2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Review

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S road test and review…

The current Subaru Impreza is an impressive vehicle. Pardon the pun.

I’m already a huge fan of the Subaru brand - everything they churn out is excellent so really they are often competing against their own standard.

For better or for worse, a lot has changed compared with the previous model while there’s a lot that hasn’t.

On the exterior, the  Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S hatchback looks much the same as it did design-wise. A notable improvement are the 18” alloys with more sold, robust spokes similar to those found on Subaru SUVs.

But it’s in the cabin that sees the most marked improvements with a new dashboard design.

Gone are the flat, straight panels and squared off vents (common to that era of Subaru vehicles) and in is a more contoured shape, with soft touch materials, stitching and a matte chrome finish blended into the door frame.

This combined with the faux carbon fibre door handles, more integrated HUD and premium seats give the cabin a more sophisticated feel.

Altered too are the three A/C dials and the squarish steering wheel control buttons replaced by flush button pad that are large and easy to press and soft to the touch.

But the most impressive aspect of the Impreza is the infotainment system.

Subaru have made improvements to the previous, already superior, interface adding bold colours, layered animations and comprehensive data to really enhance the in-car experience.

The graphics on both the touch screen and the upgraded HUD are eye catching complete with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and info on the car’s gradient and safety components.

Exclusive to the top of the line model are powered and heated front seats, auto headlights and wipers, dual zone climate, heated mirrors, steering responsive headlights and a safety package including blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert on top of existing driving aids.

The Impreza 2.0i-S also comes fitted with a sunroof, electric park brake with hill hold, auto start stop and a rear view camera.

Performance-wise, the Subaru Impreza, like with all Subarus, you can be assured of a solid chassis and steady ride.

And like all Subarus the Impreza comes with AWD for a bit more off-road competence and a 2.0 litre boxer engine providing more stability with a lower centre of gravity.

Another fantastic attribute is the soft suspension making it a floaty, absorbent ride over speed humps even at greater speeds, although this means a compromise on handling.

Sure the acceleration power off the mark isn’t mind-blowing with less than 200Nm of torque, and this isn’t helped by the CVT but there is enough there if pushed.

One terrific design feature is the orange lane assist light being on the inside of the wing mirror - making it obvious and quick to glance rather than a tiny icon on the outside edge of the mirror as is usually the case.

Cabin space is deceptively large, seemingly wider than the Impreza small car category would suggest.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S has had some welcome upgrades  especially from the driver’s seat and is priced from a justified $29,190.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S

Engine: 2.0L petrol producing 115kW and 196Nm

Transmission: CVT

Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Japan

Price: From $29,190


  1. Thanks, Simon. I enjoyed reading your review on the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S. I presently own a Golf 7 Comfortline, and since I frequently drive on course surfaced country roads, my main priorities in my next new car are low levels of road noise and ride comfort. I would like to ask your opinion as to how the Impreza compares with the Golf in regards to ride comfort and cabin noise over these course- chipped surfaces at highway speeds? Also, are there any other cars in this class that you also recommend?

  2. Thanks for the feedback Shane. The Impreza had suspension that was more forgiving than average. It’s hard for us to comment as VW hasn’t granted us access to the Golf since 2015. You can’t go wrong with another European car like the Peugeot 308. The GTI was nominated for Behind the Wheel’s Car of the Year last year. My colleague Joel was recently impressed by the Allure. http://behindthewheel.com.au/2017-peugeot-308-allure-review/

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