Subaru WRX S4 2.0GT-S EyeSight

Subaru WRX S4 Review: “Feels comfortable as it feels like you’re entering round corners” by Naoto Shimazaki

This is the all-new WRX S4. Its 18-inch wheel that looks solid on the outside is an attractive option; when I first saw it, it really made me say, “Oh my god!” This impression, however, changed to “Oh, I see!” when I started driving it.

Its riding performance was sophisticated. Particularly, I had an impression that the movement of its wheels is precise since I started the car at a low speed, and it felt really pleasant as entering the road surface felt like entering round corners. Moreover, even if you increase its speed, it feels naturally flat, and its gradually stable rolling when cornering is also great.

The pleasant feel when turning as it generates power, as well as its high direct stability when driving on the highway, still remained as is. This car’s greatest value is that it has a 2L turbo that outputs a performance of 300ps/40.8kgf-m, and an enjoyable running performance with its AWD system. Its highlight is the SI-DRIVE, which outputs a performance according to your own will, and I was amazed when I accelerated using the S# mode.

However, after freely using up its performance, I had to refuel the car; it consumes 10km/L. When I was steadily driving at 100km/h, the engine revved around the 2,000rpm, making the engine quite calm. Moreover, it has a steering wheel with paddle shifters, and it currently has 19 switch buttons (20, if you include the horn). The long press buttons and the multi-purpose switches, which are common, are difficult to identify; hence, I thought, is it possible to just readjust the existing “one function is to one switch?”

When I closed the door, it just clicked silently so I felt its good quality. This sound certainly expresses its body rigidity and good quality.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)