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Impreza WRX and STI Buying Guide: Interior

Famously plasticky but functional and enlivened by STI trimmings

By Alisdairsuttie / Monday, November 23, 2015

Subaru made more of an effort with the interior of the second generation Impreza, so it was a little less function over form. However, compared to many similarly priced options when it was new, the WRX can look a touch plasticky and drab. That's not to say it isn't hard wearing and very comfortable for most drivers.

The driving position is ideal for anyone up to six feet tall, though taller drivers may find the seat does not slide back far enough. As for the sport seats in the front, they offer excellent support without pinching on longer journeys and several PHers report the WRX is ideal for continental trips. The standard cloth trim wears well, even if it doesn't lend the cabin much visual appeal. Subaru offered the option to upgrade to leather with the SL version that also included a factory-fit sunroof. STI models have their own style of front sports seat and UK cars have Alcantara upholstery.

The earlier dash style was improved in 2005 with a cleaner design with a more integrated centre console. This was introduced ahead of the 2006 facelift, so some Blobeye cars from 2005 have this improved dash.

All UK market WRXs have air conditioning, electric front windows, driver's airbag and stereo with CD player as standard. Not much goes wrong with the cabin of the WRX, so just look out for obvious signs of wear that don't tally with the mileage. With the Sport Wagon, check the boot sill for scuff marks as plenty will have been used to transport mountain bikes, dogs and other 'lifestyle' paraphernalia as the estate boot may not be huge but it's a practical shape and the rear seats fold flat for more space.

PHer's view:
"Loved both wagons for their ability to fit a mountain bike or two in although the boot is definitely not the biggest and car was quite narrow."
Grant Friend

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