economy: 10.4 L/100km
Transmission: 6 sp manual or CVT (STI: manual only)
Preferred models: They're all brilliant
Length: 4595 mm
Width: 1795 mm
Height: 1475 mm
Kerb weight: 1562 kg (WRX Premium CVT)
Seating Capacity: Five
Safety: Five-star ANCAP
Warranty: 3 years / unlimited kilometres
Service interval: 6 months or 12,500 km (whichever comes first)
Spare wheel: Space-saver