The STI’s price tag of just under £30k should be low enough to make British enthusiasts look again at buying one. Although, the Golf R, Focus RS, Mustang and Civic Type R are in close attendance.

Subaru is offering plenty of car and plenty of power for the money, and while servicing costs may not be as cheap as those of some European performance options, residual values should be pleasantly surprising.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
If you don't opt for your WRX STI in WR Blue, you probably need to have a quiet word with yourself

Insurance won’t be quite so pleasant, though, but insuring a fast Subaru has never been cheap. The STI has been classed 11 groups higher than a Golf R.

Fuel economy isn’t as bad as you might think. On a touring run, the car will return better than 30mpg, but that will sink to single figures on a track – a situation caused, we suspect, by the engine’s tendency to run hot when exercised and to inject excess fuel to cool itself down.

The WRX STI's residual values are quietly impressive too, and not far off a Volkswagen Golf R.

Only one trim level is offered, so it's just a case of choosing your desired paint finish.

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