The mock-aluminium fascia does little to lift a dull cabin awash with shiny black plastic, but the layout is logical and items like the air-con and stereo controls are easy to use. Comfort is good, too, even with the heavily bolstered sports seats of the turbocharged cars. The driver’s chair adjusts for height, but a steering wheel with reach as well as rake adjustment would improve things. Taller drivers should avoid the optional sunroof.
Subaru Impreza space & practicality
The four-door version might look more like Subaru’s Impreza rally car, but the five-door offers extra practicality. Its rear bench splits and folds so that you can carry bulkier items and, although the boot isn’t square due to suspension intrusion, it is a usable shape. Unfortunately, passenger space doesn’t match that of the best small hatches.
Subaru Impreza equipment
Standard kit includes electric windows front and rear and powered mirrors, air-conditioning and a single-slot CD player. You also get remote central locking and alloy wheels. Few options are available, except for a four-speed automatic gearbox.