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Subaru WRX Premium Sedan (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2011

Retaining a starting price of $39,990, the new MY2011 WRX is still a bang-for-your-buck hero.
The higher priced Premium’s extras include sunroof, leather trim and navigation system.

WRX’s boxer engine now features the STi’s quad-pipe exhaust system and pumps out lashings of turbo-fed torque for brisk acceleration. Our test car had an annoying ‘boom’ from the exhaust with the engine transitioning the 1400-1600 rpm range.

Surprisingly, there’s still no six-speed manual box. The five-speed manual does an acceptable job, though the throws are a touch long for such a sporty offering. ‘Good grip’, ‘sharp accurate steering’, ‘flat cornering stance’ and ‘a lively chassis’ are among our test notes on its handling.
Subaru WRX Premium Sedan 2011


Handling and performance


No six-speed manual

Key features

Air conditioning, sunroof, multi information system with touch screen, sat nav and CD/DVD, leather trim, Torsen rear LSD, 17 alloys, Datadots, privacy glass, bluetooth


Six airbags including curtain, DSC, TC, ABS, EBD, BA, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, hill-start assist

Car Details

Vehicle make Subaru
Vehicle model WRX Premium Sedan
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2011
Price when new $43,550 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.5-litre, turbo intercooled boxer, 4-cyl petrol

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.