Im­pres­sive Im­preza

Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS SCHOOL NEWS -

known more for its re­li­a­bil­ity, sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel-drive know-how and Eye­Sight safety tech in cars like the Im­preza.

It’s big sell­ing point is that it is the only four-wheel-drive C-seg­ment hatch­back on sale at this price - you would have to spend sev­eral thou­sand pounds more for an Audi A3 qu­at­tro or BMW 1 Series with xDrive - both well be­yond £30,000.

With con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) only, a man­ual Im­preza is now a thing of the past. It is also of­fered in just one well-equipped SE spec­i­fi­ca­tion, with a choice of two four-cylin­der petrol en­gines – £23,995 for a 1.6-litre Im­preza or £25,010 for the 2.0-litre.

Our 2.0-litre ver­sion de­liv­ers 154bhp while the 1.6 can only muster a mod­est 112bhp, so the big­ger en­gine is the one to go for, es­pe­cially as it is only just over £1,000 more.

Changes have been made to the rear sus­pen­sion mount­ing points and the stiff­ness and rigid­ity of the body to make the Im­preza gen­uinely sure-footed in all sit­u­a­tions.

Also for 2018 comes a big im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als. Sub­aru still says some of the fin­ishes are de­signed for dura­bil­ity but ev­ery­thing looks and feels good.

There’s also lots of space for peo­ple and lug­gage, where Sub­aru say ca­pac­ity is up by five litres over the old model, and the hatch­back has been re­shaped to make load­ing bulky items eas­ier.

Over and above the old car’s al­ready gen­er­ous equip­ment lev­els, the new Im­preza adds key­less en­try and go, an eight­inch touch­screen in­cor­po­rat­ing DAB ra­dio, sat-nav, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, 17-inch al­loys in­stead of the old 16s, LED steer­ing-re­spon­sive head­lights with High Beam As­sist, an elec­tronic hand­brake and pri­vacy glass.

Then, of course, there’s Eye­Sight and Sub­aru Rear Ve­hi­cle De­tec­tion (SRVD) – the for­mer us­ing its twin-stereo cam­eras near the in­te­rior mir­ror to run Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, PreCol­li­sion Brak­ing, Pre-Col­li­sion Throt­tle Man­age­ment, Lane Sway and De­par­ture Warn­ing, Lane Keep As­sist and Lead Ve­hi­cle Start Alert safety func­tions while the lat­ter in­cludes Blind Spot De­tec­tion, Lane Change As­sist and Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert.

All this safety kit, plus its tough­ened body and chas­sis, saw the Sub­aru score the high­est mark ever in Ja­panese NCAP safety tests - some­thing the com­pany is rightly very proud of.

So, I would say Sub­aru are onto a dis­crete win­ner with the new Im­preza - take a test drive and see what you think.

More info a www.sub­aru.co.uk

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