AMAZINGLY for such an iconic, all-round excellent car, the brand new Subaru Impreza Hatchback managed to sneak under the radar at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This may be explained by the fact that this isn’t the full “Colin McRae” WRX version but the “ideal for anyone looking for a solid, all-wheel drive performer that isn’t an SUV” version.
The new Subaru Impreza Hatchback is a tougher, more dynamic iteration of the Impreza with the Subaru hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlight family face. Built on the proportions of outgoing model, but with sharper lines focused towards the rear of the vehicle.
The All-New Impreza’s interior has been designed to make sure the driver is free to focus on the road ahead and enjoy driving the car. The Interior design is simple but refined with a sculpted dash and seats that have been designed to feel substantial and make you feel secure. The quality of soft touch plastics and finishes was traditionally the only criticism of Subaru and these have been much improved across the interior.
The new Subaru Impreza Hatchback will initially be available with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 2.0-litre version to follow. Both maintain Subaru’s commitment to the Boxer engine that gives them a smooth power delivery. An updated suspension system should mean that the new Impreza is more than capable of delivering a thrilling ride should the mood take you.
The Subaru Impreza Hatchback may not immediately spring to mind for most company car drivers. There is no reason why that should be the case. Subaru boast an almost legendary reliability record and they know a thing or two about making really good cars.
If you want a brilliantly engineered, practical company car that allows you to let your hair down every now and again, you could do a lot worse than the new Subaru Impreza Hatchback. A lot worse.