With its bullet-proof build quality and startling turn of speed, the Impreza attracted a huge number of fans who had the ability to own and drive a true world-class rally sports car. Because this is where the Impreza really did cut its teeth on the rally courses of the world and the new WRX STI has made a welcome return to those who enjoy impressive levels of motoring abilities. Subaru have gone to great lengths to ensure that the Impreza will be just as good as its forebears and have tested the car around the world including the famous Nurburgring in Germany.
There's no doubt that the Impreza is enormously fun to drive and the entry level models bring great performance at a reasonable price. The car has all-wheel drive which means that it grips the road in all sorts of weather and conditions to bring driving confidence and performance. Indeed, Subaru have polished this side of its offering and offers the Impreza with active torque vectoring which delivers the maximum control and yet delivers thrilling driver engagement. There's also vehicle dynamics control to ensure that the driver retains control. These additions are supported by damper and spring rates that have been retuned to make the ride more compliant while keeping the body composed and the electronic power steering provides a more direct response and feel.
Powered by strong engines, Subaru have put its 2.5 litre turbocharged Boxer under the bonnet which produces 305 bhp along with a six speed gearbox which has a shorter throw to offer a sportier, slicker feel to the shift. For those who need to know: its top speed is 160mph and it will reach 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. Economy isn’t the best though – it will only return around 19mpg on the combined cycle. However, there's plenty of space on board, especially for elbow and shoulder room since the car is slightly longer than previous incarnations, and the A-pillars have also been moved forwards slightly to add extra space. The most notable addition with a larger cabin is that Subaru have added a quarter light to the front window which helps give better visibility all-round. There's also more space in the boot and for the door pockets. There's also a new D-shaped steering wheel, that is much smaller than before, which helps give the driver a feel of how the car's handling and designers have added soft touch materials to the cabin’s key areas. There are also new dials and carbon-effects to help give the car’s interior a sporty feel; it’s certainly a more premium look to the interior of the Impreza than there was before.
Why not have a look at the Impreza on the official Subaru UK company web site and get the latest news about the Impreza in the UK at The UK Subaru Owners' Club. You may also like to see what they're saying about it on the Top Gear web site.
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