Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the Subaru WRX STi.
The guys at Subaru threw me the keys to both the standard WRX STi and the Premium edition too; essentially the two cars are identical, with the Premium just picking up a couple of little extras.
You can read my comprehensive review of the 2014 Subaru WRX STi here.
So, what are those little differences between the standard WRX STi and the Premium? Well, the biggest difference is the price! The regular version costs from $49,990, the Premium costs from $54,990.
For that extra $5,000 you get heated front-row seats and an electric sunroof – and that’s it.
Still, when you look at both grades of the WRX STi holistically, both variants really are great value for money. The performance, handling, steering, brakes, race-car like feel, the sporty but comfortable interior, all that is worth the asking price alone.
Then you add standard features in both, including;
- 18” alloy wheels
- LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights
- Reversing camera
- Body kit
- Leather and alcantara interior trims
- Push button ignition and key proximity central locking
- Electric folding door mirrors
Then off-course there’s those handy features you might expect, such as auto headlights and wipers, trip computer, cruise control and dual-zone climate control – they are all there.
I forgot to mention also that if that rear wing is a bit too much for you – Subaru will happily give you an STi without it, at no extra cost.
Summing it up; unless you can’t live without the sunroof and the heated seats then the standard WRX STi is probably the better value option.
Either way you get performance that you would expect to have to pay a lot extra for in a really well-sorted and generously stacked package.
The 2014 Subaru WRX STi is one impressive offering.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.5 litre turbo-petrol producing 221kW and 407Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $54,990