It’s a great car, or not It’s a fact that the 2020 Subaru WRX refuses to be overlooked: loud and boisterous and a rally car model as a badge honour. The steering is smooth and the ride smooth, and the smiles it gives are numerous if you’re willing to give up an unrefined and quiet interior for speed and excitement. The standard all-wheel drive system and the robust brakes are complemented by the blazing performance of the turbocharged flat-four with 268 horsepower. It’s easy to find a vehicle that hews closer to the sweet spot of the performance/refinement equation, but the 2020 WRX offers plenty of fuel to get your adrenaline pumping.
What’s New for 2020?
The 2020 WRX will continue to show the same jolly-in-training-hooligan personality that brought it to the map, however Subaru has thrown in some other improvements to keep things exciting. The Performance package comes with Brembo brakes, with Red calipers (four-piston in the front and rear, with two pistons) as well as a sunroof deletion to cut weight and Recaro performance seats for the front. In the driver’s seat features the ability to adjust it eight ways as even criminals have to feel comfortable every now and again. The highest trim levels, and the best trims, include approach lighting and programs that automatically turn on the headlamps every time the windshield wipers turn on.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
With Premium, base and Limited trims divided by features and prices, WRX buyers will want to examine the options thoroughly. Should we write a check, we’d go with the middle-end WRX Premium. Choosing the manual six-speed will not just cost you $1900 less than the CVT’s cost but it will also cut down on the cost of therapy, since the feeling of grabbing gears with the WRX on the twisting gravel roads is an extremely effective stress-busting activity. The base car is able to provide almost all of the excitement however, the Performance package at $2850 will only come with the premium. With a price of $33,545, it is an impressive array of features for those who know precisely what they’re looking for.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The WRX has its stripes of performance due to its turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine. with 268 horsepower, 258 pounds of torque and an all-wheel drive to push it to the road The sedan is an acrobatics machine whether equipped with the standard manual six-speed transmission or the more optional continuous variable auto transmission (CVT) that is offered on Limited and Premium models. The previous WRX we tested accelerated from 0-60 speed in a record-setting 5.5 minutes. For daily driving the sluggish power delivery can be more painful than enjoyable, since the turbocharged vehicle exhibits some initial hesitation in moving, only to be followed by an unexpected surge of acceleration.
Similar to its engine it’s the chassis that can be experienced when it’s driven hard. The very well-balanced and extremely comfortable electric-assist steering system works in conjunction in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system and the grippy summer tires to ensure that the car will move exactly where you direct it. The basic models are able to benefit from somewhat faster steering when compared to Limited and Premium models. Although its steering is on the firm side, it’s not overly harsh. But the Subie isn’t as polished and refinement that is found in cars like that of Volkswagen Golf GTI or even the Hyundai Elantra Sport. The WRX’s standard summer tires, along with the Performance package’s new brake pads for the car’s remarkable and unfading braking performance.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Peter Parker’s incredible power could have been accompanied by great responsibility The WRX’s tremendous power is accompanied by a soaring desire for fuel. If it is equipped with the option of a CVT engine, the WRX has EPA fuel economy figures that are less than the figures of a number of mid-sized crossover SUVs. The six-speed manual we tested improved the WRX’s fuel efficiency ratings a bit however, it consumes fuel more quickly than its counterparts with stick-shifts.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The WRX is a vehicle designed to be a tough driving machine and not to scold its passengers. Dark noisy, loud, and constructed of mediocre materials, its interior is a dark and bleak space where you can relax and enjoy the hours. The positive side is that the Subie features low windowsills, little blind spots as well having a simple second-hand control. All models come with comfortable , well-padded seats, we’re particularly fond of the option of Recaro seat in the front. They are comfortable and supportive. The seats also come with red trim which provides important hue to the otherwise uninteresting interior.
A roomy trunk and an ordinary 60/40 split-folding back seat makes the WRX with ample space to store the cargo. However, its small storage spaces inside leave only a little space to store items.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The base WRX is standard with an 6.5-inch touchscreen and the higher-end Premium as well as Limited versions switch for a bigger 7.0-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto are standard, however built-in navigation is accessible on the top-of-the-line Limited. One auxiliary input and a USB port are included for the base model; however Premium and Limited add a second USB port. Premium and Limited include an additional USB port.