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.
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.
Summing 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.