Subaru Impreza Video 2020 Review

2020 Subaru Impreza Video Road Test Review

MY20 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Hatch.

Subaru refreshed Impreza for 2020, building on the good reputation the little hatch built over many years.Although the changes are cosmetic, Impreza remains one of our favourite small cars.

It is great value, has top drawer safety, and a drivability once only associated with posh cars. It now has added safety, extra sound deadening, and better ride and handling.

What are the changes in the 2020 Impreza?

All variants

  • New design alloy wheels
  • Automatic door locking
  • SI-Drive
  • Re-profiled grille, front bumper and front fog light design

All hatch variants

  •      Smoked-finish rear combination light design (hatch-only)

Impreza 2.0i Premium

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Front View Monitor

Impreza 2.0i-S

  • Updated LED headlight design
  • Auto power folding mirrors + auto dipping passenger side mirror
  • Front View Monitor
  • Side View Monitor
  • Memory Driver’s Seat
  • Stitched MFD visor
  • Piano black air conditioning controls surround

What is S/I Drive?

S (SPORTS) – Enables linear acceleration. It is an all-round mode that provides ample everyday performance.

I (INTELLIGENT) – power output in response to accelerator operation is moderate, creating smooth, environmentally-friendly performance. The Intelligent mode throttle characteristic is designed for low fuel consumption.

MY20 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Hatch.

Outside:

Impreza appears little changed. The look is slightly muscular without being overdone.

There is a distinct “Japanese” look. Head and tail lights are LED. The slim front end and pert rear are relatively plain for those who prefer an understated look.

There are a few subtle character lines along the side to continue the simple, uncluttered look.

There are 4 models, 2.0, 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i-S. Our car, the S, is the range topper with all the bells and whistles.

There is a standard sunroof for people who like a spot of sun. For summer, keep the dual-zone air conditioning set on deep freeze with everything closed up nice and tight. Exterior mirrors fold when you lock the doors.

Door locking is via proximity sensors, which allow the key to remain secreted safely about your person. Press the indented lines on the surface of the door handle to lock, the inner surface of the same handle to unlock. Check folding mirrors for locking confirmation rather than pulling on the door handle, for obvious reasons.

Unlocking the boot also unlocks all doors.

MY20 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Interior.

The Cabin:

Is serene and comfortable.

The sound system uses an 8” touch screen, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Nifty gadgets include cameras that are displayed in both the main screen, and the smaller auxiliary screen high on the dash. When reversing, there is rear cross traffic alert with emergency braking, avoiding the stress of tight car parks.

The side-view camera gives you a great view along the front passenger’s side, with further cameras at the front and rear. They can be turned on at will, and turn on automatically when the sensors see something you don’t.

Seating is extremely comfortable with powered driver’s (with 2 memory positions) adjustment.

Surfaces are tacticle with a soft, premium feel.

MY20 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Infotainment.

A flush-fitted touch screen controls the infotainment system, which has excellent sound. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto can be used with voice control. A short press for car voice control, and a longer press for Apple.

Impreza is even better once you’re under way.

Fixtures and fittings are good quality, and the atmosphere is calm, and very quiet.

Things are so quiet, that passengers only stir when the driver flings them into a corner with more enthusiasm than is warranted. Impreza is eager to please. The AWD system is used by all Subarus apart from the rear wheel drive BRZ. No other car maker can make such a bold statement.

Corners are dispatched with ease, and in S mode, revs are kept up in the power band. In this mode, the CVT simulates gears by using pre-set ratios. Unless you need extra oomph, i-mode does best.

MY20 Subaru Impreza Rear View Camera.

Impreza My20 Manufacturer’s List Price*

Sedan    Hatch

2.0i                                                     $23,740 $23,940

2.0i-L                                                  $25,860 $26,060

2.0i-Premium                                    $28,390 $28,590

2.0i-S                                                  $31,16 $31,360

  • Engine: 2.0L Boxer 4 cyl (aka flat four, horizontally opposed)
  • Power: 115kw @ 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 196Nm @ 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Drive wheels: All-Wheel-Drive (symmetrical with Active Toque Split)
  • Economy (L/100K): combined – 7.2
  • CO2: 163g/k
  • Fuel Tank: 50L

MY20 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S Hatch.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.