The Subaru Impreza is recognized, rightly, as a practical car, reliable and able to face the rigors of our climate with its AWD constant mesh. With the Impreza 2017, Subaru wants to demonstrate that the brand has progressed in terms of dynamics, comfort and safety, while retaining its reputation for reliability and resale value.
Subaru Impreza 2017 Review
According to Subaru engineers, the architecture of the Impreza 2017 is 95% new. It has structural elements designed to improve the torsional stiffness of the chassis by 70% compared to the previous model and the protection granted to passengers in the event of an impact.
At the wheel of the Impreza on the winding roads of the hinterland between Monterey and Paso Robles, one immediately feels that the new architecture has a direct impact on road behavior and dynamics. It should be noted that the steering ratio is identical to that of the BRZ, that is to say 13.0: 1, and that the Impreza fits in bends with great rapidity and precision.
Featuring 152 horsepower and a torque of 145 lb-ft, the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, atmospheric engine comes to life with this rumble typical of the brand\’s “boxer” engines. On the road, the power is sometimes a bit fair, but the CVT box does a good job to help the Impreza to keep up the pace. In terms of fuel consumption, our average in the sedan and five Sport-tech doors, both equipped as standard with the automatic CVT, was 9.0 liters per 100 kilometers. A manual gearbox is also on the program, but it only has five gears, which is downright disappointing.
The new architecture of the Subaru Impreza 2017 means that the volume of space in the passenger compartment is enhanced compared to the old model. The cargo space of the five-door model is 589 liters with the back seat backs in place and 1,566 liters once these records are lowered. It is also noted that the opening of the tailgate is wider, which facilitates loading.
The quality of the materials used in the passenger compartment and the interior finish have taken a giant leap forward. We adopted an efficient multimedia system designed by the Harman OEM, with a 6.5 or 8.0 inch color touch screen depending on the version.
Available in sedan and five-door versions, the price range of the Impreza range varies from $ 19,995 to $ 30,995. All in all, the fifth generation Impreza allows the brand to make up for lost time by offering a degree of refinement, which was largely absent on the previous model, as well as enhanced dynamics.