The fifth-generation Impreza arrived in Australia in December 2016 as an all-new model. It was given Lane Keeping Assist as a standard EyeSight function in late 2017 and in February 2020 the Impreza received a facelift.
The top spec Impreza is the 2.0i-S and the hatch starts at $35,300 plus all of the dealer and on-road costs. This is also $210 more than the sedan in the same spec.
One thing the Subaru brand is hell-bent on committing to is all-wheel drive across its range. They have been doing this for the longest time and where their competitors benefit from selling front-drive cars for less, if you want that extra bit of safety the AWD does it.
The sole engine available with the Subaru Impreza is a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder. When teamed with the continuously variable automatic transmission, it uses about 7.0 litres/100km on the official test and around that in our test.
While the small sedan and hatch is being well out sold by SUVs, there is a market for them and the hatch is both decent looking and packed with goodies.
The 2.0i-S comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated and power-folding wing-mirrors, a sunroof, full LED (and steering-responsive) front lighting, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, and heated front seats with eight-way power adjust on the driver’s side.
On the muiltimedia front there’s a decent 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android auto, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and built-in nav, which is mated to a six-speaker audio system.
The interior is nicely finished, with high-quality soft-touch plastics and tasteful matte or chrome highlights. The steering wheel has a nice feel but it is beginning to get very F1ish with the amount of buttons; I counted 15 before losing interest.
Often in a hatch the rear seat passengers get forgotten and there is barely enough room to take a Shih Tzu. However Subaru have given excellent amounts of room. There’s plenty of airspace for knees, plus the seats and doors are finished in plush matching leather trim.
When on the road the Impreza feels poised and fluid from behind the wheel, pushing crisply into bends with fine support at the rear from its sophisticated double-wishbone suspension. Grip levels are high, and the more you ask of the car the more you respect its abilities.
Car and Bike New Opinion
The Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Hatch as a complete car is not a bad bit of gear. As an everyday car it has a load of safety features and the all-wheel drive adds that little bit more protection. However it is not an exciting car nor is it one that really just pops.
It is safe and sometimes the word safe means boring but in this case it is not boring but it is not exciting either. If it is safety and transport you want with a touch of niceties and not bad style the Impreza is something to look at.