If you're in need of a rugged family hatchback with four-wheel drive as standard, then the Subaru Impreza is just about recommendable. If, however, you want a sizeable car with decent fuel economy and a pleasant driving experience, then the Impreza falls pretty quickly to the bottom of the pile. For this all-new Impreza, then, Subaru needs to up its game considerably. And while many of the new car's details are being kept under wraps ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt motor show this autumn, Subaru says the next car will be "safe and secure with a fun driving experience".
What engines can I get on the Subaru Impreza?
As with the outgoing Impreza, there will only be one engine available: a 1.6-litre petrol producing around 112bhp. In the current Impreza, that's enough to get the car from 0-62mph in 12.4sec, while returning a claimed 44.1mpg. Buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
More engine options are likely to be made available after the Impreza goes on sale, possibly including the 2.0-litre diesel offered in the XV small SUV. It's hoped that by offering more engine options, Subaru can broaden the car's appeal.
Four-wheel drive will come as standard.
What equipment will the Subaru Impreza come with?
We've yet to see inside the new Impreza, but given that the UK-spec car will be almost identical to the US model, which is already on sale, we know that it'll have a new 8.0in infotainment touchscreen. In the US, the Impreza is offered with a reversing camera, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The new Impreza will also come with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control as standard as part of Subaru's Eyesight safety system.
Subaru has yet to announce official prices for the new Impreza, but given that the outgoing car costs from £18,995, we wouldn't expect an entry-level price beyond £20,000. Remember that, even at its current price, the Impreza is expensive next to family hatchback rivals such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf. The Ford Focus is more expensive, though.
Subaru Impreza rivals – the best (and worst) family cars
10. BMW i3
The BMW i3 is an electric family car that uses super-light carbonfibre and aluminium to offset the weight of the battery pack that’s mounted beneath its floor, while a smart interior and great handling add further to its appeal. In addition to the fully electric model, BMW offers a range-extender version with a two-cylinder petrol engine that can stop the batteries from running flat.
9. BMW 1 Series
A more conventional option from BMW is the 1 Series, which offers a strong combination of performance, economy and emissions. It’s still a little unusual in that it sends its power to the rear wheels rather than the fronts, but this makes it entertaining to drive, and ride comfort is also good.
Pick of the range: 118i SE
8. Honda Civic
The latest Honda Civic is good to drive and has plenty of space inside for your family and their luggage. Add to that an impressive array of standard safety equipment, and it's easy to recommend as an all-rounder. Team the frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine with mid-range SR trim for the best results.
Pick of the range: 1.0 VTEC Turbo SR
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