February 21, 2017

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Review

2017 Subaru Impreza Top-spec road test and review...

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S

My third experience in a couple of months with the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza and again I come away in the belief it is one of the best small cars on the market.

You can check out my review of the mid-spec Subaru Impreza 2.0i-Premium here and my launch review of the new Subaru Impreza range from late December here.

I won’t cover all those same details again here, instead a quick look at what the flagship Impreza boasts over the mid-spec model.

Prices jump up by $2,700 for the top-spec model, but you add:

  • 18″ alloys (up from 17″ in the Premium grade)
  • Active Torque Transfer System (an upgraded AWD system)
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Body Colour Door Handles
  • Chrome Exterior Window Surrounds
  • Daytime Running Lamps – LED
  • Electric Drivers Seat
  • Partial Leather Seats
  • Heated Power Door Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Wipers

So, there is plenty packed in for the additional cash in the top-spec Impreza.

Once again, in my latest week of driving the new Subaru Impreza around I enjoyed the balanced chassis, the very good handling and the solid and well-built feel of the car.

Again though I was a little bit less than impressed by the CVT auto.

Providing a sometimes unsure and hesitant feel, the CVT is especially disappointing when a change down is required.

I would also like to see Digital Radio available in the Subaru, especially in this top-spec model.

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-SSumming it all up: the new Subaru Impreza is an excellent vehicle that offers very good driving dynamics, technology (such as Apple CarPlay), good looks and cabin feel/space to match any of its small sedan/hatch rivals.

The transmission is a letdown though, especially in a vehicle that tries hard to provide you with a really good/exciting drive experience.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S is priced from $28,990.

About Joel Helmes 3096 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

4 Comments on 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Review

  1. Subaru cars always had that sporty look that I just love! This brand has always been pleasing to the eye, and this car is no exception. A magnificent car indeed.

  2. I am surprised it has Apple CarPlay. I’ve never come across any article before about Apple and Subaru. On paper, this model does not have that “wow” factor as its previous iterations, but actual driving experience might prove otherwise. Let’s wait and see.

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