Wow. After all these years Subaru’s WRX still hits the spot.
I’ve been driving these cars since day one and 20 years later the turbocharged boy racer is definitely showing a new found maturity.
The biggest improvement is evident in the cabin which is now a much nicer place in which to spend time. All the tacky, hard plastics have gone bye-bye, replaced by premium, soft touch, higher quality materials.
In a way the car really needed to evolve in this direction to keep pace with its aging buyers. Most of the time you see a Rex on the road the driver is grey haired. Hell, my accountant is on his third or fourth WRX and he’s no spring chicken.
What’s it cost?
Prices kick off from $39,240 for the entry level sedan with a 6-speed manual. There’s no hatch anymore, but there is a wagon, although they call it the Levorg – but that’s another story.
It’s amazing Subaru has been able to keep a lid on the price for so long, given the fit and finish and levels of equipment fitted. Last updated around the middle of last year the current model has been “heavily revised” both mechanically and cosmetically.
In the go fast department, there’s better brake pads that provide superior fade resistance, with red brake calipers front and back and new dark look 18-inch alloys, fitted with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT.
The suspension has also been revised, with LED fog lights and heated door mirrors added.
The LED powered headlights follow the steering wheel.
The base model, the subject of our test, comes with cloth seats and two zone climate air, along with red-stitched sports seats, push button start, auto lights and wipers (but not rear view mirror), 6.2-inch touchscreen and 6-speaker CD audio.
The manual misses out on the latest advances in safety including Subaru’s version of auto emergency braking called EyeSight.
You’re asked to pay more for them with the Premium model.
There’s also no satnav, no digital radio and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto — both glaringly absent. Doesn’t particularly worry me, but it does mean you can’t display Waze or Google Maps on the car’s computer screen.
Subaru says changes for Model Year 2018 are focused on creating an even more engaging interior design and raising quality, with more cohesive interior finish and a greater sense of performance potential.
Interior decorations with liberal use of piano black finish provide a sportier, more elegant feel.
What’s it go like?
Wayne? If you’re reading this? You’ve gotta come for a spin in this one mate. If you thought the BRZ was cracker, wait until I’ve taken you for a ride in this one mon ami.