Home' Grip : GRIP January 2017 Contents In the press
They like Impreza
BUILD AND BUY
IN THE PRESS
The West Australian
“I drove the new Impreza on twisting, undulating
and broken roads south-east of Canberra and
concluded it was a 250kW chassis with a 115kW
Instant steering effect and the trickery of active
torque vectoring delivered the very average power
and 196Nm of torque with precision and without
The stability in extreme conditions means this car
will hand its owners a huge primar y safety margin
in everyday use, a priceless asset when your family
is on board.
In addition, the complete suite of Subaru’s
electronic safety systems brings Impreza’s top
model, the 2.0i-S right up to and, in some cases,
beyond the best of the premium brands from
CarAdvice comparison with Holden
Astra v Renault Megane
“So, which would it be if we had to choose one?
The Subaru, and without a second thought.
It felt the most complete, rounded, and mature
vehicle here – and the fact it was the most
affordable, and now offers more affordable
ser vicing, simply adds to its credentials in the small
The new Impreza may look like a humble hatchback,
but it’s a very impressive vehicle for the price.”
From the driver's seat, the cabin has a higher
level of quality in the materials used and the
overall fit and finish is up there with class-leading
Europeans. The new touch screen brings a
modern vibe to the overall design with colour ful
tiles to identify the individual func tions, making it
intuitive to use.
As for how it drives, the Impreza has leapfrogged
its way towards the class leaders when it comes
to balancing comfort and dynamic s, all thanks to
those solid foundations. While there is nothing
tricky about it, lacking high-tech items such as
adaptive dampers or multi-mode steering set-ups,
Subaru has delivered a refined and well-balanced
chassis that feels rock solid in the way it steers,
corners and rides the bumps.
“ What new Impreza buyers will enjoy is the superb
ride and balance of these all-wheel drives: bump
absorbsion, town driving and highway cruising was
superb. Over the outgoing Impreza the body and
chassis rigidity has been vastly improved and the
centre of gravity lowered.
This translates to impressive cornering grace
and the ability for the bod to sit flat with minimal
roll in those turns. The upshot? It’s comfortable
confidence-inspiring and pret ty good fun to punt
Similar to the hatch, the sedan’s biggest selling
point is its deftly tuned chassis. Moving to Subaru’s
new “Global Platform” architecture has improved
body rigidity by 70-100 percent without an increase
in weight. The Impreza corners with a flatness that is
more sportscar than everyday commuter.
The Impreza competes with big-selling rivals such as
the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30, along with the
all-new Holden Astra. The Mazda 3, Kia Cerato, and
Honda Civic are also v ying for buyers’ attention.
However, no other car in this segment – bar the
Impreza – is available with standard all-wheel drive.
On a snaking piece of mountain road the Impreza
impresses with its cornering ability, its efficacy
through quick direc tional changes and its overall
competence when thrown hot into a corner.
These changes, combined with important technology
and safety inclusions, improve the Impreza formula
– and impor tantly, set some solid building blocks for
Subaru has taken aim at Generation Y with a more
youthful, vibrant and solid passenger car offering.
Boasting more rigidity than before – aided by a new
torque vec toring func tion fitted to the flagship 2.0i-S
– the Impreza’s lighter architecture sets a solid first
impression on the road.
As such, the car is well placed to battle the top-selling
Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, but also featuring the
impressive new Honda Civic, plus the Ford Focus,
Volkswagen Golf and Hyundai i30/Elantra.
Much has improved in this generational change
beyond the vastly superior driving dynamics. The
cabin is both more premium in its design and
high-tech in its equipment allocation, especially
considering the very reasonable pricing.
There are many reasons why Subaru Australia
is confident that the all-new Impreza will be so
successful. As you can read in the review here, the
MY17 car has a new platform, new interior, is better
value (the $22,400 plus on-road starting price in
unchanged) and cheaper to maintain than before.
It keys into the road beautifully, and the steering
is excellent for a front-biased all-wheel drive
The new Impreza costs no more than the old one,
but packs a lot more punch for the money – at least
in terms of equipment and safety spec.
The new platform that underpins the car is a
technological tour de force, and heralds a brave
new future for Subaru, too.
Behind The Wheel
Overall, Subaru has a vehicle here that should find a
larger number of Aus tralian buyers in 2017 than the
model it replaces.
The updated st yling, EyeSight system (where
fitted), updated tech, quality interior, all-wheel drive
and ver y capable chassis are the highlights.
CarsGuide - Impreza win comparison
“The Astra, an engaging car to drive with a great engine, is
overpriced and underdone in the cabin against this quality of
opposition. It’s much harder to separate the other two – the
Mazda is sportier but the Impreza gets the final nod thanks to
its quieter and more luxurious cabin, more standard features
and class-leading safety technology.”
“The emphasis is clearly on refinement, as the car was the
quietest of the three on the open road. The suspension
provides a great balance between comfort and cornering
prowess. Around town it rivals some luxury makes for soaking
up road imperfections while on the open road the sof ter
suspension is offset by loads of grip from the all-wheel-drive,
which came to the fore on our rain-soaked test route.”
“Criticised for the declining quality of its interiors post the
global financial crisis, Subaru has thrown the kitchen sink at the
Impreza. From the moment the door shuts with a reassuring
thunk, the Impreza impresses with its quality finishes and
gadget-laden cabin. The attention to detail stretches to the
rear seats, which get soft leather padding on the armrests and
faux carbon-fibre on the door inser ts.”
Links Archive GRIP December 2016 GRIP February 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page