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Subaru’s performance wagon packs a poised balance between acceleration and amenity. The caveat is you need to buy the top-spec tS variant for true WRX handling.
The WRX badge has long been a synonym for go-fast motoring at a realistic price. The early versions were dubbed “boy-racer” vehicles because they were quick and affordable.
That approach has now evolved. The latest WRX machines … sedan and wagon … have far more creature comforts than their predecessors while still retaining the performance bias that ensures enthusiasts’ attention.
The Sportswagon epitomises this approach: a comfortable, well-appointed vehicle with great load space and a surefooted, swift nature that induces smiles on back roads.
It lacks the outright aggression of the WRX sedan and can only be had with a continuously variable transmission. Given the target market, that’s not a handicap, particularly as only the CVT-equipped versions pick up the full set of Subaru’s safety systems
What is less endearing is the fact buyers need to stump up for the most expensive tS version to get the full WRX experience.