After being redesigned last year, the Subaru WRX enters 2023 unchanged apart from a price hike.
Prices are up by $1000 across the board, with Subaru citing increased production costs.
Pricing for the sedan range starts at $45,990 before on-road costs for the base model WRX, with the top-spec WRX tS Sport topping out at $57,990 before on-road costs.
The base Sportswagon opens at $50,990 before on-road costs, with the top-spec tS priced at $58,990 before on-road costs.
A spokesperson for Subaru Australia has confirmed stock of its WRX range is in strong supply and, depending on the specifications, customers may only need to wait a month before taking delivery.
Customers are encouraged to check with their local dealer on stock availability.
The WRX sedan continues to come with either manual or automatic transmission options in base and RS guise, with the flagship tS being auto-only.
All Sportswagons, in contrast, are auto-only.
- 2023 Subaru WRX manual: $45,990 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX auto: $49,990 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX RS manual: $51,490 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX RS auto: $55,490 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX tS auto: $57,990 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX: $50,990 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX GT: $56,490 (+$1000)
- 2023 Subaru WRX tS: $58,990 (+$1000)
All prices exclude on-road costs
The 2023 Subaru WRX is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four engine producing 202kW of power at 5600rpm and 350Nm of torque between 2000 and 5200rpm.
It’s mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), however the latter is the only choice for Sportswagon models.
Power is sent to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring.
The 2023 Subaru WRX uses 8.5L/100km on the combined cycle when equipped with the CVT and 9.9L/100km with the manual.
The WRX requires 95 RON premium unleaded fuel and has a 63L fuel tank.
The 2023 Subaru WRX sedan measures 4670mm long, 1825mm wide and 1465mm tall on a 2675mm wheelbase.
It has 414L of boot space in base trim and 411L in the RS and tS.
The 2023 Subaru WRX Sportswagon measures 4755mm long, 1795mm wide and 1500mm tall on a 2670mm wheelbase.
There’s 492L of cargo space, expanding to 909L with the rear seats folded. Total volume with the second row folded is 1430L if measured to the roof.
Under the boot floor of all models is a 17-inch space-saver wheel.
Sedans have 135mm of ground clearance, Sportswagons have 140mm.
All WRX models are backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Subaru offers five years of capped-price servicing, with intervals of 12 months or 15,000km.
Pricing has increased incrementally since last year with the first five services capped at $378.33 (+$23.10), $517.96 (+$36.31), $453.19 (+$23.80), $792.10 (+$55.88) and $394.78 (+$33.53) on all automatic models.
Manual models have the same service prices except for the 48-month/60,000km service, which is priced at $859.19 (+$55.59).
The Subaru WRX has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
Manual models miss out on a glut of safety equipment restricted to CVT-equipped variants.
All WRX models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane-change assist
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion
- Reverse camera
The RS adds driver attention monitoring, while all auto models include:
- Autonomous emergency braking (forward and reverse)
- Adaptive cruise control
- Emergency lane-keep assist
- Lane-keep assist with lane centring
- Leading vehicle departure alert
- Autonomous emergency steering
- Intelligent speed limiter
- Traffic sign recognition
- Automatic high-beam
Standard equipment on the base WRX includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED Steering Responsive Headlights
- Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp drive modes
- 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- DAB+ digital radio
- 4.2-inch instrument cluster screen
- Six-speaker sound system
- Cloth upholstery
- Keyless entry and start
- Dual-zone climate control
- Split-fold rear seats (60/40 in sedan, 40/20/40 in Sportswagon)
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Electronic parking brake with auto hold (auto models)
- Paddle shifters (auto models)
- Automatic stop-start (auto models)
The base Sportswagon also includes:
- Reclining and one-touch electronic folding rear seats
- Dual rear charge ports
- Ambient lighting
GT and RS models add:
- Satellite navigation
- CD player
- Ultrasuede (sedan) or leather (Sportswagon) upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Eight-way power driver seat
- Electric driver lumbar support
- Eight-way power passenger seat
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors with auto-dipping (auto models only)
- Ambient lighting
- LED puddle lights
- Dual rear charge ports
- Front and side view monitors
- Driver Monitoring System
- EyeSight Assist Monitor (auto only)
Only the RS gets a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, while only the GT Sportswagon gets a hands-free power tailgate and driver seat memory.
tS models also include:
- Electronically controlled dampers
- Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Individual drive modes
- Ultrasuede upholstery
Colour options vary depending on the body style. The sedan offers eight colour options while the Sportswagon offers the same range of colours except for Solar Orange.
- Crystal Black
- Sapphire Blue
- WR Blue
- Magnetite Grey
- Ignition Red
- Ice Silver
- Ceramic White
Only available for the WRX Sedan:
- Solar Orange
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