2018 Subaru WRX

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2018 Subaru WRX Interior Review

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Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Subaru WRX – like previous WRX models – is focused on the driver. The cabin features soft-touch materials, though class rivals have nicer interiors, and the design concentrates on function instead of form. Both rows of seats are supportive and comfortable, and the infotainment system is intuitive. However, the WRX has a smaller trunk than many competitors.

  • Approaches level of the VW GTI and Ford Focus ST (although still falls short). Soft-touch materials, no flimsy bits and the switchgear feels nice to use. Rivals cost less and give you more, but if you prioritize performance over equipment, the WRX represents excellent value." -- Edmunds
  • There's nothing glamorous about the WRX's design but there's also nothing cheap. Everything feels purposeful and thought out, creating an overall package that conveys a simple message: this is a car for drivers." -- New York Daily News
  • "Although Subaru says the interior has been improved, it's still not likely to impress anyone. The doors feel light and close with an unsubstantial hollow sound. The dash and door panels are soft enough, and the red stitching used throughout the cabin is nice, but many of the plastics look and feel low-rent. I like the machining on the aluminum radio volume and tuning knobs, but they don't offer much grip, so I found myself rotating my fingers around the knob until I found enough friction to actually turn it." -- Motor Trend

Seating

This Subaru seats five people. Cloth upholstery and front sport seats with plenty of side bolstering are standard. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and Recaro sport seats are available.

The front seats are comfortable and have enough support for long drives. Driver visibility is outstanding. The rear seats are roomy and comfortable too, and taller adults will have enough head- and legroom, even if a tall person is riding up front.

The WRX features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify. The lower anchors are set a little deep in the seat but are otherwise usable.

  • "For 2018 Subaru has upgraded the WRX's interior materials and added insulation and thicker side glass to keep more noise out. The optional heated Recaro sport seats are comfortable and hold you in place during hard cornering, but their bolsters aren't overly aggressive. Visibility is excellent and it's fun to look out over the sedan's big hood scoop." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A 6-foot-tall rear passenger can sit behind a 6-foot driver. The driver's seat offers more adjustment, and therefore room, than expected of a compact car. Headroom may be tight for those with long torsos." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear passengers get treated to Ultrasuede upholstery as well and, as far as sporty sedans go, few offer a more spacious backseat than the WRX. At one point during my time with WRX, I had two adult passengers on the backbench-both women of above average height-and they reported plenty of legroom and no discomfort during the hour they were back there." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard features in the WRX include single-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system (StarLink), and a rearview camera.

Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, two USB ports, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and an upgraded 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and Subaru's Starlink Safety and Security telematics system.

The StarLink infotainment system hits all the notes you want from such technology, and it has easy-to-use menus and controls. However, the display and graphics aren't as up to date as rivals’ systems. The available telematics system is handy if you ever need roadside assistance, and it lets you find your car and lock or unlock your doors from your smartphone.

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  • "All the controls are simple, well placed and attractive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Subaru's Starlink interface has all the amenities of a modern infotainment system: Bluetooth connectivity, an XM radio receiver, apps that stream music and find nearby attractions, connective software for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and so on. A voice-activated navigation system is available in the WRX Limited but other apps can be used to display on-screen directions in lower trim packages, you just have to punch the address in manually. Graphically, the operating system looks a bit dated compared to FCA's Uconnect system, GM's SmartLink and HondaLink, but it gets the job done." -- New York Daily News
  • "Interior design and layout are basic, with simple and easy-to-use controls, but not much in the way of frills." -- Edmunds (2017)

Cargo

The WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit less than most small cars provide. And unlike many class rivals, the WRX doesn’t offer a hatchback body style with increased cargo capacity. On the bright side, the WRX’s trunk opening is wide, making it easy to load items. Split-folding rear seats are standard as well, so you can fold them down for additional space.

  • "The WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. This is below average for a small sedan. Also, most of the WRX's rivals are offered as more versatile hatchbacks (the GTI can hold up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo behind its rear seats, for instance)." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • Although undeniably not as practical as its five-door hatchback predecessor, the WRX boasts 12 cubic feet of trunk space with five occupants on board. The rear seats fold down 60/40 in order to free up extra trunk space." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "… the roomy trunk provides plenty of space for cargo." -- MSN Autos (2015)
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