Intelligent drive

The A-Line tested here rides especially well even though it rolls on 18-inch low profile rubber.

Like the manual STI, the A-Line is equipped with Subaru’s SI-Drive system. With it, the driver can choose between ‘Intelligent’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Sharp’ to alter the engine’s throttle characteristics. In ‘Sport Sharp’ mode, throttle response is sharpened and more urgent.

In terms of steering, the STI’s rather vague and lifeless near the straight ahead. You have to learn to trust its accuracy though – dial in some lock and it’ll start to weigh up nicely, giving you the respond and pinpoint accuracy you’d expect from such a performance driving tool.

The A-Line makes do without the manual version’s DCCD (Driver Controlled Centre Differential) which you can adjust the torque split between the front and rear axles from a toggle switch inside the car. Switchable VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)is a standard feature though.

Furthermore, the STI offers well controlled body movements through the bends without sacrificing ride quality too much – the current STI’s suspension is markedly softer than in any previous versions and it doesn’t send shockwaves up your spine anymore when you go over some bumps. The A-Line tested here rides especially well even though it rides on 18-inch low profile rubber. Brakes are strong and middle pedal feel is excellent in the Subaru even though the A-Line doesn’t come with the manual’s Brembo stoppers.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Power 300bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 2800rpm
Power to Weight 201.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4,415 x 1,795 x 1,475) mm
Wheelbase 2,625 mm
Kerb Weight 1490 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs