2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan

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$36,595 - $41,395

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2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: October 31, 2019


Subaru devised a versatile sedan that you could race on the tarmac, maneuver on gravel and slide on the ice. They named it the WRX and enhanced its capabilities in the STI garage. It looks like a decent kid from high school but becomes a devil on the road. The driving dynamics will make you an adrenaline junkie. However, the substandard practicality limits its scope.

Starting from the base price of $36,595 the WRX STI is available in 2 trim levels. Subie gave a mono-chromic Turbo 2.5L Boxer-4 engine mated to a 6-speed stick shift transmission. The most potent engine in the segment has all the means at its disposal to dominate any car it duels with.

Speaking of competition, the other cars in the lot, are more inclined towards practicality and economy. Compact sedans and hot hatches like the Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Golf R, and Audi S3 are all set the take on the WRX STI.

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Pros

Terrific ride and handling

Staple All-wheel-drive in all trims

Enriched list of safety features

Cons

Subpar cargo volume

Below average interior quality

Poor fuel economy

The stiff suspension can hinder ride quality in daily commutes

What's New?

Engine tuned cranks out 5 more ponies

Updated infotainment

More safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36595

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

290 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.2/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3448 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/22 mpg

highway range

349.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan in Cool Gray Khaki color  2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan in Crystal Black Silica color  2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan in Ice Silver Metallic color  2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan in Pure Red color
Cool Gray Khaki

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan STI

STI

power
310 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$36,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $36,595 MSRP (17/19/22) 310 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $36,595 MSRP (17/19/22) 310 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan STI Limited

STI Limited

power
310 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$41,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $41,395 MSRP (17/19/22) 310 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $41,395 MSRP (17/19/22) 310 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Powered by the most potent engine in the segment, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI has the means to dominate any car it duels with. Other than that, they pack more technology and safety in this year’s WRX. Subie gave a mono-chromic Turbo 2.5L Boxer-4 engine mated to a 6-speed stick shift transmission. Let's take a deeper dive into the versatile world of the WRX STI. Shall we?

2019 Subaru WRX STI Angular Front View
2019 Subaru WRX STI Angular Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Features

8.0/10

The WRX has an iconic lineage in the rally racing world and adding an STI next to it further spices up the experience. You can say the WRX STI is a WRX on steroids. You have two trims in the STI line up, a normal WRX STI and WRX STI Limited. Both trims share the same powertrain. The STI models receive a rather superior standard feature setup than the usual Subaru. The price starts at $36,595 to $41,395 with additional safety, driver, and convenience features filling in the gap.

Trim

WRX STI

WRX STI Limited

MSRP

$36,595

$41,395

Key Features

Symmetrical AWD with Driver Controlled Center Differential

Leather-trimmed upholstery

 

Track-tuned suspension

Recaro performance seating

 

310-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine

Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

 

Six-piston Brembo high-performance braking system

GPS navigation system

 

Available Recaro performance seating

Power-tilt/sliding moonroof

 

SI-DRIVE

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

We Recommend

The Standard STI variant is quite impressive on its own, plus the price difference to get the STI perks is a significant amount. Thus, we recommend the Standard STI variant as the driving dynamics remain the same in both the trims. 

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Engine and Performance

“The 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI trade eye-catching design for breathtaking performance on a variety of road surfaces”- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The STI’s capability of building engines is not something to meddle with. They have proved their might many times before. Since this one comes from the same factory sparks high hopes for the 2019 WRX STI. If you had ever had the luck to get your hands on a WRX then you must have experienced the punchy engine and the detonating exhaust note. This year STI tampered with the 2.5L Turbo Boxer-4 engine to muster 5 more ponies. The engine is backed by a 6-speed manual, establishing it’s a car for purists. This power station pumps out 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Subaru WRX STI 2.5L, 4 Cylinder Boxer Engine

The STI equips a free-flow exhaust system to refine the humming music. Away from the usual, a low-ratio 6-speed transmission takes the stage by providing short-throw shifts. The clutch is fairly predictable and apt for a compact sport. The seamless power delivery is impressive, the car seems eager to jump with every push of the pedal.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

MSRP

$36,595

$35,700

$27,595

$40,395

 

Engine

2.5L Boxer 4

2.0L

2.0L, Turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

Transmission

6-speed manual

6 Speed manual

6-speed manual/6-speed dual-clutch

7-speed dual clutch automatic

S Tronic 7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

310hp @6000 rpm

306hp@6500rpm

228 hp @ 4700 rpm

288hp@ 5400 rpm

292 @ 5400

Torque

290 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

295 lb-ft @2500 rpm

258 lb-ft. @ 1500 rpm

280 lb-ft.. @ 1800 rpm

280 lb.-ft @ 1900 rpm

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the most competitively priced car in the segment, however, it is backed with less horsepower. Subaru boasts its high power while the Type R is not far behind. For the price Type R is a better choice. While the Golf R is offered on a hefty price with low power output.

Acceleration

You might not be flattered with the on-page power but the torquey boxer engine is an exemplar of greatness you are about to uncover. Performance is one of WRX’s born talents. Initial acceleration is graceful and decent traction makes things better. Floor the car from a standstill and it will show you a tire-smoking performance. You will attain a 60 MPH acceleration in 5.7 seconds time. In the quarter-mile, this rally racer gets to the chequered flag in 14.1 seconds.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

0-60 MPH

5.7 sec

5 sec

6.0 sec*

4.6

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

14.1 sec @ 98mph

13.7 sec

14.5 sec*

13.4

13.3 sec @ 104 mph

Engine

2.5 Liters

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

6.5

     

All vehicular senses are heightened on the Subaru but it's not the quickest car in the lot. The Type R and the Golf R are quicker than the Subaru.

Ride and Handling

Subaru owns the bragging rights for crafting a rally wrecking machine. Drive through mud, dirt, gravel or snow, the sedan finds a way to hold its own. Behind the tri-spoke steering, the WRX feels nice and composed, there is a great deal of road communication with good central control. You will exactly know what your car is doing beneath you. The traction control is excellent, it feels like the car is glued to the road, extra marks for Subaru superior traction control and torque vectoring system. Taking corners on the WRX is possibly the most fun you will have in a Subaru.

The clutch feels weighted which is a good thing on the highway but is troublesome for the city’s traffic. At times the power delivery becomes too excited resulting in a neck-snaking effect. The standard AWD keeps the WRX planted which is a good off-roading virtue. However, the low ground clearance keeps you from climbing mountains on the WRX. The STI sport-tuned suspension is more aggressive. While the normal WRX suspension is great and takes rough pavements with ease, the STI’s overdamped suspension does a poor job of insolating the cabin from shocks.

Braking

The grippy performance tires contribute to the braking as much it does for the handling. Also, you get a 13-inch front and 12.2 inch rear brakes. The STI is equipped with 6-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes. The brakes have a good bite and pedal is well-composed, optimum for a sports compact. Subaru fight fade during the panic brake test. Speaking of which, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI took 156feet to halt form the speed of 70 mph.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

Brake Front (in.)

13

13.8

13.4

13.4

13.4

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12

12.2

12.2

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3391

3117

3062

3300

3462

70-0 MPH (ft.)

*156

99

174

159

153

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Fuel Economy

Keep it simple and drive within the speed limits, even then the WRX will be a constant at the nearby gas station. Its ergonomic numbers taint the WRX as the least fuel-efficient car in the competition. In the city, you get a 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway mileage. The 19 mpg combined mileage approves the fact that performance comes at a cost. To burn up another hole in your pocket the WRX only runs on premium fuel.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

MPG (city)

17

22

24

21

22

MPG (highway)

22

28

32

29

28

MPG (combined)

19

25

27

24

25

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Interior

8.5/10

“What the WRX lacks in good looks, it makes up for in usefulness. The WRX's spacious cabin is simple to use and offers good visibility. It would be even better if offered as a hatchback like competitors, but even as a sedan it's hard to beat”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Interior is more functional than being elegant, you won’t find the hyper-styled elements like on the Type R and Golf but once you get the taste of Subaru you won't need them. The cabin is roomy and easily accommodate 5 passengers. The visibility is decent, you get a good view of the hood and the road. The cabin is well insulated from the outside world due to thick window glass and better insulating materials used. The interior quality feels average when compared with the Type-R but you got to compromise somewhere.

Models

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Hyundai Veloster N

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

5

Front Headroom (in)

36.5

39.3

39.8

38

38.4

Shoulder room (in)

56.9

55.6

56

55.9

54.8

Legroom (in)

42.3

43.3

41.2

41.2

41.2

Rear Headroom (in)

36.1

37.4

37.1

38

38.1

Shoulder room (in)

55

54.2

54

53.9

53

Legroom (in)

35.9

35.4

35.6

35.6

35.1

The WRX is a kind of car you can drive all day and in the off time, it’s comfortable enough to get a nice nap. The high roofline gives nice headroom space 39 inches for the front and 37 for the rear. There is enough legroom for comfortably seating two 6 footers in the same line. You get an option for Recaro performance seats. To further enhance the experience you have the optional 8-way power-adjustable seats which are standard for the STI Limited trim. Both trims with heated front seats and leather/ultra-suede leather upholstery.

Infotainment

You get a standard 7-inch infotainment screen with Subaru’s standard set of multimedia features called the Starlink. The infotainment system is intuitive and responsive with no confusing features. More points for Subaru’s active phone integration like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, you get the Aha music app and Pandora connectivity.

Cargo volume

The subpar cargo space may break your ambitions to make WRX a family sedan. The 12 cubic feet is a disappointment given that it’s a sedan. The rival hatches like the Type R deliver more than double of what you get on the WRX. The cabin utility is average to you have a small glove box and an armrest. The side pockets and a center stack bins sum up the utility story.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

12

26

17.4

22.8

10

Interior Features

  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Climate Control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Exterior

“The 2019 Subaru WRX doesn’t attract a lot of attention—at least as long as the WRX STI’s huge rear wing isn’t attached to its trunk lid”- The Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

“Don’t judge a book by its cover”- the notion is highly true for the WRX STI. Subaru’s design is identical to its last year’s iteration. Larger fender flares, working hood scoop, and an available rear wing spoiler. By the looks of it, WRX looks like an everyday sedan and an altered version of the Impreza. While the normal WRX features 17-inch alloy wheels you get a 19-inch for the STI along with more traces of STI touches. The huge rare spoiler is attractive for some and spoilage for others. Subaru gave an option for a low-profile truck spoiler.

Models

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi S3

Curb weight (lbs.)

3391

3117

3062

3300

3462

Length(in)

180.9

179.4

168.0

168.4

175.8

Width(in)

70.7

73.9

70.8

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

58.1

56.5

57.8

56.5

54.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

5.1

5.1

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

106.3

103.6

103.5

103.6

Track width (in) F/R

60.2/60.2

63/62.7

60.6/59.7

60.7/59.7

61.1/60.1

Simplicity over substance- the WRX is true to its sport compact mold. Right from the front grill to the rear spoiler Subaru is 180.9 inches long. The cabin is spacious and offers a generous space for 5, the width is rated at 70.7 inches and height 58.1 inches. It’s not particularly a drop dead gorgeous but a more sophisticated version of its flamboyant handling prowess. The 4.9-inch ground clearance is competitive competes for rally racing demeanor. The wheelbase is 104 inches equivalent to the competitors and well-suited for a track car.

Exterior Features

  • Door Edge Guard WR Blue
  • Body Side Molding Kit Pure Red
  • Door Edge Guard Dark Gray
  • Body Side Molding Kit Dark Gray Metallic
  • STI Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim
  • Thule Crossbar Set
  • Body Side Molding Kit Crystal Black Silica
  • Door Edge Guard Ice Silver Metallic
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Vortex Generator

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Safety

Though the WRX is yet to be crash tested on the US soil, Subaru backed the STI with all the safety features present in their warehouse. There is not much changed since 2018, IIHS rated the WRX as a Top Safety Pick +. There is a heavy standard feature list including features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision-avoidance, active lane control and more. The STI Limited adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert to the already promising safety suit.

  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Competition

Honda Civic Type R vs Subaru WRX STI

Subaru’s superior ride quality gives it an edge but you won’t buy a sedan just for hugging corners and making donuts. At the end of the day, you will need a practical sedan, this is where Honda plays its game. The Type R is flashy, lively, and practical despite being a hatch. Everything that can give WRX a low blow. The cargo space on the Type R is more than twice than that of the Subie. Comparing mileage, Honda far exceeds its Japanese rival on this.

After establishing superiority in the majority of the section then comes the lower price tag which makes your choice clear. The ones looking for a daily driver are better off with the Type R.

Volkswagen Golf R vs Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen comes up with a sporty package of power and performance in form of the Golf R. Though the Subaru’s better handling and off-road capabilities make it a strong contender but it can’t escape the miniature trunk and poor economy. The interior quality on the Subaru is adequate, but adequate is not what brings customers, the Golf R features a plush interior with upscale quality which does the job.

However, the price is something which can change choices and you need to pay an additional 4 grad for the Golf, but since it’s a more sensible choice the WRX is worth the money.

Audi S3 vs Subaru WRX STI

Audi works wonder with its sedan and the S3 is no different. A more pumped version of the A3, the S3 harbors a strong engine, feature an upscale interior, and a jolly ride. Pitting it with WRX won't do much good as the S3 suffers from similar utility bondage. Though the condition with the S3 is worst with its cramped legroom. However, it delivers more economy and would win in a drag.

Going back a few paragraphs, the price is a crucial aspect and the S3 is way too overpriced. It hardly delivers the same as the rivals in terms of power and performance. Hence, the WRX STI wins this rally race.

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan Final Verdict

Prioritizing performance over everything else is Subaru’s mantra for the WRX STI. They haven’t tampered with this as for why change the winning formula! Being one of the most powerful compact sport, the WRX can punch its way out of any train as it has a standard AWD mode. Being a stick shift it symbolizes Suabru’s enthusiast target audience. Well here is where all the good things hit a rock bottom. The WRX risked practicality too much for its rollercoaster ride quality. Being a sedan it doesn’t have cargo and fuel economy which makes it unfit as a workaday sedan.

Considering the price front, the WRX STI is built to endure rally tracks and doing burnout like Baby Driver, looking for sense with the STI would lead to disappointment.