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Subaru Impreza verdict

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 53.4

Written by James Dennison Published: 2 June 2023 Updated: 2 June 2023

Should you buy a used fifth-generation Subaru Impreza?

Despite operating in an incredibly competitive sector of the market, the Impreza can still mix it with the class leaders in a number of crucial areas – yet it’s the overall package that lets it down. As while its reliability, safety, standard equipment and practicality levels are second-to-none, the Impreza needs to excel in everycategory to be considered among the best in class.

The lacklustre engines, uninspiring transmission and poor economy mean it has lost a lot of the thrill a ‘Scooby’ once held for enthusiasts, without offering the benefits valued by everyday drivers or hot-hatch buyers. Even so, it’s not a bad choice for families looking for an easy to drive, reliable 4×4 car for rural winters.

Ultimately the Subaru Impreza offers an easy, safe and painless driving experience with slightly higher running costs. It’s not quite the image Subaru once had in the UK, but in some ways, it’s the perfect car for drivers who actively want to avoid buying ‘an image’ and prefer to have something distinctive and clever.

What we like

Proven build quality, all-wheel drive security, sensible safety kit and comfortable ride

What we don’t like

Noisy, gutless engine and transmission combination particularly in 1.6-litre form, high CO2 and poor fuel economy