Drive – Subaru Impreza Review

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Make Model Impreza 2.0i $23,990 plus on-road Engine Size 2.0-litre Country Of Origin Japan 164g/km (man), 157g/km Fuel Consumption 7.1L/100km 6.8L/100km (auto) Kerb 1345kg (man), 1385kg Power 110kW at 6200rpm Equipment 7 airbags; stability Torque 196Nm at 4200rpm Wheels 6-speed manual or CVT 4WD

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Mention Impreza and the hot-shot WRX is what people relate with the But the most affordable Subaru is the company’s entrant in the hot-selling and fast-growing – small-car

Caught in the crossfire of a sales in which other big players outsold the Subaru, the Impreza has reloaded in the form of an all-new car is better prepared for an increasingly battle.

Sticking to a familiar formula, generation four brings a new and fresh styling inside and As before, it’s still as a sedan and a hatch.

Price and

Subaru isn’t playing in the end of the small-car market, instead straight to the second tier pricing that starts at plus on-road and dealer For that you get automatic airconditioning, control, trip computer, USB and DataDots, a theft deterrent. The single-CD sound system is special, though.


are seven airbags (dual front side, side and driver’s knee) and stability which contribute to a five-star safety rating.


For another $3000 the adds things such as wheels, dual-zone controls for the reversing camera, foglights and a central display.


The 2.0i-S adds a body kit and styling tweaks, unique and things such as alloy The auto transmission that’s a option on other models is in the S’s $31,490 price.

the bonnet

With the new body a new engine, but it’s the same and layout – the trademark with pairs of cylinders each other – as the model. The 2.0-litre delivers a 110kW of power, with peaking at 196Nm.


torque limit arrives at though, and it’s not brilliantly with flexibility at 2000 or which is where the engine spend most of its time. The can be a lethargic feel at lower if you leave the manual in a taller Even when calling on revs there’s a reluctance takes the edge off the performance.


Combined with a six-speed manual, it makes for a around-town experience. The CVT (continuously transmission) auto does a job, jumping from a more enthusiastically and helping the most of the engine.


The system works OK, refiring although there’s a mild of the headlights on start-up. It helps fuel use down to decent with consumption of about litres per 100 kilometres achievable town (the claimed is 7.1L/100km for the manual and 6.8L/100km for the


As with all Subarus now, at least) it drives all wheels, which can reduce the of wheelspin, although it has to be a very road for any meaningful benefit.

How it

The Impreza instantly asserts as a competent tourer, with yet predictable steering. There’s a feel through corners and is respectable.


More is the refinement, with the Impreza a decent job of shielding occupants road and wind noise; a comfortable cabin to travel in and is at speed.


The ride, too, is respectably and well controlled, settling from big bumps, although the suspension can reach its limit a decent bump.

Comfort and

The Impreza it replaces was off the pace it came to interior presentation, hard plastics presented in greys.


No surprises, that Subaru injected a bit of time into spicing up inside. The new look is certainly appealing, with darker giving it a more upmarket Finely striped and textured on the centre console are a nice too, partially masking the plastics in other areas.

Disappointingly, though, are the digital which lack the panache of rivals, and at night one of the central has to be dimmed separately to the main


Getting comfortable is too, although taller may wish for another centimetre or two of travel. Big mirrors help above-average vision, though. space is generous by small-car particularly with headroom.

The boot of the hatch is less although good enough for the gear, and it’s helped by a function. The retractable luggage though, doesn’t automatically away when you open the so it can be fiddly to use.

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