227bhp turbocharged tearaway looks like it could be a bit of a bargain
7 September 2007

It’s been hard being a Subaru Impreza WRX fan over the past few months. First the new car wasn’t quite the vision we had in mind, then we were told we wouldn’t be getting the turbocharged 2.5-litre WRX version of the car in the UK, just the STi version. Then Subaru relented and said it would be bringing the car to us Brits after all.And now there’s some rather good news, because Subaru’s just announced that the new WRX will in fact cost £1102 less than the old car, at £19,995 on the road.That makes the new Scooby especially good value, especially given the high standard specification.The 227bhp WRX comes with all-wheel drive, 17-inch alloys, climate-control, a 10-speaker, six-disc CD stereo, xenon headlamps and front, side and curtain airbags.The new WRX also comes pretty high up in the power-per-pound stakes. The £20,607 VW Golf GTi packs only 197bhp, and while the 237bhp, £19,185 Vauxhall Astra VXR; 237bhp £19,695 Seat Leon Cupra and 256bhp £18,995 Mazda 3 MPS all pack more power, they are also all front-wheel drive only.The Scooby is also every bit as quick as its rivals: 0-60mph takes 6.1seconds. You’ll still need to be quick to get one, too; only 1000 WRXs will make it to the UK, just 300 of them in 2007. The pumped-up 300bhp STi version – which will also have a much more pumped-up look – arrives in spring 2008.

Our Verdict

Subaru Impreza

It may not be an obvious choice for most buyers, but this four-wheel-drive, sub-£20k hatch does have merit

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