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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Subaru Impreza STi (08-08) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Storming acceleration, corners well with minimal bodyroll, hatchback practicality

CONS

Lacks refinement, light steering, dated and cheap-feeling interior, anonymous styling

At a glance

New price £26,840 - £31,340
Used price £4,150 - £9,520
Used monthly cost £102 - £235
Fuel economy 23 - 27 mpg
Road tax cost £555 - £570
Insurance group 40 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Storming acceleration, corners well with minimal bodyroll, hatchback practicality

CONS

Lacks refinement, light steering, dated and cheap-feeling interior, anonymous styling

Subaru Impreza STi rivals

Mazda
3 MPS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Thanks to a high profile in rallying, Subaru is well-renowned for its performance cars - in particular the Impreza. You could spot the previous model a mile off with its huge spoiler and booming exhaust, but the firm has taken a different tack and the 2008 Impreza WRX STi is a very different car compared to what went before. For starters it is a rounded hatchback (rather than a four-door boxy saloon) and the extreme styling has been toned down.

As a result it appears more grown up and less like it's been fitted with aftermarket extras. Unfortunately the interior looks and feels cheap while the unforgiving ride merely highlights the lack of refinement. It is quick of course and the 300bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged engine propels it to 60mph in a mere 4.8 seconds, but ultimately the Impreza STi feels dated and lacks sophistication.

Subaru Impreza STi rivals

Mazda
3 MPS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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