The Take-Five Review: Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Thu 3rd May 2018

‘A nimble hatchback’. That’s what Subaru’s UK website is saying about the new Impreza, a vehicle with enough room for the whole family and their suitcases too! Now in its fifth generation, Subaru have always had a loyal fan club for the sporty compact car and though the Japanese manufacturer is always aiming to diversify into a more family friendly zone.

However, with the Impreza 2.0i they are more likely to be playing to their regular crowd.
But what do the critics think?

Autocar.co.uk said: ‘It's safety first for Subaru's reimagined Impreza hatchback, but a thirsty engine and CVT gearbox don't make for a rewarding drive’
Carmagazine.co.uk said: ‘Will it trouble the mainstream class leaders? No. But with an impressive blend of equipment, cutting-edge safety tech, practicality and a near faultless reputation for reliability the Impreza would make a leftfield, yet capable choice providing the price is right.’
Autoexpress.co.uk said: ‘There’s no arguing the fact that Subaru’s latest Impreza sits head and shoulders above its predecessor. It is more spacious, more luxurious and better to drive, while coming loaded to the rafters with standard kit.’
Whatcar.com said: ‘There’s no way around it: the Impreza is expensive to buy. In fact, it’s priced more in line with the pricey Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI and sporty range-topping Skoda Octavia vRS. It’s worth pointing out that much cheaper versions of both of those rivals are still better than the Impreza.’
Topgear.com said: ‘However, the Impreza remains a likeable thing, chiefly because it is shiningly obvious to see that Subaru has put some real, concerted effort into improving both the chassis and the cabin of this hatchback. While the dashboard might not have Volkswagen’s interior designers running for cover, it is every bit as good as – if not better than – the main rivals Subaru cites, which are the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Auris.’