I bought an Impreza WRX after having wanted one for a very long time. This year, I finally bought a new Impreza WRX 2.5 and I can safely say that I'm not disappointed.
The performance is superb. I've yet to have the car wheel spin or lose any grip, and I've driven it in some pretty heavy rain. It just sticks to the road like glue. Acceleration is excellent and 60mph comes up very quickly, although I've yet to get the hang of going through the gears so quickly.
In terms of looks, this model is a definite improvement on last year's model, but it's still no stunning beauty. It does, however, have some serious road presence with the flared wheel arches and bonnet scoop, something I will never tire of seeing when I'm driving.
The interior is functional, if a little on the cheap side. The interior build on my last car, a Skoda Octavia vRS, was better, but all the controls work well and are easy to use. The radio is awful and has now been replaced in my car - Clarion does a nice replacement double-DIN unit which doesn't look out of place.
As for running costs, I'll have to wait and see, although I've gone for Subaru's fixed price service plan to help in that department. The car does drink petrol, though - day-to-day use around town is giving me less than 20mpg, and the government has just put the car into the highest road tax band.
I purchased a 52-plate WRX, with delivery on New Year's eve in 2002, as a fun weekend car.
During my test drive, I was stunned with the performance, road holding and grip, and not least of all the price. I don't think it can be beaten in the 'bangs-for-your-buck' stakes.
However, my enthusiasm started to wane after six months for several reasons. The interior is distinctly low rent and was worse than a Mitsubishi Charisma. I found it very capable and easy to drive at license-threatening speeds without any real involvement or effort on the driver's part. It's simply too easy and unrewarding.
Also, it attracted every nutter in a 1.6 Fiesta with big bore exhaust who wanted to take you on and cut you up at every opportunity.
The car needed two clutches in 7000 gently driven miles. The dealer, after much arm-twisting, admitted that Subaru Japan advised this was a known problem and recommended that the uprated STi clutch be fitted, and this solved the problem once and for all. Why not fit this clutch as standard?
Whilst the manual states that 95 RON petrol is perfectly OK, it pinks and runs rough. A change to Shell Optimax put the engine on song.
It is the only one of my 16 cars where I have never been able to get close to the manufacturer's fuel consumption claims. The manual states 30mpg overall, but the best I managed was 26mpg with a light right foot.
I've grown up now and drive a Nissan 350Z whigh is more powerful, more economical and a much more rewardin
This car is very comfortable, and has an excellent driving position. It also has great acceleration.
I read lots of criticism about the cabin, but it is functional - the instruments are clear and the switches work well and fall naturally to hand.
My only criticisms are the complete lack of interior storage space, and there is a lot of road noise.
I knew nothing about these cars until I got in the one that is now mine for the test drive.
I was expecting it to be a right handful, but it can be a surprisingly civilised car if that's how you want to drive it. However it can also be an absolute hoot if you put your foot down.
To be honest I've only had it two weeks but so far Ive found it faultless. Some reviews will say its a cheap looking interior, but I traded in a BMW and I think this is ok.
It's certainly well put together - although the stereo is a bit on the lame side. Apart from that, no issues.
First tank returned 28.7 mpg but admittedly I wasnt booting it very much. 2nd tank Im expecting more like 25/26.
The one thing I cant say enough about is the drive - its like being on rails. Ive even had all 4 wheels off the ground and it landed back on "the rails" no problem.
As for general running costs compared to something like my mate's Evo, it's pennies, and will probably be a lot more robust.
I usually keep my cars for about 18 months - I think this one will break the record.
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