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2016 Subaru WRX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Subaru WRX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2016 Subaru WRX has unimpressive interior materials and styling, critics say, especially compared with those of the Volkswagen GTI. Some auto writers think the WRX lets in too much road and wind noise. The WRX also has less cargo space than most rivals, especially rival sporty hatchbacks. However, critics note that the WRX's dashboard controls are simple and easy to use, and they appreciate its supportive front seats and comfortable rear seats.

  • "Unhappily, though, the WRX interior appointments and design remain pretty middle-of-the-pack, and the cabin isn't as insulated against high-speed wind and road noise as much as we'd like." -- Edmunds
  • Door plastics are just fair, and there's a new faux carbon fiber look to the center stack and dash trim. All in all, the interior isn't anything special, but it's organized neatly." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • The interior follows the same WRX formula as it always has. Great steering wheel, great seats, pretty bland everything else." -- Jalopnik (2015)
  • "There are soft-touch plastics throughout, but they possess a sheen that won't win over parishioners of the church of the VW GTI." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Subaru WRX seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats. According to critics, the WRX has exceptionally comfortable front seats that hold you in place during cornering. You get a clear all-around view of the road in the WRX, reviewers say, thanks to thin roof pillars and big side mirrors. Test drivers add that the WRX's rear seats can comfortably accommodate adults.

  • "The WRX is a driver's car and the driving position is spot on, as are the firm, nicely bolstered sport seats. Thin roof pillars provide for excellent outward visibility, and large side mirrors make it easy to monitor conditions to the side and rear." -- Edmunds
  • "As for functionality, remember that the Subaru WRX is based on the Impreza, giving you a comfortable rear seat, even for adults, and a trunk that offers nearly twice as much space as the Lancer Evo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Automatic climate control is standard, as are all-day comfortable cloth sport seats. We found it easy to find a good driving position, and outward visibility is excellent for a modern car, which is a pleasant surprise." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Seats are comfortable, offering great lateral support in corners without causing occupants to feel squeezed. After driving more than 200 miles in the new WRX - and much of that on fairly rough roads - we vacated the car feeling as if we could have easily gone another 200 miles." -- MSN Autos (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Subaru WRX include automatic climate control, a rearview camera and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system, which is new for 2016 and features a 6.2-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and a six-speaker sound system. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start and an upgraded Starlink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. For 2016, the Subaru WRX is available with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system, which uses cameras for adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking and lane departure warning. EyeSight is only available in models with an automatic transmission. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also newly available for 2016.

Test drivers agree that what the WRX's cabin lacks in flash it makes up for in ease-of-use. They write that the controls on the dashboard are straightforward and user-friendly, making it easy to focus on the performance aspects of the car.

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  • "WRX interiors typically have taken a backseat to performance, and that's the case with the 2016 WRX. What you get is a pretty basic design and layout, but with simple and easy-to-use controls." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything is easy to operate, correctly putting function over form." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The nice thing is, none of the tech going on in front of you or underneath you makes any effort to call attention to itself. The WRX just goes; it's aim-and-squirt. Train the car on a given point and you'll get there." -- AutoWeek (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Subaru WRX has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than what other small sedans offer. The WRX comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which expands the cargo area. Though many critics are satisfied with the cargo space in the WRX, they note that hatchback rivals, such as the Ford Focus ST, are roomier. Others point out that many rival sport sedans, like the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, have more space as well.

  • "Seating is pretty roomy, as is the trunk, and while hatchbacks still have an edge, cargo space (12 cubic feet) is further helped by the fold-down rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds
  • "Fitting two adults in the rear seat would be fine, and the roomy trunk provides plenty of space for cargo." -- MSN Autos (2015)
  • "The trunk measures 12 cubic feet. That's up from the last WRX's 11.3 cubic feet, but it's still tight for a compact sedan - a Volkswagen Jetta GLI, for example, has 15.5 cubic feet." -- Cars.com (2015)

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