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The new Subaru Impreza - equipped with confident handling and a well-built, cockpit-inspired cabin - is ready for takeoff.

20 Mar 2017

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Subaru takes off with a completely revamped Impreza for 2017. It is the brand's first model to come equipped with the all new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) and boasts enhanced driving dynamics, new styling, as well as plenty of safety equipment and driver assistance features.

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).

Numerous controls and instruments in the Impreza's cabin make it feel like a fighter jet

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.

A secondary central display augments the driving experience with easy-to-read information

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.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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.

The 1.6-litre Boxer engine, which is mated to a Lineartronic CVT, puts out 112bhp and 150Nm of torque

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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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder Horizontallyopposed 16-valve DOHC Boxer

Engine Cap

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1600cc

Horsepower

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84kW (113 bhp)

Torque

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150 Nm

Transmission

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Lineartronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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12.4sec

Top Speed

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185km/h

Fuel consumption

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15.6 km/L

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