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Subaru Impreza WRX

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Subaru Impreza WRX

The new Subaru Impreza WRX is an absolute blast to drive

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.5 turbo 230 hp ? Petrol 5.6 s 250 km/h
2.5 turbo 280 hp ? Petrol 5 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels All
Length 4 465 mm
Width 1 740 mm
Height 1 440 mm
Wheelbase ?
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) ?
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) ?
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity ?


   The Subaru Impreza WRX is produced since 2006. It is available as a sedan.

   This car is powered by a turbocharged flat-four engine with the cylinders arranged horizontally rather than vertically. The original WRX develops 230 hp, while the top of the range WRX STi has 50 hp more. Both of them have awesome performance and suffer from minimal turbo lag. The WRX hits 100 km/h mark in 5.6 s, while the STi in just 5 seconds.

   The Subaru WRX has a permanent all-wheel drive. Suspension is firm. It helps the car to stick to the sharpest corners, but it is harsh driving around town. The STi is a very focused car, which sacrifices most of the ride comfort for better high-speed handling. However steering is slightly short on feedback.

   Impreza's engine thrums intrusively when revved hard, but this sound just highlights car's sporty character. Less inviting thing is plenty or disturbing road noise, kicked up by large wheels and tyres. Wind noise is also present, but it do not makes you feel uncomfortable.

   The Impreza WRX is well priced for a genuine sports car. Furthermore it keeps it's value well because of the cult status. Unfortunately massive performance comes at a cost as the WRX is expensive to run. A full fuel tank won't last for long as well. There cars are very reliable and rarely suffer from mechanical problems, except that the STi model has a healthy appetite for clutches.

   Interior plastics look cheap, especially the centre console. Unfortunately Aluminum elements do not help to make the cabin more attractive. However light materials were used to save weight, so the cheap looks can be justified. Trim elements are well put together and should prove durable. Layout is logical and the main controls are fuss-free.

   There is a decent comfort for the driver, even with the tight sports seats. Driver's seat adjusts for height, but steering wheel lacks any adjustments. Taller drivers will find headroom restricted.

   The WRX sedan hasn't got the practicality qualities of an ordinary Impreza five-door. Furthermore passenger accommodation do not match even the best small hatchbacks.

   The Subaru Impreza WRX comes with twin front and side airbags as standard. Stability control is unavailable, but the permanent all-wheel-drive still keeps you on the road well in any conditions. An alarm is fitted as standard. It also comes with deadlocks and shielded door locks.

   Standard equipment includes air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, alloy wheels and a CD player. Only few options are available including rally sets.

   Production of the Subaru Impreza WRX still continues.


   Advantages: Superb grip in any weather and road conditions. It also handles well.

   Disadvantages: Disappointing interior styling and materials. Expensive to run.

   Verdict: An absolute blast to drive.

   Also consider: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.


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