Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 25 Apr 2019

You’ll always hear Subaru fans ranting and raving about the letters WRX. It is these three letters when strung together that evoke a sense of power, performance, passion and bringing the spirit of rally to the road. Meet the modern-day WRX. Meet the essence of the modern day Subaru.

Quick Facts:

  • Price: R638 000 (Apr 2019)
  • Engine: 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged Boxer
  • Power/Torque: 197 kW @ 5 600 rpm / 350 Nm @ 2400 – 5 200 rpm
  • Transmission: CVT
  • 0-100 kph: 6.3 seconds
  • Top Speed: 240 kph
  • Boot Space: 460-litres

Essence of WRX

When I think WRX, the image conjured up in my mind is one of a large wing at the rear, large pronounced alloy wheels, quad tailpipes and a lot of noise. I’m glad to report that the modern-day WRX features these elements in a practical way as it always has, but includes a dollop of extra safety and technology as we have come to see with the likes of all the modern-day Subaru models.

3Systems such as Subaru’s award-winning Eyesight technology are present on the modern day WRX. This means that the vehicle anticipates possible obstacles and collisions with its own set of eye’s, even before you often can. Every imaginable safety system couples with what is uber practical with the modern day WRX featuring a very spacious interior, a large 460-litres of luggage loading capacity and media delivered in a simple yet functional manner through the Subaru multimedia touchscreen 7-inch central display.

Power of WRX

The heartbeat of a performance car always comes in the way of its engine. The Subaru WRX features a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged Boxer motor with a very healthy 197 kW and 350 Nm of torque. The result of all this power is a blend of sheer performance and a beautiful engine burble.

1All the power of the modern day WRX is pushed through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), one which I might add, is one of the best CVT’s which I have ever experienced.

Apart from the power, The WRX’s suspension and electric power steering characteristics have been enhanced for this updated version of the vehicle, this leads to a vehicle which is comfortable and cushioning when commuting on a daily run, and, offers exceptional grip on the twisties.

2The WRX can be on the thirsty side when it comes to fuel economy, but I guess this is what you are in for with most performance-based cruisers. During my week of testing, I was averaging 11.5-litres/100 km over mixed usage.

SA Pricing & Conclusion

Subaru has always made and continues to build performance vehicles. Blending modern-day technology, safety and family practicality with performance, the WRX is the brand’s answer to the sensible family man with fun running through his bloodlines, and I can tell you that it is absolutely electrifying.

The Subaru WRX ES Premium CVT is priced from R638 000 while the manual WRX Premium is priced from R588 000. It’s also backed by a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 3-year/75 000 km maintenance plan. 

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