SUBARU WRX PREMIUM CVT SEDAN
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.
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.
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.
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.