Greg Hill reviews the Subaru WRX and STI.
Subaru’s WRX and the rally-bred STI version are still among the most desirable offerings in the used car segment for affordable performance cars.
There is a unique charm about the turbo-charged, all-wheel-drive WRX that has made it an icon of the Subaru range for the past 25 years, due in no small part to how it displays all the characteristics of a true sports car while still delivering everything required for everyday use.
WRX hasn’t lost any of its ability over the years, but its superstar image has waned as the competition has improved and there’s now a wider choice in the segment.
The fourth-generation WRX was introduced in March 2014, and only as a sedan. It followed the established WRX formula but was revitalised with improved engine and driveline technology, bigger brakes, an interior upgrade and more standard equipment.
The aggressively styled WRX is based on Subaru’s Impreza and so offers the practicality of a small-to-medium four-door sedan. Leg and head room are respectable, and it has a useful boot. Outward vision is good, but the instrumentation is a touch fussy.