What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The WRX and STi are very fast, have quick steering and bags of traction

Against Servicing and repairs are expensive, and the plastics in the interior look cheap

Verdict The Impreza has heady performance, but it's also reliable and easy (if very expensive) to live with

Go for… 2.5 WRX 4dr

Avoid… 1.6 TS 5dr

Subaru Impreza Saloon
  • 1. On test drives, watch for poor clutch take-up - replacements are expensive
  • 2. Listen for clunks from worn suspension bushes
  • 3. Do a full history check - falsified mileages are common
  • 4. The interior is plasticky and has a low-rent feel
  • 5. The seats are supportive and comfortable
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