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  New cars: what the critics say
                                                                                                Overall – across tarmac and gravel – the
  The Sunday Times                                                                              WRX shows a superb blend of “go-hard
  The Impreza WRX sedan is something                                                            poise” and daily drive compliance.
  you can happily put in your driveway                                                          “That’ll do Rex, that’ll do.”
  without the neighbours sneering. Unlike
  the WRX hatch, the new sedan is “in                                                           Open Road
  proportion”, with sufficient styling to                                                       The latest and greatest Impreza WRX
  “draw attention”. The 2.5-litre, flat                                                         appeals as much to “yummy mummies
  4-cylinder engine is a success, and the                                                       and golfing grannies as it does to rally
  seats are a compromise between sports                                                         fans and gym junkies”. It wins points
                                                                     Subaru Impreza WRX         for performance, safety, refinement,
  and comfort – so “tired bodies can plop
  in and creak out” with ease.                                            From $39,990          responsive steering, ergonomics and
                                                                                                value. On the downside, it has modest
  The Daily Telegraph                            power, 23Nm of urge and a suspension           boot space, it’s a bit thirsty on the road
  Subaru have put the bite back into             package that brings back dynamic               and it does lack some “edginess and
  “Rex” with the arrival of the sedan.           handling. They have also managed to trim       charisma”. Nevertheless, it’s an
  Upgrades include an extra 26kW of              combined fuel efficiency to 10.4L/100km.       “undeniably effective tool”.




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                                                                                                                        24 July 2009 THE WEEK

				
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