One that I’m almost confident that you have not considered is the Subaru Impreza, the third and final offering here from our Japanese manufacturers in this series of 5 top family hatchbacks. Known better for their performance models, Subaru is actually a great manufacturer of everyday practical hatchbacks. The Impreza has been offered for well over 20 years but the latest model is promised to be the most refined and premium feeling car from the brand to date. Subaru also upholds a fantastic reputation for reliability.
The latest Impreza sits on an all new platform with updated engines and a longer body (more room inside and more spacious boot area). All of the latest models come fitted with the brands CVT automatic gearbox, what separates the Impreza from its rivals is the four-wheel drive system. This is helpful for those who live down rough tracks or remote areas liable to snow and other harsh conditions. Engine options consist of two petrol options, the base 1.6-litre and more powerful 2.0-litre both without hybrid assistance or turbochargers, no diesels are available however.
Unlike the competitors, Subaru chose to offer just a single trim level for the Impreza. Standard equipment though is very impressive with heated front seats, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) enabled touchscreen and dual zone climate control all included at the base price. The car also comes with a special Subaru package of driver assistance aids, promoting safety on the road and ease of use, while parking sensors and cruise control are also standard.
Other Car Review in this series:
- Hyundai i30 (2017 – 2020)
- Mazda 3 (2019 – 2020)
- Lexus CT200h (2018 – Current)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2016 – 2020)
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About the Author
Jack Gill is a freelance car journalist and fully qualified mechanical engineer. Joining the team as Carsnip’s newest contributor and long-time writer on Drivetribe. Jack has a lifetime passion for all things automotive, from new supercars to rusty old hatchbacks, and if he’s not behind the wheel, he’ll likely be found under the bonnet or browsing the Carsnip search engine.