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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

With four-wheel drive and no diesel version available with this incarnation of the Impreza (expect a diesel on the next-generation model), fuel consumption is pretty high. Even the 103bhp 1.5-litre version achieves 35.8mpg in everyday driving - the sort of consumption expected now of 2.0-litre cars in the class above. However, residual values are fairly strong for a small family car, and there is plenty of equipment included for the money.

However, insurance premiums will be relatively high at group 14 for the 2.0-litre model and group 19 for the 2.5-litre WRX.

Impreza is quite a polluting model. With an average of 216 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a touch high for a medium-sized estate. It's worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is not very frugal, averaging 31 mpg.

Subarus tend to be mechanically robust, and few problems come to light.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,663 - £2,155 *

* 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)
1.5 Petrol 184 g/km (Min) £260
2.5 Petrol 244 g/km (Max) £555

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £260 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 16 - 38
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.