Hi there -
I have a 2012 Sport Hatchback 2.0. In general, I like the car but it has a few foibles, namely rattles and interior noise.
In addition to the above, I feel that the tires a bit "clompy" over small, sharp-edged bumps and other abrupt imperfections. I am thinking of Continental DWS tires for a replacement (eventually) since they are reputed to be a bit quieter, more capable in inclement weather and softer ride quality.
In fact, I was thinking of upgrading size from 205/50/17 to 215/50/17 to help give just a bit more sidewall to help impact harshness.
This led me to wonder if anyone (perhaps a Subaru employee or salesperson) has ever driven a base with 15" back to back with a mid-line with the 16" wheels back to back with the 17" wheels from the Sport...and could comment.
I think the additional rotational mass and sheer weight of the largest wheels contributes to this clompiness, but I am wondering if it is a large difference or a small one.