The Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2018, which is on sale this fall, receives two minor upgrades and a small bump in its price. The new standard technology, like the base, automatically engages with the headlights before turning on the windscreen wipers, which is a nice little safety feature. The only other change for 2018 is the addition of a STI short-range rocker on Sport models with five-speed manuals.
The Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2018 proves that a car does not need to be powerful to succeed. Concerning Subaru’s new global platform, the Impreza displays a level of calm, solidity, space and driving pleasure that has escaped previous generations. While the 152 horsepower engine of the Impreza will not prevent the enthusiasts from driving, it is good enough to get the Impreza where it must go, making the sprint at 60mph in about 9 seconds. This might seem slow compared to cars like Mazda3, Honda Civic and VW Golf until we consider the additional weight and power requirements required by the Impreza’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive configuration. Yet despite being able to power an additional set of wheels, Impreza’s fuel economy remains on par with most of its forefront competitors, none of which can tackle a snow-covered road with even trusted as the Subaru.
Under the hood, buyers should expect to see the same engine as the current car. The latest version comes with a single choice of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 152 horsepower with 145 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. For transmissions, the basic versions include a 5-speed manual, while a CVT is available. Although the CVT has been criticized for its lack of sportiness, its energy efficiency is undeniably attractive up to 38 mpg in motorway driving.
The Impreza Limited features a leather seat, six-way power adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control and color display in the instrument cluster. Like the Sport model, a Harmon / Kardon audio system is available. An optional navigation system is provided by TomTom. Models equipped with the Subaru EyeSight safety suite are equipped with automatic high beams. Other EyeSight features include adaptive cruising, automatic emergency braking, blind monitoring with continuous assistance, cross-border rear alert, direction-sensitive headlamps and automatic high-beam headlamps. Optional features include automatic rear braking and a tire pressure monitoring system. A back-up camera is standard throughout the range.
The Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2018 premium starts at $ 22,155 for the sedan and $ 22,255 for the five doors and only comes with a CVT. It is based on the 2.0i basic model, adding automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and all-weather package with heated front seats, windscreens and outside mirrors. The five-door Impreza Premium models are equipped with permanent roof rails. A sunroof and certain driver assistance features such as blind zone monitoring and continuous traffic alert are available on the Premium.