Used Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon 1993 - 2003 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1993 - 2003 review
Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon (93 - 03)
  • Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon (93 - 03)
  • Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon (93 - 03)
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What's the used Subaru Impreza estate like?

Because the Impreza estate - or Wagon as it's better known - lacks the saloon bodyshell of the rally cars, it's viewed by many as the poor relation. However, if you want practicality with your incredible handling and eye-watering acceleration, it's the pick of the pair. The range-topping Turbo/WRX models (badging depends on what age of car you buy) are sensational, but the rest are all quick, fun to drive and stick to the Tarmac like glue.

Clearly all the development budget went to the engineers because the interior is very poor. There are acres of unappealing plastic, and switchgear from another era. If you can ignore that, though, the build quality is good, the layout logical and the driving position comfortable.

The hatchback-style rear door has a wide opening with plenty of space for pets or luggage. The downside is that room in the rear seats isn't great, and your head, shoulders and knees will feel cramped.