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.