SUBARU WRX PRE­MIUM CVT SEDAN

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VALUE

The Pre­mium model wins the dol­lar war. Stan­dard fare in­cludes sun­roof, satnav, fog lights, leather trim, cli­mate con­trol, Harman Kar­don audio with Blue­tooth and USB in­put, power driver’s seat, 17-inch al­loys and key­less ignition. Re­tained value is 55 per cent. Short in­ter­vals for lifetime capped price ser­vic­ing — the first six get you to three years or 75,000km and would cost $2207 or $735 an­nu­ally.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The WRX gets a new 2.0-litre boxer four cylin­der (197kW/350Nm), claim­ing 8.6L/100km of 95 RON. The con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion (in Subaru In­tel­li­gent Drive S# mode) en­ables proper “man­ual” changes. The

CVT doesn’t daw­dle — try 0-100km/h in 6.3 secs.

DRIVE

DE­SIGN

Sedan body is more ex­tro­verted with bon­net scoops and body kit. LED head­lights also stand out. The Soob wins on bootspace (460L with split-fold rear seats to ex­tend it). There’s more than enough space for adult oc­cu­pants front and rear, head­room not so much. There are no rear vents.

SAFETY

Also rank­ing five stars. the WRX matches the Golf’s seven airbags but also has rain-sens­ing wipers, au­to­matic (LED) head­lights and rev­ers­ing cam­era (but with no stan­dard park­ing sen­sors). Drive the CVT and doubts are erased — it’s a well-cal­i­brated job that makes good use of the prodi­gious grunt. Grip is sim­i­larly stun­ning. A se­ries of smooth bends barely raise a sweat for the Soob. The ask­ing price is rea­son­able but the WRX’s ride qual­ity is well short of the Golf’s.

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