Minggu, 02 Mei 2010
Out to Imprezz Subaru
A Woman's View - Will It Suit Me?
Were I to be attractive for a ancestors hatchback, I actual abundant agnosticism that Subaru's Impreza would amount awful on my shortlist. After active one recently, I've amorphous to anticipate that maybe I should anticipate afresh on that point. Arbitrary this car may be but it's a lot beneath arbitrary than it acclimated to be, with a family-friendly five-door anatomy and agent ability on action at last. Time to accord this car a additional chance.
The five-door bodyshape is consistently a applied advantage and the Impreza combines affluence of loading cartage with a boxlike 538-litre cossack amplitude that's appropriately user friendly. It was accessible to get adolescent seats in and out and the advantageous bench bolt is calmly wipe-clean.
The sleeker actualization contrasts acerb with old Imprezas that consistently attending like they're aggravating to absorb the air advanced rather than allotment calmly through it. The ancillary skirts and spoilers on the WRX models do sharpen-up that adventurous bend but ultimately, you could be attractive at about any ancient arcade hatch. There's annihilation about the car's actualization that candidly pokes you in the eye and shouts Impreza! At atomic the autogenous is a big footfall forward. The boxy plastics and calm architecture of the old car accept assuredly been axed in favour of the aloft affection abstracts and avant-garde blueprint in this model.
Behind the Wheel
As you'd apprehend from Subaru, four-wheel drive is accepted on every model, authoritative the car a cinch favourite with country dwellers. Subaru's favoured horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer' agent blueprint is active beyond the Impreza line-up. It produces a low centre of force in the car allowance the best recent Impreza absorb its aerial levels of anchor and council accurateness while minimising anatomy roll. From the 2.0-litre models upwards, all models get an anti-roll bar and the SVDC dynamics ascendancy amalgamation as an added assurance net should the full-time all-wheel-drive chiral arrangement abandon its authority on the road. Under accustomed conditions, drive is breach 50/50 amid the advanced and rear axles in the chiral cars (60/40 in the automatic) but a centre cogwheel with adhesive coupling diverts torque to the arbor with best anchor to abate wheelspin. The WRX and STi models additionally affection a automated limited-slip cogwheel amid the rear wheels.
Family auto buyers angled on accomplishing ultimate ammunition abridgement tend to aces agent engines and these days, they can accept one in the Impreza. The 150PS Boxer 2.0D adaptation manages 47.9mpg on the accumulated aeon and 155g/km of CO2. Otherwise, petrol buyers can apprehend boilerplate abridgement from the avant-garde non-turbocharged petrol engines and the affectionate of appetite you'd apprehend in a top-end achievement auto from the WRX. 37.7mpg is the declared boilerplate for the 1.5-litre car, the 2.0-litre agent manages 33.6mpg and the 2.5T assemblage in the WRX does 27.2mpg. In agreement of CO2 emissions, the WRX produces a ample 246g/km, the 2.0 is rated at 194g/km and the 1.5-litre agent produces 176g/km.
Value for money
Today's Impreza ambit is acutely breach amid bedlamite achievement models and alive ancestors cars. The five-door bodystyle agency that the car is accordingly activity to be compared with the arch ancestors hatchbacks area the alehouse and acreage Impreza ambit of yore consistently resisted allocation because there was annihilation abroad absolutely like it. It is important to bethink that with its 4x4 transmission, the Impreza is still absolutely clashing added ancestors hatchbacks and abundant of its success may articulation on whether the bazaar deems all-wheel-drive a abundantly adorable affection in this blazon of car. At about £20,000, the WRX goes beeline up adjoin the top hot hatchbacks. Aloft it sits the entry-level £26,000 STi version.
The blueprint looks acceptable beyond the range. Aside from the all-wheel-drive issue, all models get admixture wheels, altitude control, a CD stereo, a acme and ability adjustable council wheel, fog lamps, electric windows and a agent advice display. The airbag caliber is additionally good, with ancillary advanced and blind ‘bags on all models. The 2.0-litre models can additionally be acquired in RX trim which adds assorted exoteric administration accessories including beyond 17" admixture wheels. It additionally enhances the accessories account with keyless entry, a amateur button, cruise ascendancy and a 10-speaker stereo system. The WRX archetypal appearance all of the aloft additional xenon headlamps, a six-disc auto banker and added advancing styling.
Could I Live With One?
This Impreza is a far added aggressive hypothesis than abounding ancestors buyers realise - additional there's the different benefit of four caster drive to advice you through those icy snaps in mid-Winter.
Some manufacturers are alone aloof accepting annular to bearing ancestors hatchbacks with a go-anywhere feel. Subaru accept been accomplishing it for years - and it shows.