2009 Subaru Impreza | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

The is perhaps best known as a snarling rally car or for the WRX and STi versions that
have been the preserve of petrolheads for many years.

That reputation is well deserved, for has a rich motorsports heritage with Impreza and remains a popular choice for the plethora of rallies in the region.

However, as well as the high-power, tyre-smoking sideways toys, Subaru also produces much more mild-mannered Imprezas, in both hatchback and saloon form, which are more suited to pootling through the city streets than kicking up the gravel at lunatic speeds. In fact, the latest generation of Impreza is far less aggressively styled than its predecessors, signalling an intent by Subaru to move the car away from its boy-racer image.

2009 Subaru ImprezaThere are plenty of versions to choose from in this region. The latest version, launched in 2007, marked the first time Subaru has offered a hatchback version of the Impreza, which has traditionally always been a sedan. However, a sedan is also offered, and each comes in several forms.

The hatch 1.5R comes as standard with a 1.5-litre engine pumping out a less-than-crazy 105bhp attached to a four-speed automatic gearbox. It comes mounted on 15-inch steel wheels and also features power windows and wing mirrors, airbags for driver and front seat passenger, manual air conditioning and a CD player. Additionally, it comes with ABS and a roof-mounted spoiler.

2009 Subaru ImprezaThe 1.5R is also available with a greater options package, which adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a six CD changer, front fog lamps, automatic air conditioning and stereo controls on the steering wheel.
The 2.0RS features a two-litre engine producing 148bhp and rides on 17-inch alloys. Its features include dual airbags, full power options and a six CD changer, along with high intensity headlights, cruise control, front fog lamps and automatic air conditioning. It also includes sports seats and a subtle bodykit.



Both the WRX and STi versions of the Impreza hatch are also available. The WRX features a turbocharged 2.5-litre engine with 265bhp and all-wheel-drive, attached to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It has suspension components from the more powerful STi model, as well as the rear spoiler from and underbody diffuser from that car, which help keep the car stable at speed.

2009 Subaru ImprezaThe STi model features the same engine tuned to 305bhp. The saloon model, which is identical to the hatch save for the boot, is available in 1.5R trim with full options, or in 2.0RS form, also with full options.
The latest Impreza is more conservative than its predecessors, but still retains a lot of heritage from its rich motorsports past. The less powerful cars are considered unremarkable, but the more hardcore models are still forces to be reckoned with.


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan / Hatchback1.5107142A

Price Range (AED) 55,000–73,000


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