Used Subaru Impreza Saloon 2002 - 2007 review

Category: Performance car

Section: Ownership cost

2002 - 2007 review
Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
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Ownership cost

What used Subaru Impreza saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Subaru Impreza saloon?

Imprezas seldom go wrong but, when they do, the bills are mighty big. According to the What Car? Reliability Index, Subarus are the dearest make to repair, coming out well ahead of BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes.

Servicing is costly and needed frequently, too, while you'll chew through tyres and brakes if you drive the car hard (and it's hard to avoid the temptation). And, remember, with four-wheel-drive, it's advisable to replace all four tyres at once.

Insurance is pricey, too, with the 1.6 coming in at group 12, the non-turbo 2.0 at 14, the WRX at 19 and the STi at 20. If you're young, have driving convictions or live in a high-crime area, cover may be impossible, so get quotes before you buy the car.

To cap it all, fuel economy is poor - the WRX will do no better than 27mpg overall and 20mpg maximum in town; the STi is off the scale and even the GX and TS struggle to do 30mpg. Using high-octane premium petrol improves economy and hikes power outputs noticeably, but adds even more to the already high bills.