2016 Subaru Impreza Hatch road test and review.
We start the car review year with a look at the 2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S hatch, an offering that will set you back from $27,900.
There is no additional outlay for either the sedan or hatch versions of the 2016 Impreza in this grade and there’s also only one transmission on offer – a six-speed CVT.
Under the bonnet is a 110kw and 196Nm 2.0 litre Subaru boxer engine and, not surprisingly, this vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s all-wheel drive system.
I am always a bit concerned when a manufacturer bolts a CVT into a vehicle that doesn’t have a great amount of torque, the result can be a whole lot of revs and not a lot of forward progress.
Unfortunately, it’s the same case here with the Subaru. The engine appears more than willing to get on with the job, it feels though like the CVT is hampering it. This point is proven by using the paddle-shifters to manipulate the transmission, doing this enables you to enjoy much more respectable acceleration.
At best though you are looking at a pedestrian 11.2 seconds to reach 100km/h. Only 196Nm means hill climbing is not really the Impreza 2.0i-S strong point either.
So, yes, the Impreza could have some more grunt, no doubt.
At least though the fuel economy is respectable, expect to use about 7.0L/100 combined, around town Subaru claims consumption of just under 9.0L/100km. An engine stop/start system also helps to keep fuel consumption down.
The Subaru Impreza rides along alright. The suspension has quite a soft feel to it and this means it’s not a particularly good handler, pushed a little hard into a corner and body roll is noticeable and tyre squeal quite evident.
Having said that, the steering itself is responsive enough and the handling is predictable.
Inside the Impreza cabin is a good array of standard gear, including;
- Tilt and reach steering adjustment
- Dual-zone climate control
- Reverse camera
- Heated front seats
- Cruise control
- Satellite Navigation
- Push-button ignition
And Subaru doesn’t charge any extra for premium/metallic paint.
The seats are a bit firm and flat, this means you tend to sit on them, not in them. Legroom is decent front and back and the rear cargo area in the hatchback version runs to a total of 340 litres, quite a bit less than the sedans 460 litre capacity.
A nice dash design, attractive leather steering wheel and alloy wheels complete the feel of what is a pretty nice small car interior.
Safety is covered by a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up: The 2016 Subaru Impreza is a solid and dependable offering.
Due for a major overhaul within the next 12 months however, you can see and feel that this current Impreza is getting towards the end of its life. Thus, up against competitors such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato, it is a step behind.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 110kW and 196Nm
Transmission: Six-speed CVT auto (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $27,990
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.