Review - Subaru Impreza
March 28, 2021
The Subaru Impreza is a safe, smart, and stylish entry-level car.
Let’s run through the features. The standard Subaru Impreza comes with a five-star ANCAP safety rating, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and alloy wheels.
If you upgrade to the Premium model, you also get a dual-zone climate control, 8.0-inch touch-screen, front fog lights, tyre pressure monitoring, and a more bells-and-whistles display atop the dash. The Premium also gets a sunroof and satellite navigation. The EyeSight package that utilises cameras atop the windscreen includes radar cruise control and autonomous emergency braking with object detection.
They’ve also upgraded on a luxury level. The interior of the Impreza looks great and has a premium feel to it that some much pricier cars can’t match. The infotainment system feels state of the art, though the navigation system has a few kinks that need to be worked out.
Cabin space in the Impreza is pretty much faultless, even in the rear seats. Only basketball player sized passengers will feel cramped. There’s a respectable 460L boot space with one of those space saving tires. Good for fitting extra luggage or groceries but annoying if you actually blow a tire.
Now let’s get down to how the car drives. The Impreza shields you from the bumps and noises of the road, balances beautifully and handles well. The breaking is very impressive and the fuel economy is pretty good too. The all-wheel drive gives you a sense of safe and control when driving and the Impreza is one of the only small cars on the market fitted with an all-wheel drive.
But there are some compromises. The combination of the CVT transmission and the 2.0-litre engine robs the car of any driving oomph. The Impreza feels a little dozy and it’s worth noting that Mazda, Holden and Ford all have higher-powered engine choices at this price range.
Overall, this is a great little car for its price point. The Impreza looks great inside and out. It’s a quiet, comfortable car to drive with great safety features and sure-footed handling that impresses at the limit.
Five specs you need to know
- Engine: 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder
- Transmission: CVT automatic
- Drive type: All-wheel drive
- ANCAP: Five stars (scored 35.80 out of 37)
- Official fuel economy: 7.2L/100km
- Looks sleek and stylish.
- Great handling.
- Excellent active and passive safety.
- Comfy classy interior.
- Great cabin space for its class.
- Infotainment system is easy to use.
- Not much oomph to this engine.
- No manual or higher-powered option.
- Navigation system has some bugs in it.
- Space-saver spare wheel.