Review the 2017 2.0i-L Subaru Impreza
Subaru’s new Impreza is one of the rage of new people in 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 introduced model and the new platform mean that the new Subaru can attract buyers without rust to have a sturdy look.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
In terms of design, the car is said to be not as successful as hatch. It’s all in front but once you touch the back, the ratio is a bit strange – the boot seems too high and the chassis seems 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, speaking politely, is very unattractive 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 panels and the lamp looks 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 leap 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 vignette to make the seat look more beautiful, a bit like Audi, which is a nice effect.
The materials are a big step forward and the construction is a bit more thoughtful, although the steering wheel still has too many buttons and switches.
How realistic is the space inside?
Impreza does not feel like a small car inside. I could easily sit behind my driving position, with tons of empty rooms (I am 180cm tall), so those who sit in the lower back will be quite comfortable if a bit tight for the space that once passes through 185cm.
Each front and rear passenger has a pair of small cups and bottle holders 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?
The L is the second level offering in the Impreza range, starting at $ 27,980 for the sedan and $ 28,180 for the hatch. We had a silver sedan 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), starter keyless operation, remote central locking, electric mirrors, surrounding window power and saving spare 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?
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 slightly reduced compared to 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?
Subaru’s claimed combined cycle figure is 6.6L / 100km. A long, surprisingly uninterrupted long 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. How does it like to drive?
The new Impreza has a few titles, but what you really want to know is this – 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 noise isolation a lot easier, it just feels better.
It was a big improvement around. The cabin is much, much quieter and the car feels more planted. It will still be lacking, seemingly long before Mazda3 or i30, but again, it’s better than the car it replaces.