2006 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.5 turbo from Taiwan
Like DC2 to DC5, The Wrx is an evolved package
Nothing major so far. Only few little things such as slightly fogged up rear light clusters after car wash and hard to pull boot release.
This car is about abundant overtaking ability with cornering security of 4WD in adverse weather. The power comes in a linear and gradual fashion with a bit more go down low than the previous 2.0. The joy to bury the right foot also pays accordingly at the pumps (11~12L/100km in normal mix driving)
Ride is a good compromise for everyday use. There is no mistake of the intended sport nature, but the suspension has the depth to deal with the typical roads instead of letting your body do the work. If you want to do tracks look for a STi.
The wrx seats looks nice at first, but are not comfortable to sit in for extended period of driving nor as grippy as they may seem. They also eat away the minimal leg room of the backside that is well known with the impreza. The leather pack raises the ambiance of the interior, but creases easily. Fit and finish are solid with occasional odd creaks, tyre (RE50) and road noise are on the high side.
All instruments are easy to read and operate. Air conditioning sometimes can be a bit slow to react. The manual shifts cleanly with short travel and good mechanical feel, teamed up with the grabby clutch for quick getaway.
Major complaint that I have with this car is the paint durability. They not only chip very easily, but also have very poor protection against dropping. It only takes an hour or two to have the stains permanently marked. The other small complaint is the transmission/differential whine during deceleration in lower gears.
Overall this is a car clearly made for driving enjoyment while looking after the basic needs of comfort. Recommended to own one at least once to understand the cult.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2007