Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
At first glance the WRX STI seems decent value. For a price similar to a Golf R, you get a larger car with plenty of standard equipment and impressive performance. The problem is with running costs; the WRX STI emits a staggering 242g/km of carbon – more than a Porsche 911 Turbo S.
For private buyers, that means a purchase price higher than it could be due to a £1700 first year charge. For business users, you’ll be in the top 37% BIK (benefit-in-kind) bracket immediately. In comparison, the faster Golf R costs £500 in the first year and attracts a 32% BIK payment.