If there’s one car that sparked the movement of proto-rally and it was the Subaru WRX, its WRX STI. WRX STI is the WRX’s superior, more advanced and more expensive sibling. All-wheel drive, which includes an electronic controlled central differential as well as the manual with six speeds, connects an slow-moving turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four. Its engine could be identical to the one it had in 2004 , when it was launched however, the STI’s 300 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque still rank among the top models in its class. The grippy Honda Civic Type R and the soft Volkswagen Golf R. These hatchbacks do have a lot more utility than the sedans only STI provides. The rally-bred power comes with certain drawbacks. These include the noise of the cabin as well as the ride some consider to be too rigid. Remember that the person who is “too firm” is another’s “just perfect.”
What’s New for 2020?
The basic STI remains largely unchanged. In 2020, it will feature keys-free access, with push-button starting and also adorns the 19-inch wheels that are dark-gray in color with a machined-finish.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
It’s difficult to justify the price of the Limited’s $4700 over the standard STI because the features are standard regardless of trim levels. So the rational part of our brains suggests going for the base model. The basic car has an 7.0-inch infotainment device with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities as well as heated front seats and 19-inch wheels adorned with summer tires.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The WRX ST’s turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four engine is eager to get up to speed and emits an iconic flat-four roar from the quad exhaust pipes that the car’s engine is equipped with. However, this engine isn’t as smooth, or as powerful like the turbo fours that are smaller which power the Subie’s close competitors. With a bit of delay from the turbo’s spooling it’s deficiency in low-end rumble results in a quick, stuttering power delivery that is heavy in the city. The regular manual gearbox with six speeds is essential to ensure the car continues to pull hard, with the exception of extreme, high-rpm clutch drops to maximize acceleration from a stop. If you drive it with a lot of force However, the STI’s control systems sync well.
With its updated chassis and all-wheel-drive traction it’s STI is more agile and fun when driving on back roads with twists than the standard WRX. The stiff suspension helps keep excessive body movement in check, but however it does sacrifice some riding comfort on more rough pavement however, this latest Subaru is still suitable as a day-to-day driver for the ardent. The steering that is electrically assisted is fast, simple and comes with a moderate control, while the center differential can be adjusted to allow the driver to fine tune the chassis through adjusting the torque split of the drivetrain’s front to rear. These pedals of the STI are separated to facilitate race-style heel-and-toe shifts and the brake pedal’s firmness delivering the initial bite well and allowing for easy adjustment.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The engine in the WRX STI is bigger and is of a different design as compared to the majority of modern four-cylinders. This, in conjunction with Subaru’s compact gearing, makes it the most expensive within its category. Regarding fuel efficiency ratings and efficiency, there is a difference between the EPA estimates that certain four-wheel drive mid-sized pickups actually get more miles in a gallon of gasoline over the STI. In our 200-mile highway fuel economy test it beat its 22-mpg mark by three, but it was still behind rivals by a couple of miles per gallon.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Like many sporty cars, the WRX’s humble beginnings can be seen within its cabin and is quite basic in terms of quality, layout and features. In spite of the red seatbelts as well as Red accents for the Recaro seat, its interior is dark and the new materials and sound insulation don’t do much to make the STI’s cabin more appealing in proportion to its cost.
The STI is quite spacious for its sedan-like body with three boxes, thanks to a spacious trunk and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. But, all of Subaru’s rivals are hatchbacks, which have more flexibility for sucking in items. It is spacious enough to store small objects on its central console, with its main areas being the console bin and door pockets that are small.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Alongside an 5.9-inch screen for information in color on the dashboard and a 5.9-inch color information screen on the dash, the STI is equipped with a moderate variant of the Subaru’s touchscreen information system, dubbed Starlink. Although it’s not the best or high-resolution system currently available It’s user-friendly and comes with a variety of current features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are, however, not included.