Subaru Impreza is a compact sedan from the Japanese carmaker. Its latest generation now features a higher level of refinement and sharper design. The Japanese compact sedan now has a new Subaru Global Platform underpinning designed to provide better ride comfort, handling, and improved NVH. The longer wheelbase offers a more comfortable and roomier cabin. The boxer engine is similar to that of its predecessor, which gives the compact sedan a standard Symmetrical AWD system and a lower center of gravity to ensure better agility and traction. Subaru Impreza’s updated 2.0L flat-4 boxer engine generates 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. It is paired to an improved Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission created to provide better fuel efficiency and acceleration. The latest Subaru Impreza came with an all-wheel-drive layout that provides additional traction, especially in dangerous driving conditions. This makes the vehicle more desirable to regular drivers and enthusiasts.
The unveiling of the Subaru Impreza was reportedly scheduled at the 2020 Manila International Auto Show. However, the event's cancellation delayed the launch of the vehicle.
Prospective car buyers who prefer sedans can choose from the vast array of options available in the Philippine automotive market. But even with the tight competition, Subaru Impreza is still one of the sedans that impress car enthusiasts. What makes the Japanese compact sedan competitive is its price tag around Php 1.5 million but with features nothing less than a premium sedan.
The compact sedan from the Japanese carmaker features a sane and classy exterior. Subaru did not put too many strong elements in the Impreza but focused more on smoothness all around. Upfront, the Subaru Impreza has a grille with a decent amount of chrome and mesh air intake design.
It also features sleek headlamps cluster projector units, and chrome elements are also present in the fog lamp housing. The rear part of the vehicle has a shark-fin antenna at the top and split headlamps at the tailgate. The Japanese compact sedan rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Inside, the Subaru Impreza features comfortable seats with luxurious and sporty style. Car buyers can opt for a leather or fabric seating material. The driver gets to have power-adjustable seats while the rear seats are split-folding (60/40).
The cabin also features several futuristic elements. An analog-digital driver’s display comes as a standard in this vehicle. The dashboard’s center also has an infotainment display that’s eight inches in size and is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capable. For maximum comfort during the entire ride, the cabin is also equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control.
Technology & Safety Features
Subaru Impreza is equipped with several safety and tech features, including a smart entry and push-button start button. Buttons and controls are also present alongside the steering wheel that are used to control multiple functions, including cruise control, audio, and Bluetooth.
The infotainment system of the Subaru Impreza is made up of an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Some of the safety features present in the Japanese compact sedan are the driver and front passenger, knee and curtain airbags, child safety locks, anti-lock braking system, crash sensors, EBD, ISOFIX, brake assists, and vehicle dynamics control system.
Platform & Chassis
Subaru Impreza is a four-door, five-seater compact sedan. It has a length of 4,625 mm, a width of 1,775 mm, a wheelbase of 2,670 mm, and a ground clearance of 130 mm. The Japanese sedan rides on the new Subaru Global Platform underpinning that is designed to provide better ride comfort, handling, and improved NVH.
The suspension system of the vehicle is composed of MacPherson strut in the front and double-wishbone in the rear. The stopping power is provided by the disc brakes on all four wheels that perform excellently under pressure.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0L engine. This 4-cylinder engine is paired to a Lineartronic CVT engine that provides smooth shifting on all speed sections. The Subaru Impreza’s updated 2.0L flat-4 boxer engine generates 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. The produced power is delivered to all four wheels via the Symmetrical AWD drivetrain.
The AWD layout in the Impreza provides smooth acceleration and power whenever needed. The Philippine-spec variants only get a continuously variable transmission that can be shifted manually using paddles while other countries still have manual variants of the Subaru Impreza.