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Subaru Impreza Review

First released in Japan in 1992, the Impreza was introduced as the compact sedan version of the Legacy and came in a four-door sedan model and five-door hatchback or wagon….

Subaru Impreza Review

First released in Japan in 1992, the Impreza was introduced as the compact sedan version of the Legacy and came in a four-door sedan model and five-door hatchback or wagon. It has seen many improvements over the years and currently the fifth generation Impreza, which was introduced at the New York international Auto Show in 2016, is still being used. The 2019 model boasts impressive systems like EyeSight Driver Assist and Active Torque Vectoring.

The Impreza, which is used as a police vehicle in countries like Japan and Australia, has also won numerous world rally championships – making it both a comfortable sedan car for every day citizens as well as a powerful and responsive sports car too.

Let’s take a look at the Subaru Impreza review, looking at the features that the current Impreza generations on offer as well as an overview of the Subaru Impreza price review.

Subaru Impreza Sedan in South Africa Safety features 5 star

Subaru Impreza Price Review

Why you should consider the Subaru Impreza?

The question really is, why shouldn’t you consider it. The Subaru Impreza is the perfect sedan for young city types as well as a reliable family car for those wanting a bit more vooma in their hatchback. Let’s have a comparative look now at the Subaru Impreza performance review.

Subaru Impreza Model Comparison

Currently there are two Subaru Impreza models, namely; the 2.0i CVT and the 2.0i-S ES CVT models. Take a look at the shortened comparison table between the two models

2.0i CVT2.0i-S ES CVT
Roof spoiler & Roof railsYes Yes
Power sliding, tilt-adjustable sunroofNoYes
Steering wheel mounted audio, mobile and cruise control switchesYesYes (with EyeSight Control)
Touch Screen Infotainment System with 6-speaker CD system & Bluetooth Hands Free Functionality6.2-inch8.0-inch
EyeSight Driver Assist System (Pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management etc)NoYes
Rear CameraYesYes
7 x SRS AirbagsYesYes
Symmetrical All-wheel Drive SystemYesYes
Vehicle Dynamics Control SystemYesYes
X-modeYesYes
Active Torque VectoringNoYes
Fuel Consumption (litres/100km)7.37.3
Max Speed (in top gear)194km/hr194km/hr
PriceR413 000R475 000

The main difference between the 2019 and 2020 models is that Symmetrical All-wheel Drive comes standard in all models in the 2020 range. The infotainment system in the 2020 models have also been upgraded to feature the Subaru Starlink multimedia system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto technology.

New Subaru Impreza vs Used Subaru Impreza

When looking at used Subaru Impreza reviews and others got hooked on the Impreza, many say that the car really does retain its value in terms of capabilities and power for years to come. Choosing to buy new vs used car depends on a few factors that pertains specifically to every individual;

  1. Price – You can get a new 2019 model starting at R413 000 whereas you can get a used 2017 Impreza for around R249 500. It all depends on your price point and budget.
  2. Mileage – if you are happy with a car with a few kilometres on the clock and you’re happy to not add a tonne more, then a used vehicle with mileage already on is an option. Just make sure the used Impreza you choose does not have too much mileage on

When looking at the Subaru Impreza space review and all the other features of this excellent Subaru sedan, it’s easy to see why the Impreza has an enduring track record of driving performance and safety year on year.

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