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Subaru Impreza Hatchback review

2007 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

At a glance

Price new £13,320 - £24,150
Used prices £717 - £7,606
Road tax cost £240 - £695
Insurance group 11 - 36
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 317 - 676 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Well equipped, roomier than before, hatchback practicality


Below-par interior, feels dated to drive, high emissions, far from attractive looks, limited engine line-up

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


This is the Impreza that’s grown-up and dropped the boy racer image. The aim is to attract a wider range of buyers and those who would previously have never considered a Subaru. It’s now a hatchback and is far more soberly styled, yet retains Subaru DNA in its all-wheel drive set-up and characteristic ‘boxer’ engines. The company sees this as a car to coax buyers out of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic, which is a problem.

In the past it’s been easier to overlook Impreza’s shortcomings, such as the below-par interior, as it had a distinctive appeal and occupied a niche in the market. But it’s been re-positioned to compete with some of the best hatchbacks in Europe – and it’s simply not up to it. The interior (though better than before) is still years behind what’s on offer from the Civic and Golf and it can’t compete on running costs.

Ambitious Korean brands have made it difficult at the lower end of the market as the Impreza can’t match the Kia Ceed or Hyundai i30 for value-for-money or interior quality.