The 2017 2.0i-L Subaru Impreza
Subaru’s new Impreza is one of the rage of newcomers in the small car space that will fall in the last twelve months. Interestingly, one of the trio landed on completely new platforms – the other two were the Honda Civic and Hyundai i30 / Elantra pair.
For the first time, the Impreza bears many similarities with the car the idea that the model was introduced and the new platform means that the new Subaru can attract buyers without rust to have a sturdy look.
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 7
In terms of design, the car is said to be not as successful as hatch. It was all in front but once you turned back, the odds were a bit strange – the boot seemed too high and the chassis seemed to be ripped like a Red Bull F1 car (not an eye), But it is still a reasonably clean design.
The old Impreza has bits everywhere and, politely speaking, very unappealing when looking at. If you already have a few hundred dollars and are worried about your appearance, click your tongue in the 18s or spend some money on STi accessories.
The back is more suitable for Japanese plates and the lights look a bit square, but after the old, anything better will do. Then again, Subaru’s target market is not led by style, so it is not a negotiable tool.
The biggest attraction of the cabin is the increase in quality. There’s nothing wrong with the old Impreza’s interior, it’s just wrapped in plastic panels for cheap rental and has a little blah. While decoration is fabric, it is distinguished by some vague motifs to make the seat look more beautiful, a bit like Audi, which is a nice effect.
How realistic is the space inside? October 7
Impreza does not feel like a small car inside. I can easily sit behind my driving position, with tons of empty rooms (I am 180cm tall), so those who sit in the back will be quite comfortable if a bit tight for the space once passed about 185cm.
Each front and rear passenger gets a pair of small cups and racks at each door. The center console has a storage capacity greater than one liter with two USB ports along with the next two ports in a storage slot under climate control.
Boot space is 460 liters generous, superior to the top Mazda3, but the Civic and Elantra are still bigger.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 7
L is the second level offering in the Impreza range, starting from $ 27,980 for the sedan and $ 28,180 for the hatch. We had a silver convertible that didn’t let you add a doll anymore, which was a great start.
Standard is 17-inch wheels, six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, ‘EyeSight’ safety package, reversing camera, fabric interior, cruise control (with distance control), boot keyless, remote central locking, surrounding window power mirrors and saving backup space.
The six-speaker stereo provided by Subaru’s ‘Starlink’ vehicle system has made a unique appearance in this newer version. The 8.0-inch screen is bright and clear (too bright at night, even when turning on the auto brightness), the system also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, matching the i30 and beating the Mazda3 to that specific score. However, a bit slow to answer, this may be a bit tiring.
Select factory? Nobody.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? 6/10
Subaru (thankfully) still exists with the four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine and all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter unit serves up to 115kW / 196Nm, which is suitable for the segment, if it drops a bit compared to its competitors in terms of torque.
All four wheels are converted to Subaru’s linear CVT, which has a torque converter to help limit the worst redundancy of CVT-itis.
How much fuel does it consume? October 7
Subaru’s claimed combined cycle figure is 6.6L / 100km. A long, surprisingly uninterrupted run along Sydney’s M2 has provided 4.8L / 100km designated before traffic increases to 8.4L / 100km during the week, not really a bad effort.
Impreza’s range is slightly hindered by a small 50-liter tank.
What does it like to drive? October 7
The new Impreza has a few titles, but what you really want to know is this one – it’s 70 percent stiffer than the old one. You may want to know why that is good.
The harder a car is, the better because engineers don’t have to compromise much on ride and handling. It also makes it a lot easier to isolate noise and god, it just feels better.
It is a big improvement around. The cabin is much, much quieter and the car feels more planted. It will still be lacking, seemingly long before the Mazda3 or i30, but again, it’s better than the car it replaces.
The transmission is Subaru’s best effort for the CVT auto, albeit quite why you put a torque converter into the mix when you can place a solid six-speed car on anyone, but Subaru uses people who are much smarter than me, so I’m sure they know what they’re doing. There was no usual moan and glow that seemed full, a sharp contrast to the Levorg I drove last year.
It is quite slow, though. Crossing the border is something you will need to plan and although it is one of the better CVTs, you need to lower it by paddle (there are seven artificial steps in the line) or be ready to wait. The single country roads will mean a lot of time trapped behind caravans. We are talking auto hatchback slowly.
According to other complaints, the halogen headlights are slightly weak, the touch screen is very slow to react and has a space-saving widget.
In addition, the ‘big’ button of the remote control, Subaru logo, does not lock the car, but unlocks. This may be just a different car syndrome every week, but I think the easiest button to press is the car lock.
What safety equipment is equipped? What is safety assessment? October 7
The Impreza comes with seven airbags, ABS, stability control and traction (as well as all-wheel drive), brake force allocation, brake assist and reversing camera, all rated safety. ANCAP five stars.
There are three top child seats and two ISOFIX positions.
Here on L is where EyeSight launches in scope. While a madman is screaming and screaming for disturbing you in Forester, it’s a much calmer system in the Impreza (and Liberty and Outback).
EyeSight refers to a pair of cameras in the front sweep windshield and provides data for front collision warning, active cruise control and AEB. It was quite clever and did not tolerate the failures I had encountered before in Levorg and Forester.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? October 7
Imprezas is Subaru’s unlimited three-year / km warranty and one-year roadside assistance in the form of membership with your local advocacy organization (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, etc.).