Subaru enthusiasts can now choose Impreza diesel 03 September 2009 by Parkers Impreza gains 150bhp diesel All-wheel drive, well equipped 155g/km and priced from £20k Subaru has launched a diesel version of the Impreza in the UK - but at a price. The well-equipped entry-level model the 2.0D RC is priced at £20,000 on the road, while the range-topping RX model is £22,225 on the road. It puts the range-topping model at about the same price as an Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Quattro SE, but the Audi, with lower CO2 emissions, offers drivers lower benefit-in-kind tax liability. The Impreza diesel uses a 150bhp 2.0-litre engine with 258lb-ft of torque launched in the Legacy and Forester in 2008. Fuel consumption is 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, and it will sprint from 0-62mph in nine seconds. Standard equipment includes all-wheel drive electronic climate control, xenon headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and sports seats, while the RX version also has leather trim with electrically adjustable driver's seat, and an electric sunroof.An annual company car tax bill for 2009/10 for a 40 per cent tax payer for the RX, with emissions of 155g/km works out at £1940, compared with £1771 for the Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Quattro SE, and £1621 for the two-wheel drive-only BMW 120d SE five-door. Most equivalent mainstream hatchbacks are even less of a tax burden, although none are available with four-wheel drive, so it seems the Impreza diesel is one for the Subaru enthusiasts.