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2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review

This is where it’s at with the 2013 Holden Cruze – the new 1.6-litre turbocharged SRi and SRi-V models.

With 132kW of power, 230Nm of torque, and an 8.4-second 0-100km/h claim, the Holden Cruze SRi offers higher outputs and faster performance times than any petrol-engined competitor within sight of its $22,490 starting price.

As a gauge of how far the value equation has improved with this facelifted Holden Cruze pseudo-sports model, that price isn’t just a full $3500 less than the old SRi, but it also gets the 0.2L-larger engine, and adds part-leather trim, a seven-inch touchscreen and rear parking sensors to the standard equipment list (read 2013 Holden Cruze pricing and specifications). Even more tellingly, the SRi automatic is now $350 cheaper than the old base model CD 1.4-litre turbo that wore hubcaps over its steel wheels…

So it might come as a surprise, then, that adding value and performance isn’t the end of the Holden Cruze SRi story.

Holden’s Australian engineers have sprinkled their magic dust over the Delta II chassis, the underbody parts of which are shared with the European cousin to the Cruze, the Opel Astra. Clearly, that dust is made of the same stuff that has continued to make the VE Commodore a dynamic star, seven years after its launch.

2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review

According to the engineering team, step one was to flick the Korean-made Kumho tyres used on all Cruze models, as they lacked grip. The replacement Bridgestone Potenza tyres – 17-inch for SRi, and 18-inch for SRi-V – are less squeal-prone and complement the revised suspension settings.

Where the Cruze Equipe and CDX models use a new, softer ‘comfort’ suspension tune (read 2013 Holden Cruze Review), the SRi and SRi-V go the other way. Holden borrowed a stiffer ‘twist beam’ for the rear suspension used in sporty Opel Astra models. The SRi now sits lower, with shorter springs, a new rebound spring in the front strut, and firmer dampers.

What all this engineering-speak amounts to is a more dynamic drive, with very little penalty in terms of comfort. Only on the freeway does the Cruze SRi fidget and jiggle a little too much, but its rough road absorbency is outstanding. There’s much less bodyroll than before, the body remaining impressively flat during higher-speed cornering. Expectedly, the tyres grip well. Push harder and the Cruze SRi doesn’t push the nose wide of the corner, but nor does it savagely kick its backside out if the throttle is lifted in the middle of the corner. Instead, it tucks its nose in, and remains neat, stable and neutrally balanced.

With this facelift, the Cruze SRi moves into the dynamic big league alongside the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus – long the handling benchmarks in the small car segment.

2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review

The electro-mechanical steering has also copped a “global re-tune” to make its steering less feather-light than before. But if anything, it’s made the steering slightly more resistant to inputs, blunting the on-centre response that remains, as before, quite immediate. Holden engineers had to accept what the global team offered, and the result is good, but not brilliant like a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus.

The $2200-optional six-speed automatic thankfully was tuned by Holden in Australia, and it’s a beauty. Like the re-tuned auto in the 1.8-litre four-cylinder Equipe and CDX, the gearbox now detects hills and holds a lower gear to allow steady state throttle. It’s also equipped with what Holden calls Performance Mode Lift Foot (PMLF), which similarly detects hard driving and holds a gear when the throttle is released after powering out of a corner.

Unlike the 1.8-litre models, the SRi and SRi-V get a dedicated Sport mode that also downshifts automatically when braking for a corner and is quicker to upshift between gears. The contrast with the sluggish old Generation I automatic is stark. The new auto has a tipshift manual facility, but it doesn’t need to be used.

Only occasionally does the auto second-guess the driver and get it wrong. Sometimes it can be too quick to ‘think’ the fun driving is over and slur into a taller ratio. Holden admits that in the final round of testing it was decided that the Sport mode they originally had planned was too annoyingly aggressive, so they went for a slightly safer setting.

2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review
2013 Holden Cruze SRi Review

The 1.6-litre turbo still feels at its best with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, however. Third gear shows off the fine flexibility of this engine, pulling effortlessly from low revs and swiftly through the mid-range. It’s no hot-hatch, but it’s definitely higher on the Peri Peri scale than most rivals.

Like the Equipe and CDX, the SRi models are also reasonably quiet, but the new Bridgestones do seem to throw up more road noise on coarse chip surfaces than the old Kumhos. It’s especially noticeable on the SRi-V which gets even wider tyres – typically, the bigger the contact patch with the road, the greater the noise.

It’s in the areas Holden engineers haven’t fixed that the Cruze remains average. The interior design, like the exterior, is now four years old. Plastics quality is of the hard and durable type, but the ill-fitting sunglasses holder atop the dash is an example of sub-standard finish.

The seats are comfortable, and the new touchscreen MyLink entertainment system intuitive, although the $26,490 SRi-V no longer gets satellite navigation standard (it will be added later this year when the new VF Commodore system is configured). That said, the SRi-V works on a similar value equation to the SRi, costing $3000 less than before and adding other equipment like climate control. The SRi-V also now adds 18-inch alloys and a reversing camera.

Both SRi and SRi-V are available in hatchback or sedan configuration, each with capacious 400-litre-plus cargo capacities and 60:40 split-fold rear seat capability.

All Holden Cruze models get fixed price servicing, costing $185 per service, every 15,000km or 12 months for up to three years and 60,000km.

The Holden Cruze has never been like the Mazda 3 or Volkswagen Golf. It has always been inferior. The Cruze SRi still isn’t like them, but it now offers its own, slightly brash personality, and from a performance and value perspective, presents as a fine alternative to both class benchmarks.


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  • F1orce

    I guess that 1.4L just couldn’t cut it..

    • JoeR_AUS

      It still there: Equipe 1.4l (auto) $23,190

      Also retained are the 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine (matched solely with the six-speed auto and priced in Equipe guise from $23,190 – a reduction of $1850)

  • VDIRTY5

    CarAdvice fuel economy on the 1.6lt turbo please.

    • JoeR_AUS

      Thirst: 7.4L/100km

      • prestige worldwide

        thirsty ? compared to what ?

        • Sam

           hehe didnt say ‘thirsty’ just quoting its thirst for fuel

      • Zaccy16

        if driven sedatly, both the 1.4 and 1.6 have been reportly over claimed figures by more than 50%

        • Pro346

          The same would apply to any car!

        • Barry

          And we all know who the masters are of claimimg false fuel economy figures don’t we.If a rolf diesel can do 3.8L/100KM around an Australian capital city.I will buy one.

    • Adrian Purcell

      Real world:
      Open Road 14.4 K / Litre
      City 11K / Litre
      Oddly I get the best (those figures) on E10 fuel

  • Hyahhsah

    1.6 turbo, sports suspension and part leather for $22,990 looks compelling.

  • GTuck

    Yeah, $22k for the SRi is pretty good, and to widen the pricing gap between this and Astra.

    • JoeR_AUS

      yes, the cheapest Astra with the 1.6T is “Opel Astra Select 5dr hatch 1.6 petrol manual $28,990″

  • JoeR_AUS

    1-0 Holden vs the rest

  • Pro346

    Great value!

  • Shak

    The value equation is pretty much the best you can get in class at the moment. Hope this helps to boost sales for the Cruze. 

  • Cars

    A new bang-for-buck hero! Just wait until after market tuners catch up or the likes of Walkinshaw get their teeth into it. This will become budget mule for modding. The only think I am balking at is the thought of racing P platers with their after-market bazookas sticking out from under the back of the car.

    • Noddy_of_Toyland

      If P-Platers had 22 grand to blow on a car, you can bet your bottom dollar it would be towards a used Skyline or Supra, not a FWD Daewoo.

      • Pro346

        What 22 grand on a na supra or skyline? Spending 22k on a 13+ year old na import laughable…more likely spending that much it would be an sv6 or similar

        • Noddy_of_Toyland

          Who said it had to be N/A? Exemptions for turbo cars on P-plates is easy, I know many guys who have done it. And you would obviously look at GTRs for that price.

          • Pro346

            Be prepared to pay 22k to insure the thing.

        • Lindsay

          $10k for the car, $12k in the first year for maintenance before giving up.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    A step in the right direction. Here’s hoping they improve the overall quality and driving characteristics

  • Cars

    Let’s see how long until Ford introduces the Ecoboost now….
    In fact I don’t think they will bother. They won’t be able to even come close on price.

    • $29896495

      You never know, there is an up date coming. Fords engine would devour this.

      • Cars

        If you are talking specs, I have no doubt you are right. But on price – no chance. I cannot imagine a fully imported Focus with an Ecoboost engine getting anywhere near this on price. The question would really be just how much better is it for the premium. It’s a tall ask in this segment to be priced far from your competitors. I guess time will tell all

  • Homer

    This car reminds us (A G A I N) that euro cars like VW, Audi are waaay overpriced downunder. VW in Germany – I worked there for 2 years and hence really know very well – is the  equivalent of Jap’s Toyota. Boycott their products given their “arrogance”.

    • Zaccy16

      the golf costs more than this becuase the interior quality and refinement is in a different league, also the golf has better steering and handling

      • Cars

        Quality and refinement is speculation. I don’t think you’ve been in an SRi to write such a biased comment. Steering is subjective, handling will entirely depend on model now that the new Golf will have the same rear suspension in it’s cheaper models. Remember this baby is tuned for Aussie roads, the golf most certainly isn’t.

        • Cars

          BTW the SRi has watts-link rear where as the base model golfs will make do with normal torsion beam.

      • gtrxuone

        Ummm waccy zaccy.The tips buyers are given when buying a 2nd hand Golf are.Listen for a terrible engine vibration when starting the vechle.Also sun cracks in dashboard and interior.
        If Vw interiors are quality that must mean there made from very cheap materials.The inside of a Golf looks like an early 1970″s Hq Holden….

        • Golfschwein

          Which Golfs suffer sun cracked dashboards? The Mk 1? 

          • gtrxuone

            You know a lot more about Golfs than I do.Still happening in the current mk6.

          • Golfschwein

            I’m happy to be shown to be wrong. I just find it very surprising. I’ve never seen any and I’ve never heard of it.  My Mk V interior held up as well as any car I’ve had exposed to five Perth summers. One mark of an outdoors car is that the polycarbonate headlights become opaque and mine suffered that, but the interior was extremely well made and durable. Well, apart from fingernail damage on the door grips. Maybe that’s VW’s equivalent of the Camry bent fuel and temp gauge needles, dya reckon?

          • Golfschwein

            Behold sun-ravaged interior of 5-1/2 year old street-parked Golf. 

        • Hanson_pete

           Not sure where your’e getting your facts from? My old MK4 was outside in the hot sun every work day for eight years and the dashboard was still perfect. (and Perth’s sun is notoriously harsh). My current Mk6 and friends and families Mk5s and 6′s do not have any said cracks and I have never seen them on the cars at the annual “day of the volkswagen” show. I have seen many other manufacturers cars around with dashboard cracks and a lot of people in Perth drive around with those awful dash carpets to protect their dashes.

          • gtrxuone

            Hanson and Golfschwein I also live in Wa in the eastern wheatbelt.Which has a warmer climate than Perth.I was told by a mk6 golf driver the other day.
            Golfy your picks are good evidence that your Golf hasn’t had sun stroke.Pete hasn’t seen this problem either.Maby its the Mexican,South African and Argintine Vw’s.Not the Germanic V’ws.

          • Hanson_pete

            Only thing is the my MK4 was made in South Africa and all Mk6′s are made in Germany. I don’t dispute that a particular car could have a particular problem as all manufacturers have issues, that may be isolated, due to a particular QA misshap, bad batch etc. It just I and others I know have not seen or heard of this issue so I doubt your experience is proof of a widespread problem else it would be widely reported for a car that been on the market for 3 to 4 years.

    • Theo

      Good on you for speaking up. “Boycott” is the right word and action. The price disparity makes your head spin.

  • Andy

    It’s still 1402kg or more so 132kw is just an improvement, it’s got it’s work cut out for it at that weight

    • 42 = The Answer

      The 1st gen AH Astra CD was 1225kg and that had the 92kw 1.8L lugging it around so I think the 1.6LT can manage

      • $29896495

        The quoted time for the performance car is the issue.

      • Andy

        The AH was a dog, I bout a new TS 2001 Astra with 90kw/1120kg and it was OK but certainly not that quick, the dealer wanted me to upgrade to an AH “because the body was 15% stiffer”, what a load of rubish, it was just HEAVIER

    • JoeR_AUS

      FYI, 132kW of power and 230Nm of torque, Holden claiming 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds.

      No reflection on Mazda 3 but to quote a NA engine, its engine has 182nm and weights in at 1346–1410 kg range

    • $29896495

      Still as slow as all out doors. It’s a full size car with an under powered motor. Still.

      • Daniel D

        For its class and price that time is highly competitive. We get you don’t like the car, but constantly dismissing its attributes because they don’t fit your preconceptions is hardly a compelling argument against the car.

        • $29896495

          Hardly call it constantly. By the way, I don’t get all upset if some one bags out  a car I like, what’s going on? Andy’s point is a very good one and I was backing him up.

          • Igomi Watabi

            I think “bags out” is the issue. This, like allmotoring related blogs, suffers from an overburden of comments from readers that are along the “bags out” line, rather than reasoned commentary. it’s like going to a Carlton vs Collingwood match.

      • Lindsay

        “Full size car”

        You mean like a Statesman?

        • $29896495

          No, a 6, Mondeo, older Commodore, not small, not medium, but full size. It isn’t in the same class as the cars they include here 3, Focus, Corolla. Golf and derivatives have grown out of the medium class as well

        • $29896495

          Very under powered compared compared to a Fiesta ST, don’t you think?

  • John

    Hey, who’da think it – a Cruze I would actually consider buying.

    Good work Holden, hope it works for you.

  • Dennis

    LOL @ Caradvice spamming whirlpool forums.

    Desperate Much?

  • nebz

    Might actually consider this for the missus now that it has more power. She likes the hatch but it was way underpowered. Would like to support Aussie manufacturing where possible. Nice work Holden,

  • horsie

    I want one. its a shame you can’t get that engine in the wagon. 

    • Karl Sass

      That would be fantastic, especially with the sports suspension and 18″ wheels. Lets hope they decide to make it locally.

    • Darryl

      Problem with that is the wagon isn’t assembled here, so there is no 1.6 turbo available or even Watts link. Credit to Holden for waving the magic wand over it, but loss of brownie points for not making the wagon here. Pity, it looks better than the somehow still slightly awkward hatch. 

  • sanjay

    this looks seriously tempting. $22k with all that kit as standard…and after a chiptune it should be good for ~160kw and 300nm (thanks to the flexibility of turbo engines, and the fact that this engine is lifted straight out of the Astra J 1.6T and Corsa OPC…)

    wonder what holden will give me as a trade in for my RS 225 :)

    • $29896495

      So you are trolling for GM? The car is still under powered. The times are slow and you are talking about stepping down from a RS225? You must be joking and I missed it?

      • sanjay

        by next year my RS will be ten years old, and its cost me quite a bit of money in maintenance over the last year. im thinking about a new car – and after a flash tune, i dont think you could say that 160kw in a ~1400kg car is exactly underpowered…

        …so no, im not trolling at all. im as surprised as you are, as before today, i would NEVER have thought about buying a new holden…even less a cruze…but here i am, thinking about it rather seriously :)

        • $29896495

          If it must be Gm – if I were you I’d look at Opel, OPC would be a good fit I would have thought.

          • sanjay

            doesnt need to be GM at all – but the Astra OPC is $20,000 more than the Cruze SRi…and will lose its value more quickly. if i was interested in spending $40k on a new car id be buying a Megane RS265 Cup without hesitation.

          • $29896495

            The equivalent Astra GTC would also be nice by comparison. But there are a lot more cars out there than those two

          • sanjay

            and the Astra GTC is also over $30 grand…do you just not think about price when you come up with your replies?

          • Deutsch

            Firstly sanjay the OPC Astra is a performance car. Of course the OPC is $20k more. It’s got Recaro’s, Brembo’s, Sienna Leather…. this aint no crappy Korean car that will lose $10k in 1 year….. The 2009 Holden Astra (an Opel_ has only lost that amount of money is 3 years, not 1, so wherever you are getting your resale values from is rubbish.

  • klowik

    you really need more than 200Nm for a sedan esp seated 5 people when driving around hilly roads in australia. no Japanese brand has that in this $20-30k range.

    • Zaccy16

      diesel mazda 3 has 360 nm!

      • Cars

        Obviously he isn’t talking about diesels as the Cruze also produces 360NM in diesel form.

    • Daniel D

      Two thoughts come to mind. How many people who buy a car in this class, have five people onboard all the time? How did Australians ever drive cars in the seventies and eighties based on your assumption that we need 200nm to tackle a hill?

      • $29896495

        Why has it got five seats then?

        • Karl Sass

          Occasional use. Even the Micra has 5 ‘seats’ but half the torque.

          • $29896495

            the real answer is to seat 5 people.

          • Karl Sass

            And it does. Occasionally.

  • Zaccy16

    Good value, still build quality and interior quality not up to its opel cousins level and stlying is dated, but the handing is a inprovement but still not class leading

  • Emf_85

    Fantastic!
    Price- correct
    power- correct
    consumption- correct
    Good 0-100- correct

    Great job Holden/GM your onto a winner,

    Will buy!

  • Martin

    Great value compared to its key rivals.

    • $29896495

      Such as?

      • Darryl

        Look, we get that you don’t like it, you’ve made that obvious repeatedly, so don’t buy it. But IMHO this at least is a small (well medium really) car that is made in this country you can buy without being embarrassed. It’s been a while since you could say that. And as a chunk of your and my tax has gone into this, I wish Holden every success. I hope it reverses the fairly dramatic sales slide it has experienced recently. 

        • $29896495

          Not wishing them anything else except better quality and service. I don’t want to see them fold just want them to tell the truth and do the right thing.  As some of the bogans here seem to love the very thought of Holden, they have become blind AGAIN but some time in the near future they may get their sight back. Who knows.

      • Pro346

        All of them!

        • $29896495

          You know that’s BS. Unless you are talking personal experience and then it comes down to the maintenance a person puts in. Maybe you need to change your oil more.

          • Pro346

            Huh? What does being good value have to do with changing your own oil….lay off the glue!

          • $29896495

            truth of it is that it has nothing to do with it Richard, it has to do with an abusive comment which was removed. As for you being so defensive over a multi billion dollar company, that is astounding and demonstrates how juvenile you are.

  • Ted

    Why release the car with out Sat Nav, and not due to latter on the year.  No wonder people are buying other brands – Holden does this all the time and maybe those Holden people need to stay out of Uni and smell the roses…

    • nugsdad

       The focus release was exactly the same sat nav only arrived when they moved production to Thailand.

      • Ted

        Hold on, the 1.4 SRI-V had Sat Nav, so what happen now !!!

        • Shak

          It’ll be coming later in the year alongside the upgrade to the Commodores system. They’re using the same ‘MyLink’ infotainment system so they’ll be produced together. 

  • nugsdad

    good job Holden

  • HXN

    I’m not a big fan of Holden’s poor quality, especially the constant cheap interior, but for what you get in the SRi, this is pretty good value.

    Ironic that the Cruze has received an upgrade in the power and engine department and left the interior the same, bar the MyLink. On the other hand, the VF has had a major makeover with the interior but not much (from what I’ve read) in terms of engine and power.

  • Hung Low

    Kudos to the local engineers for what seems to be a massive improvement.. The  local blokes always punch above their weight with restricted budgets and guidelines.
    Great value for money will win it sales, but it is hard to to the Focus in this segment otherwise.

  • Stop_the_boats

    Crude with a 1.6 turbo is still a crude, korean junk .

    • Sam

      You must have such a sad existence. 

      • $29896495

        SRI is not an average every dayer it the performance variant so must be measured against other performance variants. – so even though it maybe cheaper than the other sports variants, it definitely isn’t going to be the fastest for long Veloster maybe faster. When the Kia Pro-ceed gets here that will be faster. Maybe it will be the same price or cheaper.

        • Karl Sass

          The SRi is a ‘warm’ hatch, that’s how it’s marketed and priced. Exactly the same as a SP25, it’s the sports variant of the regular model. It’s not a performance car (MPS, GTI etc.) nor does it pretend to be. Holden were thinking of building a performance variant but decided against it. No one compares a SP25 to a Golf GTI because they’re fundamentally different cars. The SRi/SP25 comparison however is a fair one. There are other cars in that category, I just cannot recall them lol. I guess the SSS Pulsar will be in the mix too?

          • $29896495

            The SRI I had would have eaten this thing alive. I named some of the coming car. It can’t be a warm car if the same engine is used right through the range. They’ve totally devalued the SRI tag.

            Six months to a year, performance wise it’ll be a total has been. Turns out the Golf is also considered better. Veloster, Proceed GT,  Focus ST.

            Coincidentally they tested this car in Germany tonight on Drive It. Not impressed by a lot of things. Just average.

          • Pro346

            Stop making things up! The engine is only used in the sri and sri v in the cruze……..and your trying to tell us they tested an Australian built cruze in Germany against all of them other cars p.s sniffing glue is bad for your health.

          • Daniel D

            huwtm wrote… I really, really, really hate Australian cars. I hate, hate, hate them.

            Now where is my Golf parked?

          • $29896495

            Daniel, I didn’t write that and I don’t hate Australian cars. The Cruze isn’t Australian remember. The Falcon I’m not a fan of how they look, how they do their job though, they’re pretty good at it.

            I’m not a VW fan, and don’t and never have owned a VW. I quite like the idea of the R32, can’t deny that.

          • Karl Sass

            If you had an Astra SRi I understand you trying to compare them, but the Astra was a proper hot hatch, this was never designed to be a hot hatch. My mum had an original Holden Cruze (the Suzuki Ignis SUV hatch thing), but that doesn’t mean I compare them.

            The Astra SRi, Focus ST etc. are all hot hatches in their own category. As I said, this competes with the SP25 etc. It’s just much better value than it’s competition. Although we will have to wait and see for real world performance tests to see how it shapes up.

    • Daniel D

      Your not the target demographic for this car or any car.

      • Stop_the_boats

        Dazzle, yer your right the 335i blows this piggy back to the eighties, garabge interior piggy looks, for the bogan jr who cant afford a crummer, back in your VK worth more as scrap metal, try selling your tyres might get a doller .

        • Captain Nemo®™

           Still grinding that axe i see Bungel but with a new name. And still as bitter as ever grind grind grind, Life working in that pot shop must be getting you down huh?

          • Hung Low

            Looks like his Gti has morphed into a 335i with the change of user name. A definite escapee from the asylum.

          • Barry

            lol..

        • Barry

          Rolfmother get a new grinding stone.That might sharpen your axe.And again this obsession with the VK Commodore.Did a Brock VK blow the doors off your $150,000 euro.

          • Stop_the_boats

            Bazza and Nemo on the tray top together, enough said .

          • Hung Low

            Bungle, does your carer know you are using the computer?

  • Rocket

    Why bother selling the Cruze with the 1.8 and 1.4 engines as they are clearly underpowered for such a weighty car. Ford need to get the 1.6 Ecoboost into the Focus also as standard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.nichols3 Andrew Nichols

    Slightly off topic but cant think why Holden haven’t bunged either of the 1.4 or 1.6 turbo into the Barina and ditched its elderly,thirsty and gutless 1600 Daewoo donk. (In NZ the Toyota Yaris YRS runs the Corolla 1800 not the 1500 as here in Aus). Imagine the performance of the dowdy shopping basket then.

    • Karl Sass

      Yep that would be a winner for Holden. Although according to the NZ site, the Yaris uses the same 1.5L as they do locally.

  • Ted

    Wrong ! The YRS Toyota Yarus in New Zealand does NOT have the 1.8, it is powered by the 1.5 (like Aus) and is available in Auto only as well..

  • Nathan of Perth

    I have had my new 2013 MY14 Cruze SRi hatch in manual for 2 weeks now and love it.
    For those that want to speculate over the “performance”; I used to own a 2003 WRX and other than the lack of AWD, I love the SRi.

    The suspension is firm without breaking your neck when you hit big bumps. The engine powerful enough to still enable fun driving and impress passengers without needing to rev to 3,600pm to hit full boost.

    The interior is in my opinion, very impressive. Something which every person that has sat in the car has commented on. Personally I find the “class leading” Golf’s interior to be very bland and cheap. The SRi’s interior is everything that the 2013 WRX’s interior wasn’t; sporty yet classy and full of extra features.

    And finally there’s the price: to get the same level of performance and features from the competitors you have to spend almost 5k more.

    Nathan

    • Nathan of Perth.

      Should add that I was seriously considering replacing my 2003 WRX with a 2013 WRX but after taking it for a test drive I was very unimpressed with the interior. It looked like the base model Impreza with sports seats. It sure was quick but in my opinion it wasn’t worth near double the price of the SRi.

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