New WRX aims for a broader market

We drive the new WRX on a road test review

WRX – The image of previous Subaru WRXs has, to a considerable extent, been associated with the “boy racer” image with a very good bang-for-your-buck performance car for the younger drivers. Some thought it gave the WRX an immature image.

2022 Subaru WRX - TS Sportswagon. Subaru hopes that the just release new model with sedan and wagon options will appeal to a broader range of customers.

The sedan, especially as the only model with the manual gearbox option, still has a punch-in-the-back feeling, but with a CVT automatic and with the wagon version the WRX has moved into a more mature part of the market.

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2022 Subaru WRX - GT Sportswagon.

Amanda Leaney, Subaru Australia’s General Manager of Marketing said

Whilst purchasing ownership is still the lion’s share, we need to think about things like leasing and subscription and renting and sharing because that’s how people are.

Living their life, you know, your technology and the way people consume other products. In the market it is something we need to learn from and need to provide for.

Before on-road costs, sedans are priced between $44,990 and $56,990 while the Wagon, which is only available with the CVT automatic, is priced between $49,990 and $57,990.

2022 Subaru WRX - TS sedan.

Subaru has emphasised the improvement in its handling. To test it for the performance lover, Subaru gave us the opportunity to drive it around the Winton Racetrack. It is certainly more predictable and grips incredibly well so you can concentrate on picking the line of a corner without too much fear of the car letting go.

But apart from the track, the sure footedness was a comfort when driving through the twisting sections on secondary roads in the highlands of Victoria. From a fleet safety point of view, it means that if you do misjudge a situation, it is likely to help you cope. It would take extremely aggressive driving to try and find its limit.

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2022 Subaru WRX - RS sedan.

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2022 Subaru WRX AWD 2.4l turbo engine

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Subaru WRX tS Sportswagon

Model Price From $37,990 MLP*
Engine 2.4L 4 Cyl Boxer Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain AWD 8 speed Lineartronic Sports Performance
Power 202kW at 5,600rpm
Torque 350 Nm @ 2,000 – 5,200rpm
Safety TBA
CO2 Emissions TBA
Economy ADR 8.5 L/100km  – 9.1L/100km over our test / 63L tank
Servicing 12Mth/15,000km Capped Price 5 years/75,000km
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges).

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto