Why should I want it?
It’s a dying breed, literally, because Subaru has just announced a WRX Final Edition to see off the car from its range. The rally-bred turbocharged saloon Impreza and its Mitsubishi Evo contemporary were big in the early-mid 2000s before emissions and insurance issues helped speed their demise. But it’s a 300hp practical four-wheel drive performance saloon, which is something that should and will still appeal to some.
Why can’t I have it?
Emissions are off the scale, with the turbocharged 2.5-litre engine offering figures of 242g/km – more than a Range Rover – and less than 30mpg. For more than £30,000, the interior is a let-down from a quality point of view, and the huge rear spoiler doesn’t exactly portray sophistication. Likewise the gruff noise on start-up.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
At its most basic level, it’s a Japanese saloon car, so
is a four-seater with a reputation for reliability. And the 460-litre boot also makes an argument for practicality. A residual value of almost 40% is also pretty impressive.
A More sensible alternative
If sensible and practical performance is the goal, with a car that looks the part without shouting about it, then a Skoda Octavia vRS diesel offers emissions at less than half those of the Impreza. It will still break eight seconds from 0-62mph and is also available with four-wheel drive if that’s an issue. The vRS can also be bought as an estate model.
|Performance:||5.2 seconds / 159mph|