Subaru Impreza to return to the UK

Subaru Impreza front
20 Mar, 2014 3:41pm Jordan Bishop

The Subaru Impreza will arrive back on UK shores in May, priced from £17,495

The Subaru Impreza is to return to the UK from May, with prices starting from £17,495 for the Japanese hatchback. For an added £1,500 you can spec the Impreza with the automatic CVT transmission, too, with both models getting symmetrical all-wheel drive as standard.

Available in only one trim level, the five-door Impreza will be powered by a new-generation of the four-cylinder 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine found in its predecessors. Developing 112bhp and 150Nm of torque, it accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds with the manual transmission, making its way on to a top speed of 114mph.

A limited-slip differential fitted to manual versions and an electronically-controlled Multi-plate Transfer clutch in the automatic, help manage torque distribution between the front and rear wheels if the car detects one of the axles loosing grip.

Subaru has also repositioned the Impreza’s A-pillar in a bid to improve practicality  – it’s further forward than in older versions, giving the car a more aerodynamic appearance as well as increasing cabin space.

On top of more interior room, the RC specification the UK Impreza comes in also offers dual-zone air-conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick, heated front seats, and a multi-purpose display screen above the centre console. 

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A good Focus alternative for those that need that extra grip, but that 1.6 boxer petrol isn't going to be the most economical.

"Developing 112bhp and 150Nm of torque, it accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds "

From a 1.6??? About 10.5 is the norm?

That looks horrid!

Nobody cares about the standard Impreza, we only care about the WRX or STi, you hear that Subaru?!

I'm really pleased to hear that the regular Impreza is making a come back on these shores. I used to own a 2 litre Impreza 2005 model and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable cars I have driven and owned. I do laugh at people who say that it is pointless having AWD in a medium size hatchback, because they have obviously never driven such a vehicle in the sort of weather and in the kind of country terrain I have.

Not quite that simple though. The extra weight and complexity of the four wheel drive running gear will blunt performance to some degree. And economy for that matter.

I like it, if I was in market for a Focus size car then this be it, much much better looking than French offerings that's my opinion and makes a change from the many SUV's / CUV's

**ITS JUST A VAUXHALL ASTRA GM OWNS SUBARU ALL THE BIG BOYS/MAKERS ARE KNOCKING THE SAME CARS OUT WITH DIFFERENT BADGES A STANDARD SUBARU IS A SHED I WOULD'NT DARE !**

Fuji Heavy Industries owns Subaru which is 17% owned by Toyota. I believe.

GM hasn't had any stake in Subaru since 2005...

Speak for yourself, personally I wouldn't touch those chavster versions with a bargepole but the standard one is quite interesting.

Indeed, and even when GM did have a small share in FHI the cars still had no mechanical relationship to GM products! In fact GM in their wisdom actually decided to rebadge the Impreza as a Saab for the US market!

**ERRR NO. YOUR WAY OFF THE MARK BEREAL, WAY OFF!**

Again,I feel sorry for you all as we get it with the 2lt engine (Australia)and it's still considered slow compared to the competition,so with a 1.6 it must be painful.Good reliable car though and I agree AWD is great in normal daily driving.All small cars are getting too heavy,and getting bigger/heavier with each new generation.

No need to feel sorry for anyone, there are quick cars on sale if they are needed.

But they are not really necessary.

Sounds like you've been battered into economy submission.I like regular cars that go well not a sports car that costs much more and isn't as practical or reliable.(or hot hatch) The 2lt Imprezza costs only $23990 Aust (including taxes),which works out cheaper than your 1.6 model.

You will always pay more to live in a cultured and civilised part of the globe though, so we are used to that here in Blighty..lol..

Crass and over crowded you mean,always raining...lol,where here it's convict land eh....

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