2018 Subaru WRX STI Hatchback Specs Reviews
2018 Subaru WRX is one of the fastest and most compact cars around. It’s not too quiet or comfortable, but it’s a fairly inexpensive performance car that you can drive every day.
You may be expecting some rough side in the car that was born from Subaru’s long participation in racing, a motorsport form that mostly runs on dirt, mud and gravel. But the real surprise is how to tame these cars actually. The WRX and the faster WRX IMS are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine optimized for performance but capable of delivering a reasonable fuel economy. WRX delivers 268 horsepower and an estimated 23 mpg combined with a manual transmission, while IMS wrings out 305 hp and 19 mpg combined.
WRX also offers a complementary technology and modern comfort, both as standard and optional equipment, including a choice of two multimedia systems, two audio systems, smartphone application integration, navigation and assistive devices such as blind spot monitoring and departure lanes. Emergency alert and emergency braking. These attributes, plus comfortable seating, spacious cabin and excellent visibility, make WRX a daily and family car driver completely practical.
But it can not be denied that the WRX could be a tough and rough car. You will hear a lot of noise on the highway and feel a lot of road surface inside the cabin, especially on IMS, which can go from the field to the rally rally weekend and directly competitive. Major competitors such as the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST far surpass Subaru for everyday decency. To be fair, Subaru said it has made efforts to silence the 2018 model with thicker glass, seals and insulation. We have not moved the latest models to hear the difference.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Hatchback Specs Reviews
What’s new !
WRX received some useful changes for 2018, including an updated front-end design, suspension and revised steering tuning, and thicker glass, seals and insulation aimed at better road noise reduction. Subaru also added some new features to its EyeSight safety package.
With a 305 hp engine and all the sport – the brakes, the suspension, the seat, the steering wheel – we’d be happy to recommend WRX STI, but we can not. Outside the box, this is a competitive weekend racing car that you can drive to work for a week, but its extremely tight and fearless suspension limits its appeal. Instead, we refer you to WRX Limited. While the premium trim cost is less, it rises to limited space, a 10-way adjustable power regulator, adaptive LED light, keyless lock and ignition key, and a variety of options, including navigation and driver safety features.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Hatchback Specs Reviews
2018 Subaru WRX Features
2018 Subaru WRX is a five-passenger sedan that is offered in five trim levels: base, Premium, Limited, STI and STI Limited. The basic model is ready to act with 268 horsepower and performance tires, while Premium adds larger wheels and heated front seats. The Limited adds luxury like leather seats and has more options available. The IMS model starts with limited equipment but adds 305-hp engine and brake performance and suspension. The STI Limited goes all with sunroof, navigation, driver aids and more.
The WRX Base model begins with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (268 horsepower, 258 pound-feet torque), six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The standard equipment list also includes 17-inch wheels, performance tires, heated side mirrors, fabric upholstery, rear-view camera, 60/40-split folding backrest, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, and six-speaker media system with 6.2-inch touchscreen, satellite radio And HD, CD player, USB and additional inputs, and smartphone application integration.
WRX Premium adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, sunroof, heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer, and 7-inch touch screen.
Limited is built on LED headlamps and foglights, automatic high beam, power-adjustable 10-seat driver, trimmed leather seats, ignition without lock and entry, and optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.
Options for the WRX Premium model with manual transmission include a 7-inch touchscreen, an upgraded Harmon Kardon audio system, and a new Performance package that complements Recaro’s rear seats (including the power-adjustable eight-seater driver), improved brake pads, and Brake calipers painted red. This package removes the sunroof, however, for the sake of heavy savings.
WRX Limited which comes with manuals eligible for options including navigation, audio upgrades, blind-spot monitoring and cross-country traffic alert system, while a limited model equipped with CVT can add Subaru’s EyeSight system, which incorporates features such as adaptive cruise control, emergency braking Automatic, route departure warning, high automatic beam, and adaptive foglights (“bending”) that help illuminate angles and indentations. The EyeSight system is not available with stick shift.
The STI model is equipped like the WRX Premium but with a larger engine, 19-inch alloy wheels, and no sunroof. The STI base adds a more powerful 2.5-liter engine (305 hp, 290 lb-ft), Brembo brakes, limited rear-slip and rear differentials, and more aggressive suspension tuning. Options include Recaro sport seats, power-adjustable, eight-way power seats, and keyless locks.
The STI Limited adds back sunroof plus keyless ignition and entry, eight-way power seat, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic traffic alert and premium audio system with navigation. The only option is a lower profile lip spoiler. EyeSight is not offered for WRX STI.
Several dealer-installed options are available for WRX and IMS, including performance exhaust (basic WRX), auto-dimming rearview mirror, short-throw shifter, carbon fiber trim, unique shift knob and interior lighting accents.
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2018 Subaru WRX Interior
What the WRX lacks looks good, it means its benefits. The spacious WRX cabin is easy to use and offers good visibility. It would be better if offered as a hatchback like a competitor, but instead as a sedan that is hard to beat.
Ease of use
The climate control system can not be simpler. The radio launch board is easy to use, but the screen is too small for iPod or satellite radio readings. You must use the redundant audio screen on the dashtop trip computer.
In and out
The high roofline and sporty seat with a slim bolt makes it easy to get in and out, even with a WRX sports car. Same goes for the backseat.
A 6ft rear passenger can sit behind a 6ft driver. The driver’s seat offers more customization, and therefore the room, than expected compact car. Headroom may be tight for those who have long torso.
Dash and low hood make a wide road appearance reminiscent of Japanese cars from decades ago. High windows and large mirrors more favorable visibility. Standard but miniature mirror camera.
Approach level VW GTI and Ford Focus ST (though still shorter defeat). Soft-touch material, no thin bits and switchgear feels good to use. Rival costs less and gives more, but if you prioritize performance over equipment, WRX represents excellent value.
2018 Subaru WRX Technology
Offers a range of options and technological features typical for this class, including two different touchscreen display sizes, navigation system, upgraded premium audio system and application-based cloud services such as remote lock and unlock, roadside assistance and emergency notifications.
Audio & navigation
Basic infotainment includes 6.2 inch touch screen, Bluetooth and CD player. The top-level system comes with 7-inch touch screen, navigation and more. The New Multimedia Plus system is between 7-inch screen, voice commands, Siri Eyes Free – and comes standard on Premium and higher.
There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but Pandora and Aha streaming music apps appear standard for basic models. Siri Eyes Free and MirrorLink (universal smartphone interface) are standard on the Premium trim and above.
Blind point monitoring and cross-rear alerts are combined, while more powerful features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic emergency braking are available in the optional EyeSight package.
New Multimedia Plus infotainment includes voice commands, including handsfree text messaging features, and Siri Eyes Free. The top-level system offers the same thing, with voice commands also available for navigation functions.
2018 Subaru WRX drive
Although the acceleration numbers may be difficult to duplicate in the real world, the WRX 268-hp provides a continuous sensation in a straight line or around the corner. Does not disappoint in the most important areas for driver enthusiasts.
Midrange power flows facilitate a 2.0-liter turbo engine in its sweet spot. The 0-60 mph time is 5.4 seconds faster than most competitors but requires a fast and revolutionary launch technique.
WRX stops from 60 mph in 110 feet, typical for compact sports with performance tires. The brakes show good resistance to fading, but the pedal response is unusual.
The steering feels immediate with plenty of feedback, one of the better electrical help systems out there. The response and feel of midcorner is impressive. Not hyper or fidgety on the highway.
The grip is really impressive (0.94g in skidpad), allowing a fast lane on our mountain test track. All-wheel drive makes the car not stacked as hard as anything you push.
Heavy clutches become exhausting in traffic, and the point of engagement can be tricky. Throttle causes a jolt in certain situations. Not the easiest car to drive smoothly when equipped with manual transmission.
We did not take WRX off-road for testing, but the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system has rally racing technology for years behind it. Not high enough for a movement like a Jeep, but more than capable on the ground
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