What’s Impreza really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
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.
I've owned my 5-door Impreza R Sport since it was a year old, and it's just had its 10-year service. In that time, apart from an electrical switch failure, nothing has gone wrong - at all! It's on its original battery and I've only replaced the back half of the original exhaust in the last couple of months - the front is fine. Of course it doesn't have the toys of a modern car, but that's part of the attraction - less to go wrong. It handles well, roadholding in bad weather is exceptional, and I trust it to get me where I want to go. I intend to keep it for as long as it keeps running
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.
Love all the hi spec equipment, the reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers and the entertainment system is fantastic.
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