2016 Subaru Impreza Review

Subaru Impreza is most well-known for its all-wheel-drive vehicles, which are popular with campers, skiers, and off-road rally racers.  Since the early 1990s, the Impreza has established a reputation for itself in both everyday driving and motorsports.

Detailed Review

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.

The 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium models come equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution by default.

Interior

The interior design of the 2016 Subaru Impreza is quite conservative, which may put off shoppers seeking more flare. Others will appreciate how clean it is and how well it is going to last the test of time. The materials and build quality are acceptable for the segment, as evidenced by the use of soft-touch materials and narrow panel gaps. On the downside, Impreza’s audio systems are poor, even by the modest standards of this class.

The front seats are supportive and comfy on extended road trips, and head and legroom are above average for the class. The rear seat is one of the most spacious in the market, which makes this Subaru ideal for compact families.

Exterior

While the Impreza Sport is not the most attractive car on the road, it does have its own distinct appeal.

The Impreza Sport’s face is instantly recognizable as a Subaru. Though the style has changed for 2016, the new automobile retains its heritage. The hexagonal grille with chrome trim and seven-star insignia are placed high on the nose of the car, surrounded by huge, highly accentuated headlights. Two design creases go over the hood from back to front, as if the grille is leaving a trail. The lower fascia features a relatively steep approach angle, at least for a hatchback, which helps the Impreza Sport look the part of its Subaru heritage.

Cargo Space

The 2016 Subaru Impreza’s cargo room is ample, with 12 cubic feet in the sedan’s trunk and 22.5 cubic feet in the hatchback’s trunk. When the rear seatbacks are folded down, the hatchback’s cargo area expands to a substantial 52.4 cubic feet.

Safety

Stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, and whiplash-reducing front head restraints are all standard on every 2016 Subaru Impreza. All versions come equipped with a rearview camera, while some models include adaptive cruise control, a forward collision prevention system with automated braking and lane departure warning. Additionally, Starlink Connected Services are available, which include automated collision warning, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, and remote door lock/unlock.

Dimensions

The 2016 Subaru Impreza has a height of 1455mm, a width of 1740mm, 4415mm length, and a ground clearance of 130 mm.

Cost of Ownership 

The 2016 Subaru Impreza retails between 1.7 million Ksh and 2.3 million Ksh.

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