Used Subaru Impreza Saloon 1993 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1993 - 2003 review
Subaru Impreza Saloon (93 - 03)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (93 - 03)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (93 - 03)
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What's the used Subaru Impreza saloon like?

Let's get the show-stopper out of the way first. The flagship Turbo/WRX models (the badging system depends on what age car you buy) are sensational. The all-wheel-drive chassis is sublime, handling is phenomenal, acceleration is awe-inspiring. You will reach your limits before the car does. However, the rest of the range has lots to recommend it, too. All Imprezas are grippy, quick, fun to drive and practical.

However, interior design isn't Subaru's strong suit, and the cabin looks a bit plasticky and cheap. If you can get over that, the build quality is good, the layout is logical and the driver's seating position is comfortable. The saloon's boot has a wide opening, but the intrusion of the suspension means it's not like that all the way back. Room in the rear isn't great, with the best small family cars providing at least as much space.