► Month 5 with our rally refugee
► Is that cheap interior rep justified?
► Mark Walton's latest diary update
When car folk talk to me about the Subaru many of them ask about the performance first and the interior second. Subaru has a reputation for bad plastics and cheap detailing, but I don’t find the WRX that offensive – it’s not up to German standards, but it’s no worse than your average Japanese standards either.
What lets it down is the Alpine sat-nav and sound system: yes it’s a colour screen, but it’s fiddly to use and it looks so aftermarket. It suggests trips to Halfords, massive exhausts, and auxiliary boost gauges fitted to the top of the dashboard.
Logbook: Subaru WRX STI
As tested: £28,995
Miles this month: 1316
Total miles: 6313
Our mpg: 20.8
Official mpg: 27.2
Fuel this month: £280.32
Extra costs: £0
Read more from the June 2016 issue of CAR magazine