What’s Impreza really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
Love all the hi spec equipment, the reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers and the entertainment system is fantastic.
I like the Impreza very much apart from one or two niggles. I find the gear shift quite notchy and not as slick as other cars I have had. I would like the accelerator to be a little more sensitive, I find there is too much movement before action. The manual takes a lot of time to read up on instructions, I would have been happier with a UK version only.
My driving experience can be summed up as a result of a couple of experiences. A few years ago we were travelling to Radlett from Kenton and we were driving up Stanmore Hill. The snow was coming down and the road surface had turned to a mixture of ice with snow covering. BMW's, Fords and various other marques could be seen abandoned or just sliding into the curbs. I took the whole hill in one swoop treating all in the car's way as a grand slalom. Down past Bushey Bupa, cars terrified of the slope. And I was driving a Subaru Impreza. Greatest fun you can have legally.
It has never let me down in six years of ownership from new. In bad weather it gives me confidence that it will grip the road. When there is ice or snow there are very few cars which make it to the supermarket, except my Subaru and off-road 4x4s. One has to be careful when braking, in those conditions, because no car can defy the laws of physics.
The Impreza is my wife's car, she shows dogs and it makes a perfect "dogmobile" because of the 4WD. This 1.6iRC is her 4th Subaru and she's delighted with it. The whole process from trading in the old model to kitting out the new one with a dog guard was handled very professionally. We had had some work done on the old model before deciding to go for a new one and that work was competitively priced and done to fit with our schedule that day. Great service.
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