Subaru WRX STI Comparison

2015 Subaru WRX STI (Subaru WRX and Ford Focus ST) comparison are quite usual. The two models offer similar performance with its own plus minus. So, which one is more suitable for you?

There are already some articles on 2015 Subaru WRX STI (Subaru WRX and Ford focus STI) comparison. This article tries to give more on your consideration. Let’s begin with The 2015 Subaru WRX. The 2015 Subaru WRX is different with the previous generations. The Impreza name that add in the previous model is dropped in all markets. The body design is tougher, and different, like the front doors, trunk lid, and interior. The rear doors have different touch with an upwards bend, but keep the identical shape.

Subaru WRX does not use the usual EJ-series engine anymore. It uses the new twin-scroll turbocharger 2.0L FA20DIT engine with direct injection that located at the front of the car near the serpentine accessory belts. Unlike in the previous models, the turbocharger was located near the right-hand side of the firewall, close to cylinder. By placing the turbo engine lower, it helps reduce the car's center of gravity to 19.5 inches. Besides that, different engines make broader torque. The old 2.5L EJ produces 240 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm, while the new 2.0L FA produces 258 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm with 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm.

From 2009 until 2014 the WRX use a five-speed manual transmission. However for 2015, WRX use six-speed manual like in Subaru WRX STI. And for Limited and Premium editions, they add the option for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters that is better in fuel economy than the manual one. The shifts are also more aggressively, but the acceleration times remain the same. Besides that, the chassis is redesigned. The structural stiffness and spring rates are up 40-60% make the road holding numbers increase by about 0.08 G.

Subaru WRX vs Ford Focus STI

Now, it’s time to focus on the Subaru WRX STI comparison. Ford also produces the similar car’s performance with the WRX. It’s the Focus ST that available in three- or four-door models with a Cosworth-tuned 2.0-liter and six-speed transmission. Although for U.S market, there’s no more tree-door option. The sporty chassis tuning and 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque can’t be compared to WRX, but handling and responsiveness it’s better. The 2015 Focus has a six-speed manual too, same with the previous models.

Meanwhile, the four-cylinder boxer engine in WRX is back to 2.0-liter from 2.5-liter in the 2014 model. The six-speed manual transmission also replaces the previous five-speed (the automatic CVT is different option). The hatchback version is also no longer available, now it just the sedan. The wheel and tire size is bigger than the previous model in Ford ST. The limit weight that the WRX can carry is 3330 pounds. The Focus ST has quick and responsive steering, but lacks in the shocks. It feels too soft, and rolls too fast. The balance is good, but there are some wheel spins.

For the WRX Subaru, the body roll seemed minimal, but the on-power under steer may be a little trouble. The shock is much better than the Focus STI. The engine is very smooth and quiet, but may be too quiet for a sporty car. The WRX doesn't turn in as sharply as the Focus, but it’s more stable. The WRX is also faster more comfortable driver of the seating and driving position. With an average consumption of fuel around 9.2L/100km, it becomes a quite thrifty car.

The Focus STI acceleration is zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The electric-assist steering and stability system make the quick handling. The WRX has the stellar high-speed handling from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds with 265 horsepower, faster than the STI. Even though the capacity is reduced from the 2.5-litre engine in the previous model, it has bigger outputs with 197kW and 350Nm. The combination of turbocharged power and the budget, make it an interesting choice. Tough STI actually offers lower base price at $38,290. Even more money saving actually, but if you choose faster drive; you should choose WRX.

With that you get high end facilities like keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone air-conditioning, rear parking sensors and a five-inch color display satellite navigation with Ford’s voice-activated Sync system for calls and text messages. But, the 2.0-litre turbo engine only produces 184kW, less than the WRX. It has direct-injection cylinder heads to lower fuel consumption around 7.4L/100km, better than the WRX. It has 6 airbags with 5-star ANCAP crash rating, less than WRX, and even bigger wheels and tires size, 18-inch alloys and 235/40 tires with space-saver spare.

Subaru WRX for Your Comfortable and Affordable Driving

The new engine for the WRX is not only smoother; it also doesn’t suffer as much turbo lag as the previous model, and has good throttle response. The steering is sharp and responsive with the gearbox is more precise. The WRX also has decent space for storage across the rear bench. Although the materials quality of materials, it still feels less luxurious as the ST. The 2015 Subaru’s price is $38,990 plus on-road and dealer costs.

Actually, there are some models with similar specification like Subaru WRX and Ford Focus STI, such as Renault Megane RS265 with only $37,990 drive-away; or Volkswagen Golf GTI with $41,490 plus on-road costs. But, the Megane misses out on some key performance features, like the mechanical limited slip diff, and softer sport suspension set-up. The Volkswagen is just rather too expensive to consider. So, this article only focus on the WRX and Focus ST.

The WRX has seven airbags with 5-star ANCAP crash rating for safety. The wheels and tires maybe smaller than the ST, but it still bigger than the previous model with 17-inch alloys and 235/45 tires completed with space-saver spare. The Focus ST also has hatchback model with five-door body style. But, it doesn’t have an automatic option like WRX. As conclusion the 2015 WRX is still the best compare to the ST, tough suffers from a cheaper interior and a less comfortable ride. That’s all about the comparison on Subaru WRX STI. But of course the choice is completely yours.


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