Posted Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 10:49pm

You’re wrong about the 2022 Subaru WRX, and here’s why | Opinion

Right now, Subaru executives in Japan must be facepalming over some of the reactions and comments that its vital all-new WRX has elicited since debuting last week.

Revealed an agonisingly long five years after the rest of the G5 Impreza range that it shares so much with on one hand and yet so little too on the other, the response has ranged from tepid to hostile. These included “ugly”, “too much plastic”, “not enough power”, “too few buttons” and “bring back Exiga!”.

OK, not the last one, but no matter what you think about Subaru’s styling efforts, who outside the company has actually seen the new WRX in the flesh to be able to dismiss it with such certainty? Sat inside it? Or driven it?