subaru-imprezaThe Car
The Impreza is one of Subaru’s top selling models and it comes a little pricier than other models in the same segment due to the fact that all of the cars in this range are all-wheel-drive models. Only a 1.6-litre petrol is available but with the option of a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s also only 1 trim level – the RC but it is well decked out in standard kit including electric windows, Bluetooth phone connection, automatic rain-sensing wipers, alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, dual-zone climate control and cruise control. Sat-nav however needs to be paid for.

The latest iteration of the Impreza comes with an updated infotainment system which is simpler to use and better in terms of looks. There are now also revised audio controls on the steering wheel, metal accents on the air con vents and front door arm rests.

The Impreza scores 5 stars on the ANCAP. It comes with 2 front airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard.

The Drive
The Impreza’s 4-wheel drive pretty much sets the tone for how it performs and it takes corners well enough and is well behaved when in urban landscape. The car feels a bit slow to start though and we can’t say we had fun driving it. Going uphill makes the engine sputter a little and overtaking can be a bit of a problem.

The Impreza does have light steering which makes parking and manoeuvring easy, but it can eat petrol when you’re trying to get somewhere on the highway. Unfortunately you might find yourself flooring it more often than not to get where you want to go in a hurry.

It makes up in stability though and you won’t have to worry about slippery or wet roads. Even getting into some sand or mud isn’t much of an issue for the Impreza. Don’t be too overambitious though, you don’t have the height clearance to get into the real outback, but you’ll be able to get through puddles and gravel without too much of an issue.

The Interior
The interior is simple and functional. In terms of quality and durability, we don’t like how it looks too much and it can feel quite dated inside. But it is well designed with all the controls in easy to reach places. It’s comfortable enough with leather seats and sunroof too but it definitely won’t be scoring points on the luxury front.

There are nice holes sprinkled around the cabin for storage and there is a fair amount of space for all passengers. The doorways are big and easy enough for people to get in and out but as most sedans go, the middle seats are quite unforgiving, especially with the transmission tunnel in the way. There are 2 isofix child seat anchors in the back so you can look at the Impreza as a famile vehicle though.

The Boot size measures up to 340L for the hatchback, and 460L for the sedan. With the rear seats down, you get up to 771L.

Overall
The 4-wheel drive is the pro and the con here in the Impreza but you will get lots of standard equipment. It’s a pretty practical and reliable car with a decent driving experience at the expense of its fuel economy. If you’re keen to find out more about what the costs look like for the Subaru Impreza, give us a ring to ask for new car financing figures today!