2020 Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Sep 30, 2020
Editor's rating 4.0
Performance-ready sedan.

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review

The appeal of five-door compact sedans in the local market has relatively surpassed its prime. Compact sedans were once among the popular choices as designated family vehicles, especially during the ‘90s. However, the recent market trend shows that Filipino car buyers are attracted to purchase pickup trucks, midsize SUVs, and seven-seater MPVs since these types of vehicles come with a more attractive price tag. Not just that, midsize SUVs and MPVs are vehicles that can accommodate up to seven occupants, which is a big deal when you’re in a country that has a family-oriented culture.

2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines

The 2020 Subaru WRX 2.0 CVT

However, there are several sedans in the local market that could give you a change of heart. Driving one, especially a sports sedan, gives you on point power delivery, good handling, and quick acceleration. This is what we felt when Subaru Philippines lent us the keys of the 2020 WRX. To know more about it, here’s Philkotse’s 2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines.

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Exterior

The Subaru WRX comes with an aggressive-looking exterior that has angular styling cues and sharp lines. Just by looking at it, you can already tell that this vehicle is packed with sporty characteristics that Subaru car is known for.

The front end of the 2020 Subaru WRX exterior is one of the things we like most since it gives the impression that it’s always ready to go for a slugfest. The angular bumper along with the grille and the sharp-looking headlights make the vehicle look aggressive and sporty.

2020 Subaru WRX front view

The Subaru WRX comes with an aggressive fascia

The C-shaped daytime running lights further highlight the WRX’s sporty character. Moreover, the black trims fitted on the front end complements the overall look. We’re glad that Subaru didn’t go heavy on putting chrome trims into this car. You also can’t help but notice the WRX’s hood scoop, which further adds to its sporty demeanor.

2020 Subaru WRX side view

Sharp character lines and 18-inch black alloy wheels complement each other well

The side of the Subaru WRX comes with sharp character lines that give the vehicle a sort of clean look. The aggressive and angular styling of the front is continued to be seen at the WRX’s side skirts. You can also see that it has prominent fender flares, which add muscle to the WRX’s overall look. Moreover, this WRX comes with a set of 18-inch black alloy wheels, which stands out due to the silver paint finish of the car.

2020 Subaru WRX exterior: Rear view

Look at that twin dual exhaust pipes

The rear of the WRX is more conservative as compared to its front end but that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in terms of styling. However, we think that the design of the WRX’s taillights is too simple and is not intimidating enough, especially when you compare it with the ones fitted in the Honda Civic Type R.

Despite its simple look, it goes well with the overall rear design of the vehicle. And oh, this WRX comes with twin dual exhaust pipes and a rear diffuser, which make the car even more sporty looking. Overall, we like the design of the 2020 Subaru WRX exterior. Its aggressive fascia, angular styling cues, and sharp character lines certainly make the WRX a looker.

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Interior

Inside, the 2020 Subaru WRX features a dark interior theme along with subtle splashes of silver and glossy black trims. The headliner also comes in black, which complements the whole cabin theme. The 2020 Subaru WRX interior comes with a straightforward design however you might get a bit confused when you’re toggling and searching for the usual buttons such as the trip computer switch.

2020 Subaru WRX interior

The WRX comes with a dark interior theme

Yes, it has a straightforward design but it also comes with several buttons and vehicle information that you’ll only see on a Subaru. In addition, the leather steering wheel of this WRX is integrated with several controls such as the audio switch, voice command, Subaru WRX drive modes, cruise control, lane departure warning, among others. It also has toggle switches on the left-hand side of the steering wheel that lets you control or set up certain vehicle functions via the instrument cluster. It might take you some time to get used to all the buttons with its corresponding function but they’re not that difficult to get familiar with it.

2020 Subaru WRX dashboard

The steering wheel is integrated with several buttons

The Subaru WRX 2020 comes with leather seats, and it can accommodate up to five individuals. The rear leg- and head-rooms are good especially when there are only two passengers sitting at the back. Yes, you can fit three individuals standing 5’7” at the rear passenger area but it will be a tight squeeze back there. Aside from compromising the leg- and head-room, fitting three individuals at the rear passenger area will also affect the elbow room.

2020 Subaru WRX seats

Rear passengers get enough leg- and head-room

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Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Technology

This 2020 WRX is equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology. The said tech helps you have a safer drive by assisting and alerting you when the system picks up something unusual or hazards while you’re on the road.

The EyeSight tech is like your co-pilot or to some extent like your parents that watches your every move behind the wheel. Most of us can relate to how some parents are when they’re your passenger, right? In my experience, I usually hear the following statements whenever I’m behind the wheel and they’re my passenger:

“Watch out you’re drifting out of lane;” “Heads up pedestrian crossing, huy may tatawid;” “Keep a safe following distance, wag mo itutok.” Annoying? Sometimes. But, this is one of the perks when you’re on board with back-seat drivers. Speaking of which, Subaru’s EyeSight technology is like your parents that stay alert at all times and give you precautionary reminders whenever you’re behind the wheel.

2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines

Subaru EyeSight. [Photo for reference only]

The Subaru EyeSight technology includes features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure & lane sway warning, and lead vehicle start alert.

During our time with the WRX, we got to try some of its features such as the adaptive cruise control, which automatically controls accelerating and braking when engaged. The lane departure warning also works well, especially when you’re driving along the open highway.

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Safety

Aside from the EyeSight tech, this WRX is equipped with several safety features that will make your drives even safer. It comes with dual front, curtain, and knee airbags, which will help protect you when the need arises. It also has the standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist system, rear vehicle detection, among others. Indeed, the WRX is more than just a performance-ready car as it is also a vehicle that values overall occupant safety, which is one of the things Subaru is known for.

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Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Engine

Under the hood, the 2020 WRX is equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 264 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to all four wheels. Yes, this WRX comes with an all-wheel-drive setup.

The 2020 Subaru WRX is a fun car to drive. It is made for individuals who are looking for a car that’s always performance-ready. This WRX gives you on point power delivery without compromising vehicle stability and overall in-car safety.

2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines

The WRX has a 2.0-liter engine that puts out 264 hp and 350 Nm of torque

As such, there’s no doubt that one of the notable features we like is the WRX’s power delivery. It gives you the right amount of power whenever you ask for it. It accelerates quickly too even when it’s driven with the Intelligent Mode engaged, which is one of the three driving options available. The other two drive modes are Sport and Sport Sharp. The Intelligent Mode is considered to be the most tamed drive mode while the Sport Sharp delivers the maximum performance the WRX can give.

2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines

The WRX's fascia looks good at any angle

When driven out on the open highway with the Intelligent Mode engaged, the engine rpm sits below the 2,000 rpm mark while running at 90 km/h. The engine is not stressed and it is as if the WRX is urging you to apply more pressure on the gas pedal. During this run, we managed to register a fuel economy of 14.3 km/l.

On the other hand, the WRX transforms into a different machine when you engage the Sport Sharp Mode. It becomes quicker and accelerates even better, which gives you the confidence to pass slower vehicles upfront. The steering wheel also becomes firm when you speed up, giving you optimum control of the vehicle.

2020 Subaru WRX Review Philippines

Chillin' like a boss

Of note, the WRX comes with a track-tuned suspension. This means that this car is a performance-oriented machine. As such, its suspension leans on the stiff side, which means that you’ll feel the road more and ride comfort might not be as smooth as you expect. However, it comes with a light steering feel that will make your city drives more bearable.

Plus, it comes with boatloads of safety features thanks to the EyeSight tech. And oh, this WRX comes with an auto-hold vehicle road feature, which will come in handy during stop-and-go traffic on an inclined road.

You can take your foot off the brake pedal and the vehicle won’t move back. But, despite having this feature, it’s best to always have full control of the vehicle. In terms of fuel economy, we got 9.4 km/l while driving at an average speed of 45 km/h in the city.

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Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Conclusion

Indeed, the 2020 Subaru WRX can give you a change of heart by making you realize that you’re missing the stuff and the performance a sedan can give you. This WRX is a performance-ready car that comes with a lot of technology that will make your drives safer. However, owning this car is not that cheap. With its price tag of Php 2,158,000, you can already get yourself a midsize SUV such as the Ford Everest or two brand-new units of the Honda BR-V S CVT variant. Yes, two brand-new BR-Vs.

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Price and Variants

Subaru WRX Price in the Philippines - 2020

Variant Price
Subaru WRX 2.0 CVT EyeSight
Php 2,158,000
Subaru WRX STI 2.5 6MT
Php 2,848,000

Subaru WRX 2.0L CVT Review: Specs

Overall
Make
Subaru
Name
WRX 2.0 CVT EyeSight
Body Type
Compact Sedan
Dimensions & Weight
Lenght
4,595 mm
Width
1,795 mm
Height
1,475 mm
Wheelbase
2,650 mm
Ground Clearance
135 mm
Engine & Transmission
Type
2.0L Turbocharged Gasoline
Engine Displacement
1,998 cc
Max Power
264 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Max Torque
350 Nm @ 2,400 - 5,200 rpm
Transmission
Lineartronic CVT
Fuel Tank Capacity
60 liters
Chassis & Suspension
Brakes (Front / Rear)
Ventilated Discs / Solid Discs
Suspension (Front / Rear)
Inverted MacPherson Struts / Double Wishbone
Exterior
LED Headlamps with Auto Leveler
Front LED Fog Lamps
Dual Twin-Tail Muffler
Shark-fin Antenna
Power-Folding Door Mirrors with LED Turn Signal
Side Sill Spoiler
Headlamp Washer
Rear Diffuser
Trunk Lid Spoiler
LED Daytime Running Lights
Rear Fog Lamp
Safety
4-Sensor / 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
Active Torque Vectoring
Brake Assist
Brake Override
Engine Immobilizer
Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control System
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Safety Pedal System
Side Door Reinforcement Beams
SRS Front, Side, Curtain, and Knee Airbags
Functionality & Convenience
Aluminum Pedals
7.0-inch Multimedia Touchscreen
Auto Headlamps
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Automatic Air-Conditioning
Blind-Spot Detection
Bluetooth Compatible Hands-Free System
High Beam Assist
Multi-Function Display with Boost Pressure Meter
Hill Start Assist
Lane Change Assist
Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Cruise Control
One-Touch Turn Signal
Paddle Shifters
PIN Code Access
Power Adjustable Driver's Seat
Rain Sensing Wipers
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
SI-Drive (With S# Mode)
Push Start Button
Steering Responsive Headlights
Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel
USB and AUX Audio Input Jack
Voice Recognition Command
60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats
 

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Author

Martin Aguilar

Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. Aside from his interest in cars, he loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball (note: video game only), eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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