Standard four-wheel drive gives the Impreza excellent traction. It's cheap to buy, well specified and has decent handling
The Impreza's cabin plastics are nasty, and it has a bouncy ride, average performance and high running costs
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Subaru Impreza performance
Think Impreza and the rally-inspired WRX models probably spring to mind. However, the 1.5-litre engine isn't, and although the 2.0-litre is capable of brisk performance, it needs to be revved hard to achieve it. The 2.5-litre motor in the WRX gives awesome power.
Subaru Impreza ride & handling
A combination of permanent all-wheel drive and firm suspension helps the Impreza stay bolted to the bitumen even through fast crests and dips. What’s more, the Subaru still manages to soak up all but the worst lumps and bumps. The steering would benefit from a tad more weight and feel, however.
Subaru Impreza refinement
Subaru uses flat-four engines with the cylinders arranged horizontally rather than vertically. They thrum when you rev them hard, but the noise is not unpleasant and is in keeping with the Impreza’s sporty character. There’s lots of road roar, while wind noise is also present at the national limit, but not overly intrusive.