2015 Subaru WRX road test and review.
With a little bit of a freshen-up the latest versions of Subaru’s WRX are as relevant as ever. The new 2015 Subaru WRX is the best looking ever, the most powerful ever and the best value for money we’ve seen from Subaru.
It’s a great value proposition. Starting at $38,990 for the standard manual model and stretching to $46,890 for the automatic version of the Premium edition, the prices are sharp and the inclusion lists are long.
Comfortable enough to use as an everyday driver the Subaru WRX offers the best of both worlds. With a spacious cabin and enormous boot, the WRX can deal with the rigours of a Bunnings run, school trips and work commutes, but when the red mist descends and you feel like some spirited driving the WRX delivers in spades.
The familiar throbby boxer four cylinder sound is joined by a sonorous turbo whistle…and it sounds as good as it goes. The combo of all wheel drive and turbo power never fails to impress, whether sling shotting out of a roundabout or tackling a twisty road, the WRX is predictable, capable and bloody fast.
The ride couldn’t be described as plush but it’s a long way off the spine crunching ride you get in the upper spec STI variants of the WRX.
With a 197kw and 350Nm on tap the WRX will sprint to 100km/h in 6.0 seconds…but it’s not all about straight line speed in the WRX. It’s blisteringly fast through corners with virtually no body roll, a great suspension tune and well weighted, communicative steering. The grip really does feel like it will never end, and it has a capacity to carry speed through a corner unlike a lot of “performance” cars.
The manual gearbox is the pick with its very mechanical feel although surprisingly, the CVT in the WRX is the most convincing example of this type of transmission that I’ve encountered.
18-inch alloy wheels are now standard in the basic WRX, along with a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with reversing camera. The WRX Premium gets Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist, High Beam Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side View Monitor which is built into the passenger wing mirrors, so you can see gutters and avoid scratching the rims.
The cabin is nicely finished, there are some parts of the dash that expose its garden variety Impreza heritage, but overall it has a feeling of quality. Visibility is excellent all round and the driving position is near on perfect. Surprisingly, leg room in the back is ample, even for adults.
The WRX gets a five star safety rating from ANCAP, slurps on 95Ron Premium fuel at a respectable rate (I achieved an average of 9.7 litres per 100km), and Subaru gives a 3year unlimited kilometre warranty and has a capped price servicing program.
All in all the new Subaru WRX is a great value, well-built performance sedan that is an awful lot of fun.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Subaru WRX
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 197kW and 350Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $38,990