Normally, buyers choose cars by making sure what the car has to offer is fit for their needs. In current times, comfort and safety systems are a main target for city drivers and their families. However, there are a few rare occasions when a car is there to represent something a little out of the ordinary. It is also the case of Subaru Impreza, which has and probably will continue to live in the shadow of rally legend Colin McRae and his Rally Blue Impreza.
For the 2016 edition, Subaru features a roomy interior and balances handling and ride comfort in a precise manner. Even for people who aren’t going on adventures on a daily basis, the all-wheel standard drive on the Subaru can be a good choice for a number of reasons.
Body styles and options
The 2016 Subaru Impreza is available both as a sedan and hatchback body styles, each packing a 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and a 2.0i Limited trim levels. On top of that, the hatchback adds another two more choice to the range, the 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited. There are also WRX and WRX STI high-performance models, for those who wish to throttle out of the daily monotony.
On the standard 2.0i configuration, Subaru placed 15-inch steel wheels on the Impreza, power steering and accessories, a rear spoiler for the hatchback, keyless entry, air conditioning and cruise control system. In car entertainment is ensured by a 4-speaker surround sound system connected to a CD-Player with Bluetooth connectivity. On the central console, a 6.2-inch touchscreen interface is available.
The Premium trim switches to 16-inch wheels (17-inch if the Alloy Wheel package is chosen), 6-speaker sound system and a rear stabilizer bar. The All-Weather optional package comes with heated mirrors and windshield de-icer. Sport Premium trim comes with all Premium features and with extra sport upholstery and fog lights. Finally, the limited edition adds automatic braking and corner illuminating in the package.
Powertrains and performance
All 2016 Subaru Impreza Models come with a 2.0 liter boxer engine, developing 148hp. The standard and Sport Premium trims feature a 5-speed manual transmission with all-wheel drive, while all the other trims are by default equipped with a CVT unit and a different all-wheel drive system.
At 10.1 liters / 100km for the manual transmission and 9.1 liters / 100 km for the CVT models, the 2016 Impreza scores well for its segment. While the 2.0 liter engine offers decent acceleration, the Impreza still scores low in terms of power for the small sedan segment. The racket under the hood is quickly amplified when pressing the throttle and becomes annoying when driving for extended periods of time. Somehow compensating for the not so comfortable boxer engine, 2016 Subaru Impreza features cat-like agility, a Subaru specific quality. Handling is firm and secure, steering is quick and braking gets the car to a stop very fast. These qualities are especially visible when the car is equipped with the 17-inch wheel set.
On the overall, the 2016 Impreza provides a feeling of a strong build and safe to drive while pushing forward decent interior options.