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Grip : GRIP June 2012
WHAT’S IN THE PRESS GRIP IMPREZA - THIS ONE WAS WORTH THE WAIT “IMPRESSIVE Impreza – this one was worth the wait” was the headline for Mark Hinchliffe’s review of the Impreza 2.0i-L hatch with CVT in News Limited’s Cars Guide. There is no doubt that Hinchliffe came away from his week with the Impreza pleased with the latest of fering from Subaru. “In its fourth incarnation, the Impreza finally has the style, refinement and value to take some of the middle ground away from the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.” Under the sub-headline of Design, Hinchliffe wrote: “The designers have listened to the critics, smartened up the styling inside and out, and used better-quality plastics in the cabin for a smarter look. “Outside the windscreen is steeper, the bodywork more sculptured, the headlights sharper and more defined its quiet cabin, which is approaching Camry levels of hush, although those bigger door mirrors add some wind noise. “This is one of the best CVTs around, being smooth, responsive and seamless.” And his verdict? “A step up in quality, economy and safety, the Impreza will appeal to a wider market than just Subaru loyalists.” and the hatch just looks spunkier than before. Inside legroom has increased with higher front seats that have scalloped-out backs. Access to the rear is also improved by wide -opening doors with increased foot room. “The soft interior plastic surfaces and firmer controls, such as the new door handles, give it a feeling of quality. “Storage bins abound with door pockets that fit a water bottle and an A4 folder or laptop. The centre console has a handy clip-holder for a notebook and a pen. The cargo area is flat with a low- loading lip and flat-folding rear seats.” Hinchliffe was also impressed with the car’s driving performance. “It looks solid and feels solid when you open and shut the doors, but it drives like a much lighter car. The body and chassis are 20kg lighter (than the previous model). “It also has to do with the typically light steering feel, snappy throttle response, a 10 per cent stiffer chassis and its low centre of gravity, which is 504mm from the ground. “Around town it flicks neatly through corners, parks without fuss and sprints smartly off the line. “On the open road, we appreciate its stability and “Around town it flicks neatly through corners, parks without fuss and sprints smartly off the line.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE NEWS MARKETING AFTERSALES PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR PROMOTIONS CYCLING LETTERS DEALER NEWS DEALER STATS
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