Auto Review: 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S (hatch)

THE name Subaru is a Japanese word meaning ‘unite’ and in a time where value for money and safety features are a high priority for potential customers, the Japanese car maker have all but nailed the brief with the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S.

Built on Subaru’s fifth generation platform which came into being in 2016, the Subaru Impreza, with it’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system, has left the others in the segment napping, despite some tough competition.

Let’s face it, anyone looking will be testing out the Hyundai i30, Mazda3, Kia Cerato and the Honda Civic VTi. What will soon become apparent though is the safety features packed into the Impreza, and the price point to match, but more on that shortly.

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One of the standout features of the Subaru Impreza is the latest Eyesight safety system.
The technology provides for two forward facing colour cameras which are nestled up neatly behind the rear view mirror on the front windscreen.

These sophisticated cameras assist with forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control, which is a very cool feature. The system is so clever it can bring you to a complete halt if it detects someone jumping out in front of you at less than 30km/h.

Subaru’s adaptive cruise control technology now allows the vehicle’s computer software to assess traffic ahead and slow down accordingly to keep you at a safe distance. When the traffic moves off, the vehicle returns to the cruising speed.


But the Impreza’s biggest let down is the power plant. Considering the 1993 model produced 76kW from its 1.8-Litre petrol engine, not a whole lot has changed. The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 115kW and 196Nm on 91 RON fuel.

Subaru may have been better of fitting up the turbo engine from the Levorg. The swap would have added a respectable 50Nm of torque and a whole lot of fun.The engine it does come with though is mated to a 7-speed CVT transmission.

There’s no manual option, as is the case with almost the entire Subaru range, and it performs its daily rituals without a fuss, both in traffic and out on the open road. The CVT has been calibrated to ensure a smooth and effortless driving experience.

At a touch under 1,400kg, the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S has very good road manners. Riding on 225/40/18 Yokohama tyres all round also means the Impreza feels solid and compliant, which is a far cry from the spine adjusting 2017 WRX this writer owns.

Fuel economy was alright, for want of a better description, at 9.1-litres/100km, and we won’t even talk about the 0-100km/h sprint time, because if you’re in the market for a Subaru Impreza, you don’t care about tearing around the neighbourhood.

You care about protecting the family and technology and the Imreza’s 5-star ANCAP safety rating deliver that. Your focus is on the comfortable and ergonomically sound leather appointed seats, with seat warming capabilities up front.

Now were talking. The ergonomics of the cabin are on point, with everything at the touch of a button and within arms reach. The electronic display that sits between the two gauges is clear and visible, and the steering wheel has all the control goodies.

2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S

The 8-inch touchscreen is nestled into the dash nicely and with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, TomTom navigation, Bluetooth and a host of other stuff, the Impreza quickly doubles as your office away from the office.

The 6-speaker sound system, reverse camera, seven airbags, 345-litre boot and two ISOFIX points make for a good case as to why you should like the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S. It even has an off button for the auto stop/start feature. Winning.

This was a godsend, as it’s the most annoying modern day feature fitted to cars this decade. We did notice you could switch off a stack of other features too, but we thought it better to leave well enough alone.

Now back to those competitors. The 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S is impressively priced at $29,960 plus on-roads, while the Mazda 3 G25 GT tips the scales at $37,384, and the Hyundai i30 Premium comes in at around $36,655, both plus on-roads.

Service intervals are every 12,500km and it comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Capped price servicing is also on offer, with an average spend estimated at $481 per year.

Aimed at young families who want range topping safety features at a model price point, the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S is sporty and family friendly. It’s available in Dark Blue Pearl, Quartz Blue Pearl, Pure Red, Venetian Red and Crystal White Pearl.

You can also choose Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.

Our test vehicle was supplied by Subaru Australia. To find out more about the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S, contact your local Subaru dealer.



Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - unrivaled safety features; ergonomically sound interior; 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
Cons - could do with more power; space saver spare wheel; unrefined restart system.
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito is the owner of Race Academy International and a race coach with Fastrack/V8 Race Experience. He is a lover of cars, both on and off the track, but has secretly completed thousands of laps of Wakefield Park Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama combined.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> unrivaled safety features; ergonomically sound interior; 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> could do with more power; space saver spare wheel; unrefined restart system.Auto Review: 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S (hatch)