2020 Subaru Impreza Video Review

Subaru refreshed Impreza for 2020, building on sterling silver reputation the little plucky hatch gained since it debuted so many years ago. The current model is but a youngster in automotive terms, but he who rests is lost, as Holden recently discovered.

Although the changes are mostly nips and tucks, Impreza remains one of our favourite small cars for value, safety, and drivability.

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What are the changes in the 2020 Impreza?

All variants

  • New design alloy wheels
  • Automatic door locking
  • SI-Drive
  • Re-profiled grille, front bumper and front fog light design

All hatch variants

Smoked-finish rear combination light design (hatch-only)

Impreza 2.0i Premium

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Front View Monitor

Impreza 2.0i-S

  • Updated LED headlight design
  • Auto power folding mirrors + auto dipping passenger side mirror
  • Front View Monitor
  • Side View Monitor
  • Memory Driver’s Seat
  • Stitched MFD visor
  • Piano black air conditioning controls surround

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What is S/I Drive?

S (SPORTS) – Enables linear acceleration. It is an all-round mode that provides ample everyday performance.

I (INTELLIGENT) – power output in response to accelerator operation is moderate, creating smooth, environmentally-friendly performance. The Intelligent mode throttle characteristic is designed for low fuel consumption.

From the Outside:

Impreza appears little changed, and that is a good thing. It was handsome enough as it was. The look is slightly muscular without the horrid steroid look some of the Europeans think is the bee’s knees.

There is a distinct “Japanese” look. Head and tail lights, lit by bright LEDs. They’ve managed a reasonably slim front end, with the hatch having a pleasingly chunky rump.

There are just a few subtle character lines along the side to add a bit light/shade for a bit of interest. It is simple and uncluttered.

Of the 4 models, 2.0, 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i-S, we drove the latter. Car companies are eager to show their offerings in the best possible light, but that is the one I’d buy anyway. No penny pinching here thanks very much.

It gets a rather unnecessary sunroof for people who like bling. I’d rather air conditioning set on deep freeze. Exterior mirrors tuck themselves in when you lock the doors. Door locking uses a proximity sensor allowing the key to remain secreted safely about your person. Press the indented lines on the surface of the door handle and the doors door with a satisfying clunk. Caressing the inner surface of the same handle reverses the process. Never be tempted to test if the door is locked by pulling the handle, or you risk entering a loop that could quickly consign your day to the sands of time.

Annoyingly, unlocking the boot also unlocks all doors so you have to schlep around to the front door after you get your shopping out.

The Cabin:

Is cosy and comfortable.

The sound system uses a big, blousy 8” touch screen, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual zone climate control keeps things just so, and nifty gadgets include cameras that are displayed in both the main screen, and the smaller auxiliary screen high on the dash. When reversing at Bunnings, you’ll quickly come to appreciate the rear cross traffic alert with emergency braking. Nuff said.

The latter gives you a great view along the front passenger’s side and at the back. Things such as gutters and low bollards can be easily seen. There is another camera at the front too, and they can be turned on at will. They also flicker to life when the sensors see something you don’t, especially in tight spaces.

Seating is extremely comfortable with powered driver’s memory adjustment.

Surfaces make you want to touch them. They’re soft, with a premium feel you might not expect.

A flush-fitted touch screen controls the infotainment system, which has a shedload of thump. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto can be used with voice control.

Impreza is even more deliciously comfortable once you’re under way.

An intimate atmosphere is created by a design ethos of carefully curated materials. Quality is not over the top as it is in luxury vehicles so obviously trying to be some “something.” Subaru eschews that “greed-is-good” thing.

Things are so quiet, that passengers only stir when the driver flings them into a corner with more enthusiasm than is warranted. That will happen often, such is the willingness of Impreza to please. The AWD system is used by all Subarus apart from the rear wheel drive BRZ. No other car maker can make such a bold statement.

Impreza is proof that good design trumps rank displays of power and wealth.

Is Subaru Popular with the gays?

Oh my wordie lordie yes. Lesbians love Forester, but gay lads love a sport Scoob.

Impreza My20 Manufacturer’s List Price*

Sedan   Hatch

2.0i                                                         $23,740 $23,940

2.0i-L                                                     $25,860 $26,060

2.0i-Premium                                     $28,390 $28,590

2.0i-S                                                     $31,16 $31,360

Engine: 2.0L Boxer 4 cyl (aka flat four, horizontally opposed)

Power: 115kw @ 6,000rpm

Torque: 196Nm @ 4,000rpm

Transmission: CVT automatic

Drive wheels: All-Wheel-Drive (summetrical with Active Toque Split)

Economy (L/100K):

  • urban 9.1
  • Rural – 9.1
  • combined – 7.2

CO2: 163g/k

Fuel Tank: 50L

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