Prior to purchasing this car I test drove the new GTI, Speed-3, and the Mini Clubman S. However one drive int he Subaru WRX and the decision was easy. The Subie impressed me right away with it's combination of incredible power and AWD grip. The interior is well done too. The sport seats are perfect and the cockpit looks awesome with the glowing red gauges and white needles that sweep upon start up. The engine revs very smooth and transmits little to no vibration at idle. The steering communicates good feedback with the road and offers a very tight turn radius. In the back the 19 cubic feet of cargo area allow for this car to be both a utility vehicle and a weekend toy.
265 hp Turbo power, AWD, great interior layout, exterior design of 5- door is both functional and looks good, build quality. Finally rolling past the 1000 mile engine break in mark and dipping into the upper rpm range is priceless.
Child seat rear anchors should located on the back of the rear seats to save cargo space (not trunk floor near opening), base stereo is pretty bad, change front visor design to allow for extension to block out the sun at the b-pillar, make short throw shifter and fog lights standard on the base WRX.