2015 Subaru Impreza | new car review

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 by
2015 Subaru Impreza
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 72,000
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  • Last modified: December 22, 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 while it isn't a model seen on the roads of the UAE too often, it has what it takes to stand alongside its rivals.

Pros

Lightweight and compact Boxer engine

Cons

Interior quality isn't the best

Looks

Going up against the Ford Focus, the 2015 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. Mapped to an All Wheel Drive layout, the Subie accelerates to a 100 km/h in 12.6 seconds and on to its 181 km/h top speed.

2014 Subaru Impreza side

Verdict

The Subaru Impreza isn’t cheap. In fact, it wears a higher price tag 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

Specifications

Specifications2015 Subaru Impreza
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
114 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
150 Nm @ 4,00 RPM
TranmissionCVT
DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.6 secs
Top speed181 km/h
PriceAED 72,000

2 Responses to 2015 Subaru Impreza | new car review

  1. Reece Reply

    December 8, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Correction: 2.0L and 148hp

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      December 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Hi Reece,

      Unfortunately the 2.0 litre variant hasn’t made its way here yet.

      For now it’s just the 1.6 litre 4-pot generating 114 horsepower.

      Regards,

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