2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S road test and review…
The current Subaru Impreza is an impressive vehicle. Pardon the pun.
I’m already a huge fan of the Subaru brand – everything they churn out is excellent so really they are often competing against their own standard.
For better or for worse, a lot has changed compared with the previous model while there’s a lot that hasn’t.
On the exterior, the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S hatchback looks much the same as it did design-wise. A notable improvement are the 18” alloys with more sold, robust spokes similar to those found on Subaru SUVs.
But it’s in the cabin that sees the most marked improvements with a new dashboard design.
Gone are the flat, straight panels and squared off vents (common to that era of Subaru vehicles) and in is a more contoured shape, with soft touch materials, stitching and a matte chrome finish blended into the door frame.
This combined with the faux carbon fibre door handles, more integrated HUD and premium seats give the cabin a more sophisticated feel.
Altered too are the three A/C dials and the squarish steering wheel control buttons replaced by flush button pad that are large and easy to press and soft to the touch.
But the most impressive aspect of the Impreza is the infotainment system.
Subaru have made improvements to the previous, already superior, interface adding bold colours, layered animations and comprehensive data to really enhance the in-car experience.
The graphics on both the touch screen and the upgraded HUD are eye catching complete with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and info on the car’s gradient and safety components.
Exclusive to the top of the line model are powered and heated front seats, auto headlights and wipers, dual zone climate, heated mirrors, steering responsive headlights and a safety package including blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert on top of existing driving aids.
Performance-wise, the Subaru Impreza, like with all Subarus, you can be assured of a solid chassis and steady ride.
And like all Subarus the Impreza comes with AWD for a bit more off-road competence and a 2.0 litre boxer engine providing more stability with a lower centre of gravity.
Another fantastic attribute is the soft suspension making it a floaty, absorbent ride over speed humps even at greater speeds, although this means a compromise on handling.
Sure the acceleration power off the mark isn’t mind-blowing with less than 200Nm of torque, and this isn’t helped by the CVT but there is enough there if pushed.
One terrific design feature is the orange lane assist light being on the inside of the wing mirror – making it obvious and quick to glance rather than a tiny icon on the outside edge of the mirror as is usually the case.
Cabin space is deceptively large, seemingly wider than the Impreza small car category would suggest.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S has had some welcome upgrades especially from the driver’s seat and is priced from a justified $29,190.
Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S
Engine: 2.0L petrol producing 115kW and 196Nm
Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $29,190