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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 24 - 48 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The Impreza doesn't sell in the same numbers as the Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, but despite fewer around, it doesn't mean they hold their value any better. Insurance groups start from a reasonable group 4, which is an improvement over the old car. The fuel consumption figures of the 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines are acceptable, though at 37 and 34mpg plus 27mpg for the WRX, not especially impressive.

Subaru generally offers good value-for-money servicing, though parts can be on the pricey side.

When it comes to CO2 emissions, the Impreza could do much better. The lowest figure – which is for the entry-level 1.5-litre – is 176g/km, while the 2.0-litre rises to 199 g/km. These are far too high – a 1.4-litre Mazda3 emits around 157g/km, while you'll get 169 g/km from a 2.0-litre Ford Focus. The WRX has emissions of 246g/km - quite a bit higher than those of a Ford Focus ST.

The diesel - launched in 2009 is better - it emits 155g/km of CO2 and returns 48mpg. However, this is still not as good as most other 2.0-litre diesel hatchbacks with similar power.

Subaru has a good reputation for build quality and Impreza has proved its worth as a workhorse in farms across the country. There's no reason to believe this model should cause any problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £205 - £580
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Insurance group 11 - 36
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