2019 Subaru Impreza Review | carsales

2019 Subaru Impreza Review | carsales


Winter is nearly upon us but it’s not all
bad. The footie is back or in my case the Moto
GP and coffee seems to taste that little bit better on chilly winter mornings. This is also the time of year that the Subaru
Impreza comes into its own thanks to its combination of four-wheel drive, great interior proportions,
and excellent cabin ergonomics. As snow cars go this one ticks all the important
boxes. The Impreza is a stalwart for Subaru. Sold in Australia since 1992. The familiar recipe hasn’t simple enticed
snow goers either with tens of thousands of Aussies parking the small hatch or sedan in
their driveway at one point or another. The fifth generation model first released
in late 2016 plays to some familiar strengths. The car that we’re in sits at the pointy
end of the Impreza line-up at 30 grand before on road costs. For that you’re getting excellent rear seat
proportions and aiding to touchscreen with Apple Car play and Android auto and plenty
of space for odds and ends. It’s really well thought out with the way
that the cabin is put together. Like all Subaru’s there’s a really nice
approachable user-friendly feel to the Impreza. It doesn’t have the biggest boot in this
segment but there is ample space for trips away. At that money the Subaru saves you about $6,000
compared with the more popular XV with which it shares its underpinnings. It does so while repping Subaru’s excellent
eyesight safety system along with lifetime capped price servicing and a five-year warrantee. All Impreza’s use the same two-litre naturally
aspirated boxer petrol engine. If I’m honest it’s not the most efficient
nor the snappiest performer and the combination of a CVT automatic means that it often makes
more noise and revs then it does response. That said though in isolation it’s not a
bad drive train and it certainly isn’t adverse to longer road trips. From a [unclear] perspective the Impreza is
more trusty and dependable than it is agile and exciting. The all-drive system gives you a nice safety
net on slippery roads and the ride and handling balance is quite strong. There’s a good mix of sportiness but also
comfort especially on 18-inch wheels. There’s certainly nothing offensive about
any of this but the Impreza is probably not class leading in any one area. Particularly when it comes to road noise. In many respects the Impreza does exactly
as Subaru promises. Safety is excellent and this is still the
only all-wheel drive offering at this end of the market. That may not resonate strictly with city buyers
but for snow goers it means everything.