Having to choose between the Subaru WRX and WRX STI is a win-win. Both have great features and they don’t skimp on style either. See what suits your lifestyle best and make sure you get your money’s worth when you make that purchase.
Engine and Body
The WRX comes with an FA20 twin scroll turbocharger 2.0-litre engine and has a horsepower of 268 and 258 lb.-ft torque. It has a five-speed gearbox and at 2000 rpm, it can reach its peak torque. It has less turbo lag which makes it ideal for driving around the city. Although rev hang is experienced and drivers have to wait for the throttle to drop, the compression ratio of this car is pretty high, same with its boost levels. It comes with a rear lip spoiler and 18” alloy wheels finished in black.
The WRX STI is heavier than the WRX. It gets a 2.5 litre four cylinder boxer engine that is turbocharged with direct fuel injection and has a horsepower of 305 and 209 lb.-ft torque. It has a six-speed transmission and no rev hang is experienced with this car and the throttle drops faster after pressing the clutch. Peak torque is achieved at 4000 rpm and it has better acceleration. A unit with a pedestal or a lip spoiler can be ordered. It’s alloy wheels are 18” finished in dark silver.
Taking it to the track would be fun because it has a rigid chassis, and spring and shocks that are stiffer than the WRX. Not to mention, it’s got wider tires, a larger engine and if you’re into modification, this car would be an excellent choice.
The ANCAP safety rating gave 5 stars for both cars. These have the impressive SRS airbags (dual front, dual-front side, and curtain) that give protection all around. The Symmetrical All Wheel Drive (SAWD), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Active Torque Vectoring system (ATV) are all included in both units.
The limited slip differentials front and back and a driver controlled centre would keep the WRX STI glued to the road during rainy days and when it hits the track. Though the WRX does not come with that, it has the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) which is a big help when driving on slick roads. It has a decent grip level and a wide steering ratio.
Fuel Economy and Price
It’s hard to ignore a car’s fuel economy especially when leaving less of a carbon footprint is always encouraged. That said, the WRX is lighter by nearly 100 lb and more fuel efficient than the WRX STI.
The WRX is easier on the wallet and would be perfect for city driving. Ample safety features are also fitted in the car. But to those looking for off road fun and the latest technology and modifications for their ride, shelling out more for the WRX STI would satisfy their cravings.
Made Your Decision?
If you’ve got your heart set on either the WRX or WRX STI make sure you come to Finance Ezi for your financing needs – we’ll make the process easy for you and get you driving in luxury fast. Apply online today or call us on 1300 003 003.
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