For It’s brutally fast in a straight line and around corners. In pure performance terms, it’s a bargain. Subaru has an impressive reliability record.
Against The fuel bills will make even the wealthiest owner wince, and interior quality is poor. It’s noisy, the steering doesn’t offer enough feedback and the boot is small.
There are few cars faster than the Subaru WRX STi across country at any price, but the running costs will scare you and the interior plastics will depress you.
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The WRX STI is a standalone model in the Subaru range, so there aren’t many choices to be made when buying it. There’s only one engine and one trim, so beyond niceties such as the colour, you only have to decide whether to buy the four-door saloon or the five-door hatchback.
The hatch is a little more practical, but the saloon is the classic shape for this type of car. Besides, it’s debatable how important practicality is for WRX STI buyers.
There are two dealer-fit power upgrades – the 316bhp 320R and 335bhp 340R – plus a range of styling modifications to make your WRX STI ever wilder.
It’s also worth knowing that unlike other Subarus, which get a five-year warranty, the WRX STI gets three years’ cover.