2014 Subaru Impreza | new car review

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 by
2014 Subaru Impreza
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 72,000 - 80,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The has been around since 1992 and more surprisingly, the brand has always offered it in two bodystyles; a four door sedan and a five door . Currently in its fourth generation, it’s still the same story.

Pros

Lightweight and compact Boxer engine

Cons

Interior quality isn't the best

Looks

Going up against the Ford Focus, the 2014 Subaru Impreza doesn’t have a lot going for it; aesthetically at least. When parked alongside Ford’s Focus, the characterless styling of the Impreza just doesn’t cut it. Sure, there are a few neat elements here and there like the mesh grille and aggressive headlamps, but on the whole, it’s quite a miss compared to the striking previous generation model.

2014 Subaru Impreza front

Feels

Simple, fuss-free or just plain bland, it all depends on your perspective. The material of choice is hard plastic and buttons, switches and knobs have been kept to a bare minimum; which quite frankly, is very refreshing. Falling into the compact category of automobiles, the Impreza is reasonably spacious, where up to four individuals can be seated in comfort with head and leg room to spare.

2014 Subaru Impreza interior

Engineering

Lightweight and compact, Subaru’s Boxer Horizontally-Opposed Engines are smoother and more efficient than In-line or V-type designs. Great rotational balance means less vibration, because the pistons counteract each other to cancel it out. Obviously, the flatter configuration also means the engine sits much further down in the vehicle, giving a lower centre of gravity that enhances the advantages of the All Wheel Drive and suspension systems.

2014 Subaru Impreza instrument cluster

On offer

Mated to a CVT transmission, the 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine churns out 114 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. The 2.0 litre engine ups the ante to 150  horsepower and 196 Nm of torque, but it is worth noting that while both engines are mated to a CVT transmission, they are both mapped to an All Wheel Drive layout as well.

2014 Subaru Impreza side

Verdict

The Subaru Impreza isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s AED 3,000 more than the Ford Focus and isn’t as well-equipped. But here’s the catch, its All Wheel Drive layout combined with a lower centre of gravity, make it a lot more fun to drive. So it all boils down to priorities; do you want a car that’s fun to drive, or would you rather have a car with some insane features? The choice is yours.

2014 Subaru Impreza rear

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