I guess the point is they were so close that little subjective things like that could have made it go either way.
If lap times are within hundredths of a second of each other with the Evo winning most of the performance tests, except straight-line acceleration, the subjective ratings are what really make the difference.
The people who plan to actually race their own car in a "stock" class would probably do better with the Evo, IF they are decent drivers. In anything other than the production classes, there is really no way to compare how the cars will do.
With better fit & finish (which I'm a big fan of; that's why I'm still a little worried about having to get an aftermarket stereo), better road manners, and still 99% of the cornering performance of the Evo, for me the choice is clear.
In fact, the STi is so nearly sorted "just right", there are only two things I would change: a pair of JDM front seats, and perhaps a bigger rear sway-bar.