Aggressive hard accel/engine braking
Duration of car driven:
Less than 1 month
There are too many bad points about the new Impreza 2008 to recommend it to anyone. However it is the best car I have bought and wished I could have owned it earlier.
I love the steering wheel and the sporty feel when sitting in the car. Better than my previous Mazda. The engine sounds like a VW beetle on steroids - lots of noise but goes like a donkey. And it is ugly enough to keep the posh suits away from buying the car and ruining its hardcore image, although the granny queue in the showroom had me worried a bit.
Compared to the slick Hondas the manual shifting is a bit notchy. The clutch is just as bad. The stock sound system is a lot better than the stock Hondas though.
Chassis is not as stiff as either Mazda or Honda (Hondas being the stiffest of all the chassis I have owned). This means bumps come into the cabin with a doppler like effect - .....doinggggggGGGGGGGggggggg......
Suspension is too soft. This is meant to be a sport car but it is softer than the family Accords ???
Handling is not as sharp as the Accord '98 but better than the Accord '04 V6 which is too front heavy.
But you can see that Subaru try harder and for all of its faults, I am still happy to have it and drive it.
If you want a car buy a Honda. If you want an experience buy an impreza !!!
Sporty interior and simple to use controls.
Big noise but no power, notchy manual gears, indicator on left side, small boot.
Overall, in terms of design wise, it has the European feel.
If possible take manual tranmission instead of auto.When change to each higher gear from 1st gear,you can feel the power and throttle increasing. Fun and enjoyable driving.
Nice exterior and interior. More like European design. Boxer engine with Sport shift for more power.
Initial pickup a bit slow, maybe because of boxer engine.
had been driving the car for 2 months , half of my time on the road had to be in sport mode to keep up with traffic . but i can tell you this is the car best of both world , it is auto but can change gear if you need power , like arcade car . my previous was the 1.6m and my leg got tired especilly in jams ,so no regrets from maunal to this car. cheers asdzds