Car Review: Subaru Impreza – Pretty impressive

There’s a new Subaru small car in town and it is pretty impressive.

The fifth generation Impreza may not look much different to the models before it but under that skin is a new underbody structure, the first model built on Subaru’s global platform.

I’d be lying to say I noticed any great difference in ride handling and performance from the new platform, but it is fact that I’ve always been impressed with Subaru on this front and the new Impreza has not changed that opinion.

Every time lately that I have slid behind the wheel of a Subaru I’ve noted the strength and quality of the build. The Impreza is no different. It continues the stream of solid and honest cars.

The new Impreza brings a three-model/four-variant line up and hits the road for as little as $22,400 plus on roads for the 2.0i for the sedand and an extra $200 for the hatch model.

The base gets plenty of kit in it, and has the five-star ANCAP safety rating, despite missing out on the proclaimed EyeSight feature the rest of the range gets.

In the kit bag for the base car are:  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, touchscreen multimedia system,17-inch rims and rear tinted windows.

Safety steps up a notch in the 2.0i-L at the price of $24,490 before on-roads with the EyeSight camera-operated safety system that adds auto emergency braking, pedestrian avoidance and advanced radar cruise control.

The extra dollars also buys an upgraded version of the 8.0-inch multimedia screen and leather wrapped wheel and shifter, as well as LED daytime running lamps and foglights.

Taking the plunge on the 2.0i-Premium at $26,290 for the sedan plus $200 for the hatch as is the case across the range, will get you a sunroof and satellite navigation.

The top of the range 2.0i-S at $28,990 takes safety to the extreme by adding Vision Assist to the EyeSight system that adds blind spot monitoring, lane change assistance and rear cross traffic alert.

It also gets 18-inch alloys, active, active torque vectoring, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, part-leather trim, a powered driver’s seat and steering-active LED headlights.

Functionality is the order of the day inside the Impreza and it centres around the 8.0 inch multimedia touchscreen mastering the controls from audio, car settings, trip computers and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

It also contains the controls for Subaru’s EyeSight safety system and satellite navigation on higher spec models.

The 2.0-litre boxer engine produces 115kW  and 196Nm of torque and the only transmission offered is the Continuously Variable Transmission (auto). The range topping 2.0i-S model consumes 7.2 litres per 100km while the rest of the range drinks a claimed 6.6 litres per 100km.

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