I took out a 2019 STI and wow that car has come a long way. The suspension is substantially smoother, it's noticeably more quiet, it finally has decent infotainment and dealerships are willing to let them go for several grand under MSRP. They have even managed to fix some of the ECU/timing weirdness in the 2.5k - 3.5k range when it's coming on/off boost. I won't lie, I really, really enjoyed driving it. The car feels alive in the same way that things like the Evora, Exige and Miata feel alive. I really enjoyed the sensation of feeling the diffs engage and the steering pushing back when the front-end was washing out. It's something that I haven't felt in most cars you can buy today.
My only concern is I might have buyer's remorse as the 2021 STI is going to be on SGP and it's apparently a spectacular platform.
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I'll just leave this here:
I was also shocked by the visibility. It's been a while since I drove a STI, but wow. So much glass! Compared to the cars I've been driving (ATS, BRZ, Miata RF, C-TR, Chargers, various Lexus), it's like being in a fish tank.
Last edited by unhappymeal; 05-03-2019 at 07:14 PM.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
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Oh, and that was the only time in her life where she wanted/craved root beer. She won't touch it now, so don't hold out too much hope for the steak fascination after the baby comes. Sorry.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
It passed the PPI with flying colours. Tires are brand new OEM Continentals and brakes are at about 80%. The only question is if I buy the OEM Genesis extended warranty. The car is two years old with 37,000 km on the clock. It gets the balance of the Genesis comprehensive (5 years/74,000 km) and the balance of 10 years / 100,000 km power train. The Hyundai OEM extended warranty would go out to 140,000 km at a cost of $3,300. Not sure if I should buy it as it seems steep.
Picked it up last Friday and we took a 220 km road trip to the Kawartha Lakes. A few observations:
-Everyone was very, very comfortable and remarked on how quiet it was.
-It really absorbs bumps with aplomb.
-The dealership kindly (or perhaps unkindly) put a brand new set of OEM Continental ContisportContacts on the car. They are fairly loud compared to my preferred tires that I usually run (Michelin Super Sport PS4).
-Fuel economy was surprisingly good. I averaged 9 L / 100 km for the 440 km drive. It's about 20% more over the Miata for the same distance covered, but that's not bad for a car with 4x the horsepower, nearly double the mass and the ability to seat 4 in sumptuous comfort. Bonus points in that it takes 87 octane and only gains 10 horsepower going to premium. I am guessing the exhaust system is super restrictive.
-The Tau V8 is smooth and barely audible, but it has a nice growl when you get on it. It's the perfect engine for the car.
-The car has presence and generates unsolicited attention. I've had 5 random people come up to me since Friday to ask about the car. Comments have ranged from "I cannot believe this is Hyundai!" from an older gentlemen with a new BMW M5 to a wasted college girl coming up to us as we were leaving a restaurant to ask if it was Bentley. Having said to that, I am used to getting asked questions about my car as my previous one was the Miata RF.
-I am still getting used to how long the car is. The longest car I have had to date was an E46 chassis BMW and this is nearly three feet longer.-
-There are a few whiffs of cheapness where they shouldn't be: plastic paddle shifters and the creakiness of the plastic rear view mirror immediately jumped out at me. I know they had to lower costs somewhere, but you really shouldn't do it in key touch points. For a comparison, our Golf R has plastic paddle shifters but they are silent and the rear view mirror is rock solid and silent in adjustment.
-No CD player on 2017s. I should've done my homework better, but wow. Premium sound systems demand premium sound sources. I will be investing in a massive USB key and putting FLAC rips on it (confirmed that the head unit supports FLAC, MP3, WAV AND WMA).
-The Lexicon system is fantastic. It has wonderful clarity, good sound stage and a good amount of bass. I prefer it to the Mark Levinson system which is pretty muddy until you get into higher volume levels.
-The ventilated seats are a bit underwhelming. Having said that, most manufacturers have underwhelming ventilated seats as they usually just blow air. I think it's either FCA or Lexus who are novel and have ones that do the inverse and vacuum air away from the seat, which works really well.
-Qi wireless charging stops when playing audio over bluetooth. I don't know if it's a G90 problem or a Samsung problem.
-My wife noticed that I am way more relaxed on this car after a long drive in it than the Miata.
-The black paint has tonnes of metallic flake, but you wouldn't know it because it's be raining non-stop here.