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.


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