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Subaru Impreza Pricing and Specs


Subaru Impreza
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CarsGuide has published 52 expert reviews of the Subaru Impreza. It has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10. Read all the reviews here.

The Subaru Impreza is available from $31,490 to $37,990 for the 2024 range of models in Hatchback body types.

In a sea of same-same five-door hatches, Subaru’s Impreza has always been a little different, and not just because you can have one in four-door sedan shape if you prefer. While its shape, and its face, have changed a lot over the years since its global launch, in 1992 - from sleek to shockingly bug-eyed and ugly to pretty again - it’s what’s beneath the skin that makes it special. All-wheel-drive, the kind that’s good for handling rather than  climbing sand-hills, has been a point of difference, and one the company promoted for many years by taking an active part in the sport of rallying. But it’s the engine configuration that makes it truly special. Subaru uses a 'boxer' engine, meaning its cylinders are set-up horizontally 'punching' towards each other like a boxer. While this set-up is fiendishly difficult to get right - Porsche is the only other company that has successfully managed it, and they quietly admit to being in awe of how Subaru does it at a cheaper price - but delivers genuine fun, and a unique engine note, as a result. The Impreza isn’t just different, though, it’s’ generally a very fine car indeed, and the WRX sports car that Subaru spins off the same platform is fantastic.

The 2.0L (awd) starts off at $31,490, while the range-topping, 2.0S (awd) is priced at $37,990.

This vehicle is also known as subaru xv.

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Subaru Impreza FAQs

Why does my 2017 Subaru Impreza smell like rotten eggs?

The smell you're describing has been around since 1986 when all new cars sold in Australia were forced to use unleaded petrol. That move was to protect the catalytic converters fitted from that date (leaded fuel would have damaged them) and the combination of these converters and the new fuel resulted in the smell you're noticing. So it's not new, but it does vary from car to car and possibly even from one brand of fuel to another.

It's supposed to be harmless to humans, but if you can smell it, that automatically means you're being exposed to other chemicals in the car's exhaust emissions, including various carcinogens and carbon-monoxide which is a known killer. Think of the rotten-egg smell as an early-warning system that there's exhaust gas in the air around you. Excessive gas can also be a symptom of a car's engine that is not turned correctly.

It's really important not to run a car engine inside a garage for any longer than is absolutely necessary as these toxins can build up very quickly. It sounds like your garage is attached to your house, and that reminds me why garages were once separate to the house they served. (As were kitchens in the very old days, as a means of ensuring a kitchen-fire didn't take the rest of the house with it.) Don't be tempted to reverse into the garage, instead drive in nose-first, leaving the tailpipe nearest the garage opening and never start the car with the garage door closed.

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What small all-wheel drive hatchback should I buy?

Small all-wheel drive hatchbacks are rare in Australia, as only a comparatively tiny number of people live in the sort of environments that require the added traction and surety that AWD provides.

Also, most Australian consumers seeking AWD tend to go for smaller SUVs, since they are easier to get in and out of, offer a higher seating position and generally enjoy better resale values. On the flipside, SUVs cost more to buy and run, are not as stable at increased speeds due to their higher centre of gravity and are larger to manoeuvre in tighter parking spots than a small hatchback.

The Subaru Impreza remains the least expensive small AWD hatchback you can buy new, as well as the sole mainstream-branded model starting at under $30,000.

However, while the latest-generation Impreza launched in 2016 it's a huge improvement over previous iterations (with service intervals finally extended  to 12 months/12,500km), there are a few more compelling alternatives in small crossovers – that is, the in-between segment between small cars and SUVs; they boast a few extra centimetres of ground clearance without the bulk. Note only a few crossovers offer AWD as an option.

A recent stint in the new Impreza-derived XV 2.0L Hybrid revealed it to be a powerful and economical crossover with excellent handling and road-holding capabilities. The same applies to the Mazda3-based CX-30 AWD, the Toyota C-HR 1.2L-turbo AWD and Volkswagen T-Roc 140TSI 4Motion - though none are as frugal as the Subaru.

If you're not sold on the idea of an crossover AWD and prefer a small AWD hatchback, then your only other option is to stretch to premium European hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz A250 4Matic, BMW M135i xDrive, Audi A3 quattro and Volkswagen Golf R. But all generally cost upwards of $60,000 drive-away - and that's before some of the more desirable options fitted.

Finally, unless you are travelling hundreds of kilometres ever week, there is probably no benefit choosing diesel over petrol, as the former fuel is dirtier for the environment and not as quiet and refined as the latter. Additionally, diesels are falling out of favour with buyers due to their harmful emissions, and most companies are switching to petrol/electric hybrids as a solution. Again, this means the Subaru XV Hybrid AWD.

A long response we know, Jan, but we hope this helps.

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Subaru Impreza 2008: Good price range

It would depend on which variant it is, but it’s very low kilometres for its age, which would go in its favour. I would suggest a price of $8,000 - $10,000.

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