Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Impreza's dashboard is clearly laid out and major controls are within easy reach. However, the basic design hasn't changed very much over the years, and while the audio system looks relatively modern, the styling of the vents, for example, looks rather dated. The steering adjusts only for height, and some of the materials used in the cabin don't feel as upmarket as those used in mainstream rivals like the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane.

Four adults should be able to sit comfortably in an Impreza, although taking a third adult in the rear compartment could be a squeeze given the car's relatively narrow body. Electric windows and automatic climate control are standard. Engine noise could become an issue on longer journeys, while the larger wheels fitted to high performance versions also increase road noise intrusion into the cabin.