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Meet the latest Subaru ImprezaBack

SubaruImpreza Summary

In May this year, Subaru UK brought the Impreza back to the UK after enjoying huge sales success in Japan and the US since its launch in 2012. Falling into the very popular C-Segment containing highly popular established models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the Impreza might not seem like the obvious choice, but it has got one thing going for it that the others don’t have, it comes with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard on every model.

Engine

Priced from £17,495, the new Impreza RC is limited to just one non-turbo 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine, but buyers can choose a five-speed manual or pay an extra £1,500 for models fitted with Subaru’s Lineartronic transmission. In official tests the 1.6-litre unit returned 44-46mpg but in reality, thanks to its slow acceleration, expect closer to 37mpg.

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The Impreza’s soft suspension soaks up lumps and bumps in the road with ease, although when out on the open road the 1.6-litre engine is slow to accelerate. Grip is good in all weather conditions thanks to the Impreza’s four-wheel drive capability, and light steering makes it a doddle to park, particularly with the standard-fit reversing camera to help. Refinement is good, with little engine noise (unless you opt for the CVT automatic gearbox), but the large wing mirrors do cause noticeable wind noise at motorway speed.

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The cabin is practical with plenty of room in the rear seats for two adults and there’s enough useful storage options dotted about the cabin and a large glove box. The Impreza sports a boot that’s the same size as the VW Golf, meaning it is plenty big enough to cope with a weekly shop or a buggy with ease. The dashboard has adopted its old design with large, simple to read dials, although the stereo is quite complicated to use

Equipment

The Subaru Impreza comes in just one spec known as the RC, and there are only two available extras with it, the automatic gearbox or a sat-nav system. We’d stick with the standard option which includes heated seats, power-folding wing mirrors, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and cruise control and four-wheel drive transmission.

Safety

The four-wheel drive on the new Subaru Impreza comes with many safety benefits of its own but you can also benefit from eight airbags as standard and it’s the only vehicle in its class to offer what Subaru calls “break away engine technology”, which in a frontal impact pushes the engine under the passenger compartment, rather than into it. Stability control also comes as standard, but some of the more advanced safety features that other rivals have, such as automatic braking from low speeds, are not included.

Should I buy one?

The Subaru Impreza does come with an impressive five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which is better than most rivals, and for the price, no other car in its class can offer four-wheel drive, but you can opt for a crossover such as the Skoda Yeti, which does. The Impreza certainly offers something unique to its class, but unless you’re a fan of the brand, we’d rather opt for a Volkswagen Golf.

Posted by Leana Kell on 22/10/2014