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Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
  • Below-par claimed fuel economy
  • Extensive warranty
  • Residual values yet to be announced

Subaru Impreza: what will it cost me to run?

It’s likely that the majority of Subaru Impreza drivers won’t have fuel economy at the top of their priorities list, focusing more on the vehicle’s all-wheel drive capability and rugged reputation.

However, if Subaru wants to bring the Impreza to a wider audience in the UK, claimed fuel consumption figures need to be much better. Lagging far behind the class leaders, the Impreza’s 1.6-litre engine claims 44.1mpg, with the 2.0-litre at 42.8mpg.

Excellent reliability should make running the Impreza a worry-free experience, plus servicing costs should not be excessive. The headline five-year/100,000-mile warranty is impressive, although it should be highlighted that only the powertrain (engine and gearbox – excluding clutch drive plate) is guaranteed for the full period. The rest of the car is only good for three years and 60,000 miles – whichever comes first.

Subaru Impreza: is it eco-friendly?

Both of the engines on offer in the Subaru Impreza emit far more CO2 than the class leaders. Even the smaller 1.6-litre engine – despite producing a relatively small power figure – emits 145g/km of CO2. Opt for the larger 2.0-litre engine and this increases to 152g/km of CO2.

  • Subarus are known for their toughness
  • Reliability should be sound
  • Cabin feels built to last

Subaru Impreza: will it break down on me?

According to the Japanese manufacturer, 99.3% of Subarus registered in the UK are still on the road after ten years. And while it may not shift the largest volume of vehicles, such a record is impressive by any brand’s standards.

The five-year/100,000-mile warranty shows that Subaru is confident in its products we have no reliability concerns when it comes to the 2017 Impreza. The cabin feels sturdy and well made, meaning the usual family car trial by children and pets should be a walk in the park for the Subaru. 

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,385 - £1,385 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.6i Petrol 151 g/km (Min) £145
2.0i Petrol 152 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 12 - 18
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.