Monday, September 12, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Subaru Impreza Hatchback (2007-2014)

2007-2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

The Good: More practical and spirited even without the trunk

The Bad: Fuel economy isn't great, power sapping automatic for the WRX STI

The Say: There is no need to sacrifice performance on a different body.

Go For: 2.0R Sport

Price Range: P400,000-P1,500,000
Our Rating: ****

Full Reviews: Used Car Review - Subaru Impreza (2008-2012)/Used Car Review - Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi (2008-2014)
Latest vehicle profile: Subaru Impreza/Subaru WRX/WRX STI

See the different versions of this vehicle:

2007-2012 (Regular Hatchback)

Vehicle Overview
For the first time, Subaru had brought in regular (read: non-turbo) and turbo versions of the Impreza compact whose name is synonymous with the World Rally Championship and all wheel drive in a hatchback body. The regular hatchback and its WRX counterpart was launched first in November 2007 followed by the WRX STI in July 2008. This body style was discontinued in 2012 with the launch of the fourth generation Impreza and replaced somewhat by the XV although the WRX STI hatchback stayed until 2014 (by that time, it had dropped the Impreza name).

Depending on what you need, either a 2.0 or 2.5 turbocharged (with varying horsepower figures) engine is offered. The 2.0 models have a cruiser car-like personality since reaching upper revs will have the engine complain although this will unleash the vehicle's power. Choosing the 2.5 for the WRX and WRX STI models have different horsepower figures, with the WRX being quick but not scary quick for first timers and the STI packing that adrenaline rush. Since all cylinders are positioned horizontally, it feels balanced at any speed without that outside noise due to high levels of insulation. When it comes to driving this vehicle, it is a joy to drive and the suspension does not give passengers road imperfections that are transmitted (WRX and WRX STI models gain a different suspension setting) but fuel consumption is poor, due to a standard all wheel drive system.

Excellent interior quality greets occupants of the Impreza, alongside cabin space good enough for four people. When it comes to cargo carrying, the hatchback is a good pick especially that it is flexible enough.

What Should I Get
The R Sport is the regular version packs a 152hp 2.0 engine, all power amenities, dual airbags, ABS brakes, CD player with MP3 and auxiliary jack, stability control, fog lamps, rear spoiler, 60/40 fold rear seat, automatic climate control, alarm, keyless entry, and steering wheel audio controls with manual models having hill start assist. WRX models get a 230hp 2.5 engine and some exterior revisions plus it is only available with a five speed manual while WRX STI units have 300hp paired to a six speed manual, side airbags, leather seats, and some revisions inside and outside. November 2010 saw an update for the WRX STI (its lowly brother was discontinued) which shifted for the hatchback to an automatic transmission and added cruise control and Brembo brakes.

How Much Would It Cost Me
Prepare to shell out more than your average Japanese compact when it comes to maintaining one especially that Subaru maintenance is a bit higher plus the standard all wheel drive will make fuel consumption high. Although there are no reported issues with R Sport Imprezas, WRX and WRX STI have turbo issues so do inspect that one thoroughly. If fuel consumption is a priority, there are other better choices.

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