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Subaru Impreza – UK’s First Saloon Using Subaru Global Platform

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Sep 26, 2018
Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza uses boxer engines, sharp chassis and an all-new global platform for the UK models

Subaru has finally unveiled that the Subaru Impreza 2018 is using Subaru’s global platform for the first time and it is one of the most rugged Japanese models with the muscular looks, horizontally opposed boxer engines and sharp chassis. It is a reliable all-wheel drive vehicle and really matches the needs of the niche. The global platform has been used for the first time on the Subaru Impreza models and this platform will definitely build the backbone for all Subaru models coming in future.

Subaru Impreza Side View

Subaru Impreza Side View

How is new Subaru Impreza different from the rest?

The new Subaru Impreza as a starter model with the new platform would be the bottom dollar till it proves itself as a reliable, affordable and efficient vehicle. Although it comes with a permanent symmetrical all-wheel drive CVT transmission system as standard but must keep in mind that the all-wheel-drive system always sucks the fuel economy. Then comes the trim level or rather levels, there is only an SE trim which leads the Impreza from the front and the bottom.

Subaru Impreza Interior

Subaru Impreza Interior

So picking the colour is the only choice?

Not really, there is an exclusively refined Subaru Impreza engine lineup, where a buyer can opt for an engine from two available choices. A really popular 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine coupled with a CVT gearbox and an economical 1.6-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. Both Subaru Impreza engines for sale in the UK are powered by petrol, there is no diesel option at all, either a manual transmission is missing, the only option is a CVT.

Subaru Impreza Engine

Subaru Impreza Engine

What are they like to drive?

This is the most valuable part of the discussion because a power unit always meant something in a vehicle. This section defines the easiness of living with a car like Subaru Impreza. As there are two engine options available on the Impreza models and both are petrol. A 2.0-litre boxer engine is capable cranking 154bhp and delivers a smooth and reasonable punch. There is a lack of torque noticed on the engine where it has only 145Nm of torque. It takes just under 10 seconds to reach the benchmark speed of 62 miles per hour. Like the majority of mainstream rivals and Subaru’s own models using the turbocharging on its power units, Subaru Impreza engines desperately missing the turbo power.

Subaru Impreza Rear View

Subaru Impreza Rear View

On the other hand, if the green car index would be considered, the Impreza is nowhere close to being a green car. It has a carbon emission of more than 150 g/km and claimed fuel economy is up to 38 miles per gallon. All this shows the 2.0-litre engine as a sluggish unit on Impreza but what about the 1.6-litre engine? The 1.6-litre engine cranks 112bhp of power at almost 6200rpm and a modest torque of 111lb-ft which starts flowing at its peak when engine rpm reaches to 4000 per minute. Again being a smaller and slower Subaru Impreza engine, the zero to 62 miles per hour benchmark speed takes 12.4 seconds. A company car driver cannot think about any of these engines at all because both engines are sluggish and slower for the company car drivers while they sit at the higher tax bands as well.

The aftermarket conditions of the Subaru engines and parts in the UK are relatively better what they were in the past. There are a number Japanese engine specialists available who recondition the Subaru engines and definitely have a stock of Subaru engines. Where a Subaru engine can be sourced at relatively better prices than buy a new engine from Subaru’s main dealer. New engines usually cost 30 to 50 percent of new car value.

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