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Subaru WRX STI (2010-)

Overall Rating

4 stars

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the quickest yet with major handling upgrade, based around new 'spec. C' suspension.

For
  • Saloon version is returned
  • Stunning performance
  • Great looks and quality interior
Against
  • Insurance
  • Running costs
  • Not an every day car
Road Test

In response to market demand Subaru have bought back the four-door saloon version of the Subaru WRX STI after an absence of three years sitting alongside the hatchback, and will mark the first time that four- and five-door versions of the car have been sold together in the UK. In order to further refine its all-round performance, the 2011 WRX STI has been extensively tested under a wide variety of weather, traffic and road conditions. The new WRX STI benefits from a stiffened bodyshell and an extensively reworked suspension system - based upon the marque's widely praised 'spec. C' set-up. Lower ride height and wider tyres also contribute to more direct and accurate control of the car and greater feedback for the driver. The more rigid bodyshell has also made it possible to increase suspension travel, benefiting road-holding as well as ride refinement. An all-new design of wheel saves approximately two kilograms of un-sprung weight per corner compared to the outgoing model, helping to further improve ride and handling, as well as enhancing the car's appearance. Exterior styling is extensively revised, with new bumpers, enlarged rear quarter panels and lower ride height giving the car a more muscular presence. Inside, the quality of the cabin materials has been upgraded, and the driver and passenger are assured of a secure and comfortable seating position thanks to the introduction of all-new RECARO bucket seats. The widely praised 2.5-litre Subaru boxer 16-valve turbo engine with Dual Active Valve Control produces 300ps at 6,000rpm and massive torque - with a peak of 407Nm at 4,000rpm - even from low-revs. While these outputs are unchanged from the outgoing STI, improved torque delivery throughout the rev range translates into better response and more linear acceleration. The zero-to-62mph sprint is achieved in just 5.2 seconds. The high-performance WRX STi is the model that everyone remembers for its World Rally Championship-winning reputation. It's always been great value for money, with a generous standard equipment, tremendous performance and tenacious handling.

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Subaru WRX STI (2010-)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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