Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the new Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S 2017 hatch with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.
Okay, maybe not complete perfection, but a combination of rose-coloured glasses (apart from the seats, that car had a terrible interior, and seemed to have been built by people wearing blindfolds) and a succession of awesome show cars, followed by less than awesome Imprezas, engendered a long period of apathy in my soul.
But then, late in 2016, Subaru gave us our Christmas wish – a cool Impreza. New inside and out, the fresh small Subie suddenly looks like a contender rather than a slightly oddball alternative for people who like their cars weird looking.
Price and features
The 2.0i-S sits right at the top of the Impreza range, weighing in at $29,190, $200 more than the sedan. The range itself runs from the 2.0i, 2.0i-L, Premium and then the i-S, from $22,400 and up.
The i-S is loaded up with 18-inch alloys, a six speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, a comprehensive safety package including EyeSight, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, active cruise control, electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, partial leather interior, sat nav, active LED headlights, auto wipers and headlights, sports pedals and a sunroof.
While the new Impreza isn’t going to go down as a design classic, it’s certainly a big jump as far as presentation goes.
There are no options available and you can choose any of the eight colours available without having to stump up a penny extra.
The big screen is bright and clear and runs Subaru's latest version of Starlink. Past attempts were brave but ultimately ill-fated, with so-so software backed by ho-hum hardware. The ho-hum hardware is still there because you really need to stab the screen to get a response, but it looks a heck of a lot better and has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a few thoughtful features built-in.