What’s WRX STI really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts


Having owned a number of performance cars I did not have high expectations when test driving the wrx sti, but I fell in love with it straight away. The steering is very responsive, power is always there when you need it (only played with s# a couple of times as si provides more than enough power, at least for now) not had the opportunity to test it out in the snow yet however, the grip is very good on frozen roads considering all the power it puts out. I am impressed with the mpg averaging around 27 which is the stated figure (how many times are manufacturers actually honest about these figures?) without driving around like the queen's chauffeur everywhere. The only bad points I can pick out after owning it for 1,000 miles are: 1. The suspension. If your area is full of potholes, speed bumps or uneven roads you will feel like you have been in a fight with a bear after driving the sti 2. Gear box. Lovely gear box however if you go into the wrong gear at the wrong rpm the car will 'hurt you!' 3. Interior. I love the interior but my sti has developed a rattle somewhere around the dashboard and it gets a bit annoying, nothing turning up the radio won't fix. Whilst on the subject of radio. Head unit is ok. If you have an android phone they play along beautifully, however with an iPhone it is very iffy at best. Also no sat nav, maybe a factory extra however with a price tag of nearly £30K one would expect it to be included as standard. No heated/cooled seats either but they are very comfortable nevertheless 4. Finally, my sti is red which looks amazing when it is clean, however you can forget about in the winter, just seems to be permanently dirty no matter how often I wash it. Overall, I love the sti. I did not buy it for mpg or comfort, it's very sensibly priced when compared to other cars of similar performance and has a long successful heritage behind it.

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Mr G of SOUTHAM, 2016

I am very pleased with my new WRX STI. It handles very well and the engine is superb although a little thirsty. I must praise the choice of seats and driving position as it is perfect for me. I no longer get a sore back on a long journey. There is ample room for 5 people even tall passengers and the boot is larger than I expected. It does lack small secure storage areas, except cup holders they are everywhere. My only fault is the so called info system. It connects to my two mobile phones OK and picks up all the local radio stations but Subaru have missed a massive opportunity with the apps. I can only get two here but most of the information and available radio stations are American. Google calendar is excellent and the local weather but why not google maps/mail or engine management information (battery charge, or water, oil temperatures etc). An app for local fuel stations or parking linked to google, tomtom etc would be so useful.

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Mr T of DUMFRIES, 2016

Comfortable family car and lots of power when you need it, will have the sti version one day.

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Mr R of DAVENTRY, 2015

My Subaru is an Impreza WRX. Love the car. It is a 2002 model which I purchased in 2007. Apart from the cost of running a vehicle of this spec I have not had any major expense. It has passed the MOT each year with just the normal replacements such as tyres. This year I have had new brake pads and discs and work done on the anti roll bars. It is now running like new again. I would buy another Subaru and would recommend them.

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Mrs T of GRIMSBY, 2016

Lots of horsepower and handling for the money

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Mr H of ROYSTON, 2016

What an absolutely brilliant car, thank you Subaru

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Mr T of WAKEFIELD, 2015


"The WRX STI is the freshest it’s been in ages, making its departure even harder to swallow."

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Top Gear, 1 November 2017

"Subaru's rewarding-to-drive, high-performance road-and-track sports saloon is for people who get that, like life, it's not the destination but the journey that's to be savoured."

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Motorbar, 31 October 2017

"There's nothing else on the road quite like Subaru's WRX STi. The Japanese-made motor blends power with precision and rally-esque performance with daily practicality, putting it into a segment all of its own."

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Iceni Magazine, 26 October 2017

"On the road, the WRX STi more than rival cars like the Golf R and Focus RS for sheer grip, clinging hard to the road with a cleaner turn-in and better body control than any STi before it."

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Car Keys, 17 February 2017

"In terms of its performance, this four-door saloon has the ability to step into the ring with any of its class rivals, going from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a potential top speed of 159mph."

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Telegraph & Argus, 12 November 2016

""Top speed if you're brave enough to reach it is 152mph!"

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Car Keys, 28 October 2016


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