Subaru WRX Premium 2018
When it first exploded into the Australian context, the mighty WRX delivered maximum cutting performance, delivering 0-100km / h speeds for a fraction of the price of an equivalent European vehicle. I mean really, what’s not to love?
Fast forward 25 years and continue as its sect continues, which is becoming more and more noticeable by the fact that its competitive quality only increases over time.
For my weekend test, I’m driving the Subaru WRX Premium 2018. It costs $ 45,640, comes with a standard kit including electric sunroof, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat, navigation, leather trim and harmonic / kardon sound system.
So how does the wild WRX handle the more tame reality of the family taxi duty? And what does it really live with? My child and I had the weekend to find out.
With the thriving winter sports, the first call was a children’s football match – fortunately, both my boy and my little girl (both twins) played in the same team.
The basic design of the front of the WRX and its angular grille, virtually unchanged, aside from the addition of new black accents brings a more masculine look, especially when combined with lights. New LED fog. These black accents really work well to highlight the main design features, especially against the bright red of our test car. It’s a face that will attract attention in the rearview mirrors of cars everywhere.
See the side profile, the main feature of this MY18 model is easily the wheels; New 18-inch alloys with matching red brake calipers. Wonderful.
Inside, there’s a reasonable cabin space, lots of legs and clear headroom. Despite that, it’s a bit sparse in the backseat, with no vents or USB ports to take advantage of. However, the children made good use of two cups in the central armrest and bottle racks on each back door.
The front cabin design is very simple, with several circular dials for air control buttons and stereo functions. The touch screen, at 5.9 inches, is on the small side, but it has a clear display and includes navigation as standard (though without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto). An additional 3.5-inch screen is located on the top of the dashboard that displays vehicle data for the driver to turn over.
Our Saturday morning football game is a 45-minute drive away, which gives us plenty of time to get used to the cabin. My son sitting on the front did a quick job of syncing the smartphone to the touch screen and had a Spotify playlist that emitted six-speaker stereo in twice as fast.
Even if the window pops up, the stereo still has to work hard to reduce the noise of wind and road making its presence known inside the cabin. The combination of stereo and noise outside the cabin makes communication with the kids in the back more difficult than necessary.
While the kids are giving cabin features again, I’ve come to understand with the WRX six-speed manual gearbox. Strangely, it was a process that ended the entire journey. Our car trip was a jerk (as my kids could confirm) as I tried to take the clutch pedal measurements with its long journey and bizarre bite points. The up and down shift requires more physical effort and gate consideration than I expected.
From the start of standing, the WRX feels like it bounces off the red line first too fast, before the turbo stops to suck in a blast of air before launching the car forward in the second gear. Fun, but certainly not the experience I had planned. On the plus side, hill departure assistance is a welcome feature in stop-start traffic.
However, around the back street, WRX has shone, sending larger bumps with clinical precision. Smaller ripples and rails need two hands on the steering wheel – this is not always easy when driving a manual transmission. However, as you expect, it’s unbelievably sure around the corners.
The rest of our day is to celebrate our 10-minute victory with a glass of milk at the local coffee shop, followed by a shopping trip to Woolworths. Parking WRX in a tight parking lot is a simple exercise thanks to the reversing camera and parking sensor. In addition, there is a camera screen of the left front wheel in the dash display to help assess the distance from the curb.
The schedule for today is a picnic with friends for lunch. But first, I want to go to WRX on a small Sunday morning without a family.