Subaru Impreza

3/5
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Verdict

The Subaru Impreza lacks the stylish appeal of competitors, but offers good comfort levels, a unique four-wheel-drive system and huge amount of kit.

Performance

The Subaru Impreza is available with just one engine option in Ireland. This is the 1.6 litre four cylinder RC petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The boxer engine that Subaru uses is good on economy but short on performance. From cold start, it can be quite vocal but warms to a reasonable hum. It gets 115bhp and 150Nm of torque so it is happy rambling around town and is a decent cruiser on the open road. There is also the high performance WRX STI model that packs a 2.5 litre turbo charged engine with 300bhp, but this is special order only.

Ride & Handling

The standard hatchback 1.6 Impreza is far from its toughest competitors like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus when it comes to driving dynamics. It may pack a clever four-wheel-drive system, but it is slow to change direction in the corners, feels wallowy and there is a considerable amount of body roll evident too. The upside to this softness is a comfortable ride that absorbs everyday road imperfection in its stride. It is particularly supple on motorway journeys. Its four-wheel-drive system is a handy addition if you require traction on varying surfaces, but its standard hatchback ride height means you won’t be taking over anything more than a flat field.

Refinement

The Subaru Impreza hatchback is available with just one trim level. This is the RC 5MT & Lineartronic specification. It comes with a massive amount of kit as standard that includes Bluetooth, rear view camera, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Leather steering wheel and gear knob, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, daytime LED’s, auto headlights, auto wipers, a roof spoiler and 16 inch alloy wheels. It is a very impressive standard spec.

Quality & Reliability

Climbing aboard the Impreza, first impressions are of a cabin that displays function rather than form. Like the exterior design, it lacks any flair and feels far from any of the aforementioned rivals above. The dashboard is constructed from a mix of standard quality dark materials with contrast aluminium or wood style inserts. While there is no real doubting the build quality, it just looks and feels drab compared to its competitors.

Safety & Security

The Impreza hatchback has never undergone Euro NCAP crash safety tests, but it does come with a host of safety features and technology. This includes electronic stability control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, hill start assist, vehicle dynamics control, tyre pressure monitor and a full set of airbags.

Space & Practicality

There is a decent amount of space in the cabin of the Impreza with ample head and legroom for two adults in the back seat. Access to the rear is also made easier by wide opening rear doors. Three children across the back seats would be very comfortable. Storage within the cabin is good too packing large door pockets, a nice sized glovebox and a central cubby. Boot space is decent too with 380 litre boot and rear seats that fold forward complete with a boot floor that rises to make it one flat opening.

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Key Facts

Make

Subaru

Model
Impreza
Variant
1.6i RC
Trim
RC
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2011
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€26,995
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
6.4
Average km/L
15.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
859 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€16.82
CO2 emmissions
147 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU5

Performance

Brake Horsepower
112 bhp
Max Power kW
84
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1600
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
179 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
13.1 s
L/100km Urban
9.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.70 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
380 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Mileage
160,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
380 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
225/55 R16 mm
Tyre size back
225/55 R16 mm
Rim size
15 x 6J mm
Length
4580 mm
Width
1740 mm
Height
1465 mm
Wheel Base
2645 mm
Front Track (mm)
1465
Rear Track (mm)
1515
Kerb weight
1310 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Boxer
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
McPherson
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
112 bhp
2 Variants
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Hatchback
€26,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 112 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 13.1 s
  • New Price €26,995
Hatchback
€26,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 1 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 112 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 13.8 s
  • New Price €26,995