Subaru WRX and WRX STI are equipped with the very latest protective, preventative and predictive safety features. It’s power and performance with the maximum 5 star ANCAP1 safety rating.

5 star ANCAP rating

Brute attitude. Razor sharp intelligence. Thanks to a winning combination of collision protection technology, Subaru WRX and WRX STI have achieved the maximum 5 star ANCAP¹ safety rating. This is a result of a safety innovation program that includes seven SRS² airbags – dual front, dual front side, curtain-style and drivers-knee – and a whiplash reducing design, which provides extreme support for passengers’ head, neck and torso.

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1. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gives consumers consistent information on the level of occupant protection provided by vehicles in serious front and side crashes

2. SRS: Supplemental Restraint System. Effective when used in conjunction with seatbelts.

Let all the wheels do all the work

Take on slippery streets, no problem. With the superior grip of the legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, Subaru WRX and WRX STI are ready for any road or rugged mountain ahead. They grip the road with all four wheels, all of the time, giving you double the traction capacity of a two-wheel drive car, greater precision and even more cornering power. Because four wheels grip better than two. It’s active safety at its best.

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Reverse parking made easy

Steering backwards? Subaru WRX and WRX STI eliminate the guesswork, with a sophisticated rear view reverse camera. Like having eyes in the back of your head, you can view the camera’s vision on the display monitor in front of you. It’s smart yet simple technology that greatly reduces the risk of any bumps and scrapes when you reverse. 

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Driver assistance at the ready

Sudden stopping, surprise roadworks, hairpin turns. Subaru WRX and WRX STI eliminate for extreme urban conditions with the electronic driver assist system, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). Featuring a range of stability and braking technologies, the VDC system steps in to help maintain your safety in extreme situations.

Constantly analysing through an array of sensors, VDC includes:

  • Electronic Stability Control: Helps you gain control if you unexpectedly understeer or oversteer, by applying brakes, reducing engine power and distributing torque.
  • Traction Control System: Helps you minimise your wheel slip by reducing engine power.
  • Anti-lock Braking System: Helps you stay in control by minimising stopping distance and maintaining vehicle control under brakes.
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution: Helps keep you safe by controlling the braking pressure to the front and rear wheels all the time.
  • Brake Assist: Helps you in emergency situations by maximising stopping power.

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Vision Assist

Now your wing mirrors will alert you when there’s something in your blind spot. Your car will guide you into a parking spot. We made all of this happen – and more – with Subaru’s Vision Assist technology.

Our proactive safety technologies are always at work:

  • Blind Spot Monitors
    If a vehicle is in your blind spot, a light symbol in your side mirror lights up – on either side of the car – to let you know.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    If you’re reversing and a vehicle is approaching from the side, you will receive an audible and visual warning.
  • Lane Change Assist
    If you’re changing lanes and a fast approaching vehicle is behind you, a light symbol will warn you of its presence.
  • High Beam Assist 
    If you’re approaching oncoming traffic at night, auto high beams will sense the road ahead and automatically switch to low beam.
  • Side View Monitor
    While you’re parking, side view monitor indicates the distance from the kerb or a parked vehicle.
  • Front View Monitor
    Designed for areas with poor visibility such as intersections and enclosed parking spaces, Front View Monitor lets you check the area immediately in front of the car on your Multi Function Display (MFD).

Subaru’s Vision Assist available on Subaru WRX Premium AWD, WRX STI Premium AWD and WRX STI spec.R AWD

A smarter, safer engine

The famous Subaru Boxer engine is not only a powerful performer; it also reduces the risk of injury in a severe frontal collision. This is because it’s designed to sit lower and flatter in the engine bay than traditional engines, so it will slide below the cabin – not through it – in a severe frontal collision.