2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

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2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Subaru Impreza is a renowned name in the world of Rally Racing. Subaru wanted to transfer this heritage to its road going cars and one of the most affordable cars to get a feel of this legacy is the 2019 Subaru Impreza hatchback. Starting at just $19,095 for the base 2.0i variant, the Impreza is the only car in the segment that offers AWD across all variants as standard.

Powering the Impreza is the same 2.0L boxer engine generating 152hp and 145lb-ft of torque. A USP of the Impreza has to be the short shifter lifted from the WRX STI in the Sport trim that offers rally like gear shifting.

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Pros

Standard AWD across the Range

Good Safety Record

Good Noise Insulation inside the Cabin

Comfortable Seats and Ergonomics

Cons

Dull and Cheap Quality Interiors

Dull Engine Performance

Lower Cargo Space than the Rivals

What's New?

Addition of USB Ports

Sirius XM Radio


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19095

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/60.8

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

175.6 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2985 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38 cu ft.

cargo volume

55.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/26/31 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Ratings

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Base

Base

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$19,095 - $20,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,095 MSRP (28/31/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $19,095 MSRP (24/26/31) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
5-speed manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Premium

Premium

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$22,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,095 MSRP (28/31/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Crimson Red Pearl
  Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Dark Blue Pearl

 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Sport

Sport

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$22,695 - $23,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,495 MSRP (27/30/35) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $22,695 MSRP (22/25/30) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
5-speed manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Limited

Limited

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$25,690


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,690 MSRP (28/31/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Crimson Red Pearl
  Crystal White Pearl
  Crystal Black Silica
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Dark Blue Pearl

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Subaru is a legendary name in the world of automobiles due its rallying heritage from the past. They wanted to give the same rallying attributes to their road going cars and hence the Impreza was born.

The 2019 Subaru Impreza starts at $19,095 for the base variant and goes over $25,600 for the top of the line Limited variant. The famed 2.0L Subaru boxer 4 cylinder engine provides its services in the 2019 Impreza Hatchback.

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback front three quarters red
2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback front three quarters (Euro-spec)
2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback rear three quarters red
2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback rear three quarters (Euro-spec)

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Features

The 2019 Subaru Impreza 5 Door comes in a Total of 4 Trims, starting from the base 5 Door followed by the ‘Premium’, ‘Sport’ and the Top of the Line ‘Limited’ trim. Prices start from $19,095 and go over $25,500 with a variety of add-ons available to be added on to the Sedan.

Trim

5 Door

Premium 5 Door

Sport 5 Door

Limited 5 Door

MSRP

$19,095

$22,095

$22,695

$25,690

Features

5 Speed Manual Transmission

Adds these to Base Trim

Adds to or Upgrades from Premium Trim

Adds to or Upgrades from Premium Trim

 

6.5” Starlink Multimedia System with 4 Speakers with Apple Car Play and Android Auto

6.5” Multimedia PLUS system with 6 Speaker

8.0” Multimedia System with 6 Speaker

8.0” Multimedia System with 6 Speakers

 

Incline Start Assist

Heated Front Seats

Body Colored Side Rocker Spoilers

Eyesight Driver Assist Technology

 

Tire Pressure Monitor

Starlink Safety, Security

Stainless Tip Exhaust

Fog Lights

 

Rear Vision Camera

Paddle Shifters

Trunk Spoiler

Powered Driver’s Seats

 

Electronic Power Assist Steering

Heated Side mirrors & windshield wiper de-icer

Active Torque Vectoring

Folding Rear Seat Armrest with 2 Cupholders

 

16” Steel wheels with Covers

16” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

18” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

17” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

 

Multi Reflector Halogen headlamps with DRL’s

Auto On/Off Headlamps

Roof Crossbar Mounting points

LED Steering Responsive Headlamps

 

60/40 Split Flat folding rear seats

Lineartronic CVT transmission

5 Speed Manual Transmission

Lineartronic CVT transmission with 7 Speed Manual Control via Paddle Shifters

 

Power Windows and Side mirrors

Body Colored Side Folding Mirrors

Integrated Turn Signal on ORVM

Automatic Climate Control

 

Electronic Cruise Control

Red Contrast Stitching

High Beam Assist

 
 

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

Leather Wrapped Steering wheel and Gear Shift Handle

Leather Trimmed upholstery

 
 

Manual Tilt/Telescopic adjust Steering wheel

Aluminum Alloy Pedal Covers

Chrome Door handles

 
 

Front, Front Side Impact, Curtain and Driver Knee Airbags

Keyless Access with Push Button Start

   

Trim to Choose

The Base Trim would be a fabulous purchase if you are looking for a Car with AWD. That said, if you live in areas where it is cold most of the Time, we would suggest the Premium Trim as it gives features like Heated Seats and Mirrors, which we feel is a must have in those situations.

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Subaru offers only one engine for the Impreza: a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder producing 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This is about average for the compact class, although competitors offer optional engines that are more powerful. However, unlike any other stablemate, the Impreza comes with all-wheel drive standard –Cnet.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback on sale in USA comes powered by a 2.0L Subaru Boxer 4 Cylinder motor that generates 152hp and 145lbs-ft of Torque. The Motor is not the most enthusiastic to drive but does provide good amount of low end torque.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus Hatchback*

MSRP

$20,980

$20,495

$21,235

$22,010

$22,345

$21,285

$21,415

Engine

2.0L Flat 4

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L inline-four

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

6 Speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

CVT

6 Speed AMT

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower(hp)

145hp@4000rpm

153hp@5600rpm

162hp @ 6200 rpm

168hp @ 6600 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

152hp @ 6000 rpm

160hp@6500rpm

Torque(lbs-ft)

152@6000rpm

177@2000rpm

150@4700 rpm

155@4800rpm

138@4200 rpm

145@4000 rpm

146@4500rpm

The Impreza hatch is among the few cars in the segment that offers a manual transmission in more than one trim. The Manual is standard on the base trim and on the “Sport” trim. The Short Shifting gearbox in the Sport trim does improve the fun factor of the overall “Dull” drive.

*Indicates 2018 Model Year Vehicle

The top end ‘limited’ trim comes with Paddle Shifters coupled to the CVT that allows the driver to take control of the gears via a 7 Speed Gear Mechanism.

Acceleration

The 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatch has one of the Most Torquey engines of the class. This however doesn’t translate into good acceleration as the weight of the Impreza lets it down. 

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

0-60 MPH(sec)

NA

8.1

7.2

9.4

8.2

8.1

8.5

Quarter mile(sec)

NA

16.2

15.5

16.5

NA

16.0

16.7

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.5

5.5

6.8

5.7

5.1

5.6

5.7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3047

2917

2943

3060

2901

2940

2987

A Good Point about the Engine of the Impreza’s engine comes from the fact that despite being a Naturally Aspirated Motor, the Engine emits very less C02 emissions and is at par with the turbocharged motors of the segment.

Ride and Handling

The Subaru Impreza is the only car in the compact sedan segment that comes with a Standard AWD setup. This fact undoubtedly makes it one of the best Handling Cars in the segment. There is minimal Body Roll and the Chassis feels well balanced to contain the roll.

The Steering is well sorted as well, offering great feel and feedback at all times. It precisely turns in the direction you want it to without offering much fuss and drama.

The Ride comfort on the Impreza is “Impressive”. The Suspension has been well tuned to handle most pot holes and speed humps with relative ease and comfort without being too bouncy. The Interiors are well insulated from outside noise and does make for a pleasant ride experience.

Braking

The 2019 Impreza Hatchback comes with a good set of brakes that offers good stopping power and allows the Hatch to come down to a dead halt in very little time. The Brakes don’t feel spongy and offer good feedback when sufficient pressure is applied.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Brake Front (in.)

10.9

10.8

12

11.5

11.1

11.0

10.9

Brake Rear (in.)

10.8

10.4

10.3

10.5

10.2

10.4

9

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

110

NA

120

NA

122

110

The Honda Civic does have one of the best brakes in the segment but the Subaru with its AWD system adds tremendous amount of Confidence while Braking in Rainy Conditions and Snowy/Slippery Conditions.

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Fuel Economy

The 2019 Subaru Impreza does cross the 30 Mark when it comes to overall fuel efficiency figures. However, we do feel that the heft of the Impreza is what lets it down.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

MPG (city)

28

29

24

32

31

28

24

MPG (highway)

36

38

32

42

42

37

34

MPG (combined)

31

32

27

36

36

31

28

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.2

13.7

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

12.4

Range(Miles)

409.2

438.4

378

475.2

446.04

409.2

347.2

The 400+ Mile range does offer less trips to the Gas Station while on Long Drives or commutes. The Impreza is however nowhere close in terms of Range to the Toyota corolla which has an amazing 470+ mile driving range.

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Interior

8.5/10
The Impreza's interior is pleasant, but not revolutionary. Subaru uses extensive upscale materials and soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors –KBB.com

Layout, Seating and Comfort

In terms of Interior Design, the Impreza continues to sport a similar design as seen on the 2018 version and Subaru hasn’t changed it much. This means that the Interiors have been well laid out and the buttons for controlling various functions of the hatch are in proper place.

In terms of Seating, the Impreza seats 5 people with Ease and without much discomfort. There is oodles of Space inside the Cabin and plenty of Headroom and Legroom in the front and rear for most passengers. Taller passengers however, may find the rear a little tight but this is a condition existent in all other competitors.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE* Hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.9/54.9/42

39.1/56.2/42.2

38.4/53.9/42.0

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.5/57.2/42.2

38.3/55.6/43.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/55.6/36.5

37.8/53.2/36.1

38.5/55.4/34.8

37.6/54.5/29.9

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.4/35.8

38.0/52.6/33.2

The Seats have adequate bolstering and cushioning and do offer god support while sitting on them. The Rear Seats are relatively flat as compared to the competition but are comfortable enough to not tire you out over long distances.

Cargo Capacity

The 20.8L Cargo Capacity of the Impreza Hatch ranks in the middle of this category. It isn’t the best in the class but is certainly not the worst.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

20.8

22.7

24.9

17.8

25.7

12.4

23.2

The Impreza offers a wider Cargo loading bay which offers easier access to the Boot Area. The Cabin has good number of cubby holes and storage spaces inside the Cabin. The Depths of these Cubby Holes do ask for improvement.

Infotainment System

Subaru has completely redesigned the Infotainment System for the 2019 Impreza. The Infotainment System now has a bigger 8” display and a 4.2” Secondary Driver’s information Display. The System has got a major revamp in its Layout and Interface and now offers a host of Connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The Infotainment System feels very easy to use and learn and Voice Recognition works well, when the System has got accustomed with the voice of the passenger/driver. One slight niggle maybe the Magnitude of the Sound produced by the Speakers that could have been higher.

Interior Features

The 2019 Impreza has improved on the features offered on the inside. Subaru has added features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto, to keep itself at pace with the competition. Some other Features include

  • 8” Touchscreen infotainment System
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play
  • Voice recognition and Control for Audio Controls and Telephony
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Powered Driver Seats
  • Push Button Start
  • Steering Mounted Audio, Cruise and Telephony Controls
  • Heated Front Seats

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Exterior

The fifth generation Subaru Impreza debuted for 2017. The 2019 model carries over -- an unsurprising fact, given that Subaru isn’t known for making updates for the sake of making updates –Cargurus.com

Design

As with the interiors, the Exteriors of the 2019 Impreza hatchback hasn’t been changed much as Subaru didn’t feel the styling needed much tweaks.

The Designs stays conservative and simple, which doesn’t make the Subaru standout from the rest of the Competition. There are new 18” Alloy Wheels and an Exterior Body Kit in the “Sport” Trim that adds to the appeal of the Hatch.

Dimensions and Weights

The 2019 Subaru Impreza has remain unchanged in terms of the dimensions from its 2018 iteration. The Impreza is one of the most compact Hatchbacks in the segment and this gives it an advantage while parking it in tight areas or moving through crowded spaces.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LS

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback*

Toyota Corolla SE Hatchback

Honda Civic LX Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback*

Ford Focus SE Hatchback*

Length(in)

175.6

175.3

170.9

169.9

177.9

180.3

171.1

Width(in)

70.0

70.5

70.7

69.9

70.8

70.7

71.8

Height(in)

58.9

57.7

57.7

57.1

56.5

57.3

57.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

5.6

5.9

5.1

NA

6.1

NA

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

106.3

104.3

103.9

106.3

106.3

104.3

The Low Ground Clearance on the Impreza improves its Center of Gravity but makes its lower body, prone to scraping while passing over speed bumps.

Exterior Features

Since the 2019 Impreza remains mostly unchanged from the 2018 version, there are few visual distinctions between the 2019 and the 2018 model. Some of the Exterior features that stand out in the Impreza includes

  • 18” Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • LED Steering Responsive headlamps
  • Heated Side mirrors with de frosting feature
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Projector Headlamps

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Safety

The Subaru EyeSight bundles a host of active safety features and driver assistance technologies including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward-Collision Warnings With Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind-Spot Monitors
  • Active Lane Control
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts

Other Safety features on the 2019 Subaru Impreza includes:

  • Engine immobilizer
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Keyless entry system
  • Dual-stage deployment driver’s and front passenger’s front airbags(SRS)
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system(SRS)
  • Anti-theft security system
  • 4-wheel antilock braking system (ABS)
  • LATCH system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • Brake Override System
  • Rear-vision camera

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Competition

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic Sedan

The Honda Civic has been one of the most popular compact sedans of the segment. The Honda offers tremendous practicality and value in the Civic which is hard to beat. The Subaru however trumps the Civic in pricing as it is cheaper than the Civic and also offers AWD, which is a boon while driving in tricky conditions.

Subaru Impreza vs. Mazda Mazda3

When it comes to a lively and sporty handling hatchback in the segment, the Mazda 3 would be the first choice of many buyers. However, Mazda is yet to update the Mazda 3 and we don’t see it coming any time soon. The Subaru on the other hand offers a Better infotainment System than the Mazda and a ride quality, which the Mazda can’t match in any condition.

Subaru Impreza vs. Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been one of the most selling Cars of the world. The Low Cost of Ownership, Fantastic Reliability and Low Pricing supports the cause of the Corolla. The 2019 Subaru Impreza is has a better Engine and offers higher power and performance. The AWD on the Subaru however adds immense practicality when driving in snowy or wet conditions and is a must have for people, living in similar Environments.

2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Final Verdict

The 2019 Subaru Impreza has been one of the favorite Cars for Subaru loyalists. The 2019 Impreza offers modern features like a Touchscreen Infotainment System, Cruise Control and a whole plethora of Safety Features. The Engine however may be one of the Weaknesses of the Impreza as the Competition still belts out higher figures. However, if you want an AWD in your Car or you live in an Area with regular rainfalls or snowfalls, the Impreza with its standard AWD suits the Bill well.