Subaru Impreza Review
Subaru Impreza is a compact car which was introduced by Japanese automobile division of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru in the year 1992. Subaru was actually launched as a replacement to Subaru Leone and and has underwent four generations of productions till today. Subaru Impreza in its current fourth generation is found in 2 body styles as a sedan and a hatchback. Subaru Impreza in its present generation is sold under the nameplate of Subaru XV as well in many countries. The exteriors and interiors of Subaru Impreza are taken from Subaru Levorg and the compact car carries a front engine layout with front/all wheel drive. Subaru Impreza is made available in a single engine in Philippines automobile market. The 2.0-litre powerful petrol engine of Subaru Impreza with DOHC, Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission and Active valve control mechanism liberates a maximum power of 150 PS at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 196 Nm at 4200 rpm. Impreza accelerates from standstill to 100 kmph in 14 seconds crossing the speed limit of 175 kmph by its petrol engine. The average combined fuel efficiency over highways and city roads is found to be 7.5 litres over 100 kilometres. The eye-captivating exterior features of Subaru Impreza involve an active front grille with chrome outline on it that consists of Subaru logo placed on it. The front HID headlamps with fog lamps illuminate your way in darkness and enhances safety as well. The aerodynamic character of Impreza is influenced via the sleek lines flowing form one end to other with its curvy front and rear bumpers.
The rear end of Subaru Impreza is embraced by LED taillights, roof antennae, single exhaust outlet with stainless tip and rear tailgate with LED high mounted stop lamp. The luxury interior features carried by Subaru Impreza inculcates an instrument cluster with analog speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauges in it which are capable enough to keep you updated each second while driving. Entertainment of passengers is taken care by stereo system integrated with AM, FM, Radio and CD player in it with AUX and USB connectivity. Interior comfort to the passengers is granted by leather trimmed upholstery, manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats. Safety in Subaru Impreza is ensured by its 4 channel anti-lock braking system mated in all four wheels with electronic brake force distribution. Protection during a collision is provided by 7 airbags which includes front, side and curtain airbags in it. Stability during high speed and irregular road surfaces is embraced by Vehicle stability control. Other safety features includes brake assist system, engine immobilizer and more.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The combined fuel consumption resulted by the premium unleaded petrol engine of 2.0 litres of Subaru Impreza is found to be 7.5 litres over 100 kilometres on an average over highways and city roads.
The 2.0 liter petrol engine of Subaru Impreza with DOHC, inline 4 cylinders and 16 valves produces maximum power of 150 PS at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 196 Nm at 4200 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
Subaru Impreza reaches to a top speed of 175 kmph accelerating form 0-100 kmph in 12.8 seconds, which may be a slight disappointing figure considering the power embedded with the car.
Subaru Impreza is found in 2 body styles as a hatchback and a sedan. A striking impression over the viewers is created by attractive front grille with chrome outlining on it, redesigned hawk lights and eye-catching front bumper styling. The front fog lights with hawk shaped front headlamps with auto-levelizer not only embraces its front end but also enhances visibility at night. The front radiator grille with Subaru logo mounted on it also complements to its front fascia. The door mirrors comprises of built-in LED turn signal indicators in it and helps reducing wind noise and also provides better visibility. The large panoramic sunroof embraces your journey by extending outer view and allows fresh breezes to come across while driving. The rear fascia of Subaru Impreza includes a single exhaust outlet with stainless tip on it, LED tail lights, roof antennae and rear tailgate with LED high mounted stop lamp integrated on it. The body coloured front and rear bumpers with chrome accented body coloured door handles also contributes in extending its alluring exteriors. The exterior color tones availed by Subaru Impreza are Satin White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Jasmine Green Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl and Venetian Red Pearl.
The powerful hatch back body of Subaru Impreza is packed within the dimension of 4585 x 1740 x 1465 mm (L X W XH) with decent wheelbase clocking 2645 mm.
The roomy interior features of Subaru Impreza are emphasized by an decently styled instrument cluster which integrates an analog speedometer in it with tachometer, fuel gauges and eco fuel economy. The digital trip computer mainly focuses on displaying average vehicle speed, digital clock, ambient temperature and more keeping the driver every second updated about the necessary vehicle details. The manually adjustable CFC free air conditioning system with 4 speed fan, airflow direction and rotary controls adjust a desired temperature inside the car with respect to outside temperature and creates a homely feeling. The auto-dimming mirrors comes integrated with Homelink system and darkens automatically whenever headlights are detected from behind the vehicle. The cruise control can be controlled electronically and the 3 spoke steering wheel comprises of audio, Bluetooth and cruise control buttons on it. Subaru Impreza welcomes you and waves a good bye by its welcome lighting which automatically gets lightened up while approaching inside the vehicle or departing form the vehicle.
Inside the Impreza, you will find 6 manually adjustable driver's seat so as to enhance the comfort level while driving with 4 way manually adjustable front passenger's seat. All the passenger seats are heated and comprised of leather trimmed upholstery, that too available in two colour tones. The front cup holders allows you to keep beverages secure and the standard center console raises your comfort level by allowing you to keep your small belongings safely. The 12V power supply allows you to keep your phone charged anytime you want. Rest of the comfort level while driving is enhanced via 4 way adjustable steering column with tilt-up and down and telescope in and out feature.
The hatchback model of Subaru Impreza offers a decent cargo space of 450 litres which is extended to 1080 litres by folding the rear seats to 60:40 ratio.
Engine and Performance
A long lasting performance output with smooth and exciting handling in Subaru Impreza is offered by its Subaru Boxer engine. The refined vigorous single engine variant of 2.0 litres with Double Overhead Camshafts and an improvised Active valve control, Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission specifications burns out a maximum power of 150 PS at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 196 Nm at 4200 rpm. The Boxer engine produces less noise and generates an efficient fuel economy. The Subaru engine is known for its reliable performance and better durability.
Stereo and Accessories
The new Subaru Impreza is embraced with a high technology integrated entertainment system with metallic accents that all together contributes in creating a luxury and sporty feeling. Impreza comes standard with a sound system comprised of a single CD system with Radio player and MP3 compatibility. A mind blowing sound inside the car is created via its 4 speakers engineered in each corner with amplifier. An audio visual entertainment is created with the help of 6.2-inch touch screen LCD display that further provides you a 3.5 mm axillary jack with USB port and iPod connectivity. The hands-free technology with Bluetooth connectivity allows you to make calling while driving as well.
Subaru Impreza is sporty with 16 inches alloy wheels with silver finish and 17 inches aluminium wheels. The 16 inches alloy wheel consists of a tire size of 205/55 R16 and the 17 inches aluminium wheels consists of a tire size of 205/50 R17.
Braking and Handling
Subaru Impreza is designed to deliver a sporty riding experience along with efficient braking. The 4 wheel disc brakes with ventilated disc brakes in front and solid disc brakes in rear are locked with an electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock braking system. Suspension system in Subaru Impreza is handed by McPherson strut type front with stabilizer bar and Double wishbone rear with stabilizer bar.
Safety and Security
Subaru comes packed with an ample of active and passive safety features in it for the passengers safety. The active safety features includes a ring shaped reinforcement frame that does not allow the heat to pass through it and dissipate impact produced during a collision away from the passengers. The front, side and curtain airbags included by Subaru Impreza is designed to keep the occupants safe with an overall package of 7 airbags in it including knee airbag for the driver as well. With the help of rear vision camera, you can easily park in tight spots with least chances of collision and also take reverse with an ease. The Latch system with child door rear locking system ensures that your kids are having a safe driving experience. The seat belts are mated with 2 point ELR, load limiters and pre-tensioners in it for a better safety. Rest of the safety features included by Subaru Impreza are tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist system, brake override system, traction control system, engine immobilizer and vehicle dynamics control.
- Roomy interior
- Decent fuel economy
- High build quality
- Noisy CVT transmission
- Numb Steering
- Tepid acceleration