Subaru Impreza 1.5R 5Dr, Subaru Impreza 2.0 S-GT, Subaru Impreza WRX 2.5 5Dr Review
Winds of Change

Text and Photos by Amery Reuben. Artistic Portraiture by Khong Shaohao
19 Oct 2007
 

Anticipating the test drive of the new, cult-like WRX would be akin to waiting for that sweet, sweet moment when Angelina Jolie decides to make moves on you. In your dreams, unfortunately...



Many, many things have been done to the new Impreza range. All in the name of sales. This is alarming, because when the Japanese tell you that, you know that many of those “things” do not include making the car faster, and not to mention, a more sporty drive.

Upmarket Affectations

First, the good news. Subaru has abandoned the terrible pig snout of the 2006 model lineup of Imprezas. Good news indeed. The thing is, well the new one isn’t exactly a stunner either.

Boy racers, say goodbye to the old WRX that you have come to know and love. That giant hoop scoop has been reduced in size, and has been moved forward about 15cm in order to work with the intercooler.

In line with Subaru’s big plan of change, the Impreza has morphed into a smooth, round and fluid form, complete with nonchalant looking headlamps and a boring grille that suggests Subaru has lost it’s way in an attempt to incorporate heritage and future in the current one.

The rear end is a whole different story however. We love the rather sophisticated, angular and pleasing C pillar, all the way to the tailgate.

You’ll also be surprised to know that the new model weighs almost the same as the old one despite being 43.2mm shorter, 43.2mm wider, 12.7mm taller. As expected, interior space has been maximized like what everyone else is doing. It sits on a wheelbase that's nearly 101.6mm longer.

We immediately took a shining to the new car’s driving position. The driver is seated lower, by more than 25mm. This automatically translated into a much better driving position than that of the old Impreza.

There is more legroom at the back and certainly truckloads of storage in the boot.

Despite the rather bland choice of interior colours used, the materials throughout the new WRX's interior are notably better, not to mention the design of the dashboard which has been brought in line with that of the the Tribeca.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1498cc
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Bore x Stroke (77.7 x 79)mm
Power 107bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 142Nm @ 3200rpm
Power to Weight 81.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 13.4s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4415 x 1740 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1310 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1994cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 9.4:1
Bore x Stroke (92.0 x 75.0)mm
Power 248bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 333Nm @ 2400rpm
Power to Weight 178.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.2s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4415 x 1740 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1390 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 8.4:1
Bore x Stroke (99.5 x 79.0)mm
Power 230bhp @ 5200rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 2800rpm
Power to Weight 164.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 209 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4580 x 1740 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1395 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs