How much does the Subaru WRX cost?
Pricing for the fifth-generation WRX sedans kicks off at $44,990 plus on-road costs for the base WRX, climbing to $48,990 for the same version fitted with a continuously variable automatic transmission and the “EyeSight” advanced driver safety sensors and software, which aren’t available on manual models.
Standard gear on both includes cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys wheels, and an 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The RS versions add a sunroof, powered and heated suede-feel front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a pair of rear USB ports to match the two up front, a 10-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system and an auto-dimming rear mirror. Prices start at $50,490 for the manual and $54,590 for the CVT.
The top-spec tS variants are CVT only and come with adaptive dampers and a five-mode drive-select system that lets owners control the likes of throttle response, transmission, suspension set-up and steering weight.
The “Sportswagon” is a CVT-only proposition across the three grades, reflecting the fact Subaru expects the wagon to appeal to a different type of buyers who still want a quick car but prioritise versatility over outright volatility.
The base wagon is $49,990, the GT costs $55,490 and the tS is $57,990.
In wagon guise, even the entry model has the rear USBs, though you have to buy the tS to pick up the suede-feel seats.
Rivals range from the front-wheel drive Hyundai Kona N small SUV and i30 N sedan priced at $48,000 and $49,000 plus on-road costs respectively, to the all-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf R at $65,990 for the hatch and $68,990 for the wagon.
Refreshingly, WRX service intervals now mirror the industry average at now 12 months/15,000km rather than 12,500km as applies to some other Subaru products.
The first five visits (equating to the warranty period) will amount to $2,365.74 for vehicles fitted with the CVT and $2,433.06 for manual gearbox vehicles.
Is the Subaru WRX safe?
Subaru isn’t pre-empting the ANCAP assessment, so won’t comment on the WRX’s safety credentials. Safe to say, the CVT version will earn a higher rating courtesy of the extended safety kit.
All WRX’s benefit lane-change assist, a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
Those fitted with the CVT add autonomous emergency braking in forwards and reverse, coupled with autonomous emergency steering, meaning the WRX will not only engage the brakes but will steer away from the potential crash if the sensors and software can detect a safe route.
There’s also active lane keeping (where the car will steer itself back into the lane), a lane centring function (where the car’s cameras are used to keep it between the white lines), adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlamps.