Buying a WRX STI is expensive, but that’s just the first of the big bills. It’s a thirsty car, so don’t expect to get much more than low-20s mpg, while its CO2 emissions put it in the top bracket for company car tax. You’d better budget a lot for insurance, tyres and brakes, too. Resale values are good, though, which helps to keep whole-life costs down.
Subaru WRX STI Hatchback quality & reliability
The interior is more Aldi than Audi; all the plastics are hard and drab, and the switches feel low-rent. There’s little to love about the design, either. At least Subaru’s reliability record is a strong point, so you shouldn’t have any worries about being stranded by the side of the road.
Subaru WRX STI Hatchback safety & security
The basic design of the WRX STI – with its four-wheel drive and low centre of gravity – gives the car a certain degree of safety. Stability control is standard but, if a collision is unavoidable, there are also front, side and curtain airbags. Security equipment includes deadlocks and etched windows, and there’s a satellite-tracking system just in case your car prematurely starts heading for the wrong postcode.