2016 Subaru WRX road test and review.
In his last review of the WRX, my colleague Joel said that the performance vehicle can be an everyday car. That was with the beefcake Subaru WRX STI but that statement is certainly true for the standard WRX.
Packing less under bonnet the 2016 Subaru WRX is fitted with a 2.0L turbo petrol engine, 197kW of power and 350Nm of torque is nothing to be sneezed at.
But you can still drive it around like a ‘normal’ person (if you don’t mind living with the sound of the low rumble and harder suspension) with just a little in reserve when needed.
From the outside it looks like it could pass as a family car but it still possesses the recognisable WRX nose inclusive of the grille and bonnet air intake.
The inside is no-frills but sleek and by no means basic with clean lines and a black interior.
Plenty of room in the boot and in the back seat is enough for the troops and their gear and the ceiling is higher than it looks.
Seats are fabric, the touchscreen is similar to the ones found in other Subaru’s as are the controls on the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The screen though is surrounded by real and not touch sensitive buttons.
Instrumentation is great with simple, sporty red lighting on the gauges, a colour info display in the middle and the HUD on the dash provides a lot of information.
But it’s definitely all about the drive with the WRX.
I drove it on long stretches of highway, suburban streets and winding roads and the drive was always assured, stable and comfortable.
Especially around the bends, steering provides great feedback and handling is exceptional though the traction control did have a cow but I probably should have turned it off first.
The gear shifter is stiff but precise with well defined gates and the hand brake pulls up very far but is loose and does it quite easy.
You can get up to speed in no time in second or third gear knowing the car has just so much more to give. Everything is so effortless in the WRX you’ll feel like everything in the world around you is just going slower.
And with performance like this you’d think it’d be a guzzler but I came in under 10 litres per 100km.
Everything about it is solid – from the build quality and ride to the drive experience and the look.
The STI may be a little meaty for some and too sporty-looking with that oversized spoiler, so the standard WRX with the 2-litre engine could definitely serve as an everyday car.
The 2016 Subaru WRX manual starts from $38,990 and I’ll take a look at the WRX Premium auto next week.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Subaru WRX
Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 197kW and 350Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $38,990