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20 Mar 2017 | Text by Anthony Lim, Photos by Low Fai Ming
Ready for Takeoff
The new Subaru Impreza - equipped with confident handling and a well-built, cockpit-inspired cabin - is ready for takeoff.
The test car we drove - the Subaru Impreza 4D 1.6 - comes in at $105,800 while its 2.0-litre brethren will set you back $120,800 (both prices as of 17th March 2017).
Getting behind the wheel of the 2017 Impreza was an other-worldly experience, reminding us of how strangely the interior of the car resembles a fighter jet cockpit. But will this Flight Cadet receive its wings?
Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby
A plethora of controls and instruments greet you as you step inside the fifth generation Subaru Impreza, which can be daunting at first. But once you get used to them, you'll be as adept as Maverick was in his F-14 Tomcat.
The Impreza's modern and upmarket cabin features not one, not two, but three information displays. An electronic instrument cluster and central display come as no surprise but Subaru has added a secondary central display, which augments the driving experience.
It is situated above the infotainment unit and displays information - including average fuel consumption, oil and water temperature, and angle of elevation - in a minimalist layout for easy viewing and a more engaging drive.
An intuitive 8.0-inch touchscreen takes centre stage on the dashboard, offering standard features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, as well as shortcuts to your favourite apps.
Other driver assistance systems include a built-in Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Blindspot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and a Rear Vision Camera.
High-quality soft touch materials strewn about the Impreza's cabin give it a premium feel, comparable to more luxurious European sedans.
Leather seats, which come standard in both engine variants, offer adequate back support and comfort during long journeys. Other premium bits include aluminium pedals and a leather-wrapped gear shifter.
Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full
There's something about being in the driver's seat of the Impreza that makes you want to break the sound barrier.
Unfortunately, you won't be breaking any land speed records with its 1.6-litre Boxer engine and Lineartronic CVT gearbox, which require a fair bit of runway in order to take flight.
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4-cylinder Horizontallyopposed 16-valve DOHC Boxer
84kW (113 bhp)
Lineartronic CVT (A)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)