Our Cars brief update: Subaru WRX STi (month five), CAR+ June 2016

Published: 01 May 2016

► 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.

@markwalton_

Logbook: Subaru WRX STI

Price: £28,995 
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

By Mark Walton

Contributing editor, humorist, incurable enthusiast

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