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2020 Subaru WRX Interior Review


Interior: 6.2

The 2020 Subaru WRX feels a step behind many of its classmates when it comes to interior quality. The cabin is functional, but it's not stylish. And while there are some soft-touch materials, there are also plenty of hard plastics. Cargo space is subpar for the compact car class, but there's ample passenger room in both rows. The infotainment system is user-friendly, and many driver assistance features are available.

  • We can overlook the noise and hard plastic bits inside the WRX's cockpit. We can even avert our eyes when it comes to the WRX's frenetic styling." -- Autotrader
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)


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

The seats in the WRX provide plenty of support, even on longer drives. Both rows have a good amount of head- and legroom, and adults can ride comfortably in the back, even with a taller person sitting up front.

For securing child safety seats, the WRX features two full sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are set a little deep in the seat.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the WRX include automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and the StarLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an upgraded StarLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and navigation.

The WRX's infotainment system works well. The interface is intuitive, and the touch screen and other center stack controls are easy for the driver to reach. Rival systems feel a bit more modern, but that's a relatively minor complaint.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and Subaru's StarLink Safety and Security telematics system. Some of these features are part of Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance technology.

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  • "Either screen size features one of the more user-friendly interfaces out there." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "All the controls are simple, well placed and attractive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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 (2018)


The WRX provides 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the compact car class. Some competitors are available in a hatchback body style, whereas the WRX only comes as a sedan. Split-folding rear seats come standard, so you have some flexibility when you want to haul large items. It's also easy to load cargo because of the trunk's wide opening.

  • "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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