test bench | Subaru WRX: The Desire to Drive

(Kingston, Ontario) For a brand that is respected and serious, but sometimes lacks inspiration, the WRX is one Subaru that will make you want it.

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Eric LaFrancois

Eric LaFrancois
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Take a moment to have a good look! Barring a possible but highly unlikely reversal, this fifth-generation WRX will be the last to expose its exhaust pipes to a competition that sometimes can’t keep up. And for good reason! This sedan is undoubtedly the perfect sports car to face, without breaking the bank and Quebec’s climate and roads during all seasons.

Had it not been for the Ford Mustang, the Subaru WRX would have been the best-selling sports car in Canada. This is a surprising statistic. Perhaps not as much as reveals that WRX owners have an average of 13 years younger on the clock than “traditional” buyers in this niche. And for good reason. Unlike the vast majority of Mustangs and other classic sports cars, the WRX doesn’t spend winters under a tarpaulin, and no matter the weather, it knows how to maintain its intrinsic qualities. without compromise. Price must be added to these features. For the asking amount ($30,995), it’s impossible to find a vehicle capable of this performance.

  • The WRX has the advantage of being comfortable on a daily basis and being used in all seasons.

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    The WRX has the advantage of being comfortable on a daily basis and being used in all seasons.

  • The rear seats became more free after changing the size of the chassis.

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    The rear seats became more free after changing the size of the chassis.

  • We would have liked a more greedy trunk.

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    We would have liked a more greedy chest.

  • For the asking amount ($30,995), it's impossible to find a vehicle capable of this performance.

    Photo courtesy of Subaru

    For the asking amount ($30,995), it’s impossible to find a vehicle capable of this performance.

  • Seven out of ten buyers prefer a three-pedal WRX.

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    Seven out of ten buyers prefer a three-pedal WRX.

  • Even if it has a (Si-Drive) button to wake the samurai inside, this automatic transmission is still a pure CVT drink with that feel.

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    Even if it has a button (Si-Drive) to wake the samurai inside, this automatic transmission is still a pure CVT drink with that “pedal in a vacuum” feel.

  • The engine that drives the WRX doesn't like to bother the tachometer needle.

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    The engine that drives the WRX doesn’t like to bother the tachometer needle.

  • This supercharged 2.4L engine exhibits impressive agility at medium and high revs, and it shoots hard and revs hard.

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    This supercharged 2.4L engine exhibits impressive agility at medium and high revs, and it shoots hard and revs hard.

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The supercharged 2.4L powered engine doesn’t like to bother the tachometer needle. Worse, it requires premium gasoline which it does not provide at all. On the other hand, it exhibits nice agility at medium and high speeds, pulsing hard and reviving powerfully. These results do not differ depending on the gearbox chosen. Agree, yes.

Despite the rather attractive arrangement and slightly higher consumption, the six-speed manual shares – subjectively – this feeling of handling.

Fans of this model are likely to have a common impression, with 7 out of 10 buyers preferring a three-pedal WRX.

So just over a quarter of WRX owners turn to automation. Dubbed the SPT (Subaru Performance Transmission), this box is said to seek to replicate the operation of a dual-clutch transmission. Undoubtedly more responsive than the one offered in the previous generation, and more fluid too, but it’s a CVT. Even if it is configured to distribute torque unevenly between the operating gear. Even if it has a button (Si-Drive) to wake a samurai sleeping in it, this box is still a pure CVT drink with that “pedal in a vacuum” feel. Additionally, and unlike the Manual, the SPT uses an electronic emergency brake.

more adhesive

Not surprisingly, the WRX includes the modular architecture on which practically the entire Subaru range is based. Known as the SGP (Subaru Global Platform), it has undergone another development process to meet the specification set for the WRX. stiffer after applying 19m of additional adhesive, it receives more ergonomic suspension elements (read with increased travel) to improve its performance on damaged roads. Given the state of our roads, this is without a doubt the best compromise. Of course, on a smooth surface such as the surface of a circle, these settings are not the most effective and lead to certain oscillations in the body. and after? The WRX has the advantage of being comfortable on a daily basis and being used in all seasons.

The WRX is remarkably stable, has impeccable pulling power, and a speed that inspires confidence. It will be criticized for being too light thrust (especially in the center) and the front axle being too dope to grab top cornering.

Refinement in mind

Stylistically, the WRX makes no effort to lure the retina (especially law enforcement) its way in. Many will value this appreciation as much as the solutions offered for improving aerodynamics or the oxygenation of certain mechanical elements.

On board, it’s still the details that grab the attention. Front seats offer more support than in the past, and the infotainment screen – on more expensive versions, at least – is more modern and fun to lean back on. For these improvements, let’s add more open rear seats after resizing the chassis where two people can travel comfortably. In contrast, we would have liked a greedier chest, a fatter rim and appropriate clothing to feel the road at your fingertips. And a reduced travel hoist as well. Finally, an infotainment screen whose size varies according to the version chosen. But this last criticism, upon reflection, is of no importance. Entertainment is experienced at the wheel.

Hosting costs related to this report are paid for by Subaru Canada.

Subaru WRX

price range

to $30,995 to $41,895

Visible in agents

Currently

consumption

12.1 liters per 100 km

we the love

Athlete all seasons
solid construction
Manual gearbox in progress

Love less

small trunk
Disappointing automatic transmission
agility

our judgment

The base model ($30,995) with manual transmission is an opportunity to seize!

technical card

engine

  • Turbocharged 2.4L DOHC H6.0
  • Power: 271 bhp @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft between 2000 and 5200 rpm

performance

  • Weight: 1515 kg (manual gearbox)
  • Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 5.9 s
  • Maximum speed: 236 km / h

Motion vector

  • Standard: 6-speed manual
  • Optional: Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT)
  • Driving mode: four-wheel drive

Tires

  • 235/45R17 (base model only)
  • 245/40R18 (all trim levels except the base model)

Tank Capacity and Recommended Gasoline

Dimensions

  • Wheelbase: 2670 mm
  • Length: 4670 mm
  • Height: 1465 mm
  • Width: 1825 mm (excluding outside mirrors)

It’s only one see again !

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Subaru STi

Out of the way for STi (our photo) which, unlike the WRX, is putting her career on hold. Some evidence suggests that Subaru could soon bring it back to life with the help of the Electric Fairy. One of them: the STi E-RA concept study presented at the last Tokyo Motor Show. This prototype displays an architecture designed around four electric drives capable of producing 1,073 horsepower. Subaru intends to improve its development before bringing it to the legendary Nürburgring (Germany) next year to set a new speed record.

less style the challenge

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Rotating Impreza for gatherings

There was a time when you could draw a direct connection between the rally-changing Impreza and the WRX and WRX STi that caught the eye on the street. Today, car appearance icons have changed the game. If sportsmanship remains a very thriving value in the eyes of some customers, it will not be displayed in the same way. Aside from a few hallmarks, this fifth-generation WRX demonstrates this trend toward more sobriety.

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