2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

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2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

 

The Subaru Impreza has been one of the most popular Cars on sale in US since its inception. Subaru gave the Impreza a generation change in 2017 and introduced the 5th gen Impreza in the same year. The 2018 Subaru Impreza 5 Door hatch carries forward mostly unchanged from 2017 other than few subtle tweaks.

Powering the Impreza is the same 2.0L Boxer Engine generating 152hp and 145lb-ft of Torque. What gives the Impreza, an edge over its rivals is the short shifting gearbox available in the sport trim that offers immense fun in putting the car through its paces.

Speaking of rivals, the prime competitors to the Subaru Impreza include the Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda Mazda 3 hatchback and the Ford Focus Hatchback. Prices for the 2018 Subaru Impreza ranges from $19,855-$25,555, depending on the trim and transmission chosen.

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Pros

Standard All-Wheel-Drive

Well sorted NVH levels

Interior has a feel-good factor

Cons

Engine is underwhelming

Manual transmission is very inefficient

Fuel efficiency is compromised against established rivals

What's New?

The 2017 Subaru Impreza was all new. So for 2018, there is only one significant change.



Styles

 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Ice Silver Metallic color  2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Crystal White Pearl color  2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Crystal Black Silica color  2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Ice Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

6.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

6.2

Safety

9.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i

2.0i

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

$18,995 - $19,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $18,995 MSRP (24 mpg/26 mpg/31 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive N/A
2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,995 MSRP (28 mpg/31 mpg/37 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Premium

2.0i Premium

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

$21,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,795 MSRP (28 mpg/31 mpg/37 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Sport

2.0i Sport

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

$22,595 - $23,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $22,595 MSRP (22 mpg/25 mpg/30 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive N/A
2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,395 MSRP (27 mpg/30 mpg/35 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Limited

2.0i Limited

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

$24,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,695 MSRP (28 mpg/31 mpg/37 mpg) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm2H4regular unleaded
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.5

Overall Rating


One of the most legendary names in Rallying, Subaru created a massive legacy in the market with its Impreza range of cars. Now, in its 5th Generation, the Impreza offers a lot more features, power and performance. The 2018 Subaru Impreza carries forward unchanged from 2017 and gets a few feature changes. A Safety feature change includes the Automatic turning on of the Headlight for when the wipers get activated.


7.6/10
Features

 

6.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

6.2/10
Exterior

 

9.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Features

7.6/10

The 2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan comes in a Total of 4 Trims, starting from the base Hatchback followed by the ‘Premium’, ‘Sport’ and the Top of the Line ‘Limited’ trim. People going for the Sport trim, have the luxury of driving home their Impreza with the Superb Short Shifting Manual Gearbox that Subaru uses in its Rally cars.

Trim

2.0i 5 Door

Premium 5 Door

Sport 5 Door

Limited 5 Door

MSRP(Manual)

$19,855

-

$23,455

-

MSRP(Automatic)

$20,855

$22,655

$24,255

$25,555

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

Body Colored Side Folding Mirrors

5 Speed Manual Transmission

Lineartronic CVT transmission with 7 Speed Manual Control via Paddle Shifters

 

Power Windows and Side 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

 

We Recommend

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.

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Engine

6.2/10

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–Cnet.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan 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. The Standard AWD ensures that the Hatch doesn’t miss out on Traction at high speeds or when the road conditions get tricky.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus Hatchback

MSRP

$20,980

$21,235

$21,285

$21,415

Engine

2.0L Flat 4

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

6-speed Automatic

CVT

6 Speed AMT

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower(hp)

152@4000rpm

162@ 6200 rpm

152@ 6000 rpm

160@6500rpm

Torque(lbs-ft)

145@6000rpm

150@4700 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. 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 2018 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

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

0-60 MPH(sec)

9.0

7.2

8.1

8.5

Quarter mile(sec)

16.9

15.5

16.0

16.7

Emission

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

5.5

6.8

5.6

5.7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3082

2943

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 2018 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

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

10.9

12

11.0

10.9

Brake Rear (in.)

10.8

10.3

10.4

9

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

NA

122

110

In terms of braking performance, it’s the Ford Focus that takes the top honors in being the best at braking. The Subaru takes the second spot and the Mazda has to suffice with a 3rd.

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Fuel Economy

7.7/10

One of the disadvantages of an AWD system, comes in the form of average MPG figures. The 2018 Impreza hatch is a living testimony to this fact. The Subaru delivers an overall MPG figure of 26MPG and is the lowest among its rivals.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

MPG (city)

24

24

28

24

MPG (highway)

31

32

37

34

MPG (combined)

26

27

31

28

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.2

14

13.2

12.4

Range(Miles) Overall

343.2

378

409.2

347.2

Talking of the best performers, the Mazda 3 delivers the best MPG figures and range. The Elantra GT comes in a close second and the Focus comes in 3rd.

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Interior

7.9/10

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

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.1/56.2/42.2

38.5/57.2/42.2

38.3/55.6/43.1

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

37.2/55.6/36.5

38.5/55.4/34.8

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

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

20.8

24.9

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 2018 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 2018 Impreza has improved on the features offered on the inside. Some highlights include

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Powered Driver Seats
  • Push Button Start
  • Steering Mounted Audio, Cruise and Telephony Controls
  • Heated Front Seats

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Exterior

6.2/10

The fifth generation Subaru Impreza debuted for 2017. The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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

Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Length(in)

175.6

170.9

180.3

171.1

Width(in)

70.0

70.7

70.7

71.8

Height(in)

58.9

57.7

57.3

57.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

5.9

6.1

NA

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

104.3

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 2018 Impreza remains mostly unchanged from the 2017 version, there are few visual distinctions between the 2018 and the 2017 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

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Safety

9.1/10

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 2018 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

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Competition

Subaru Impreza vs. Hyundai Elantra GT

The Elantra GT is one of the most practical cars in the segment and is one of the most VFM offering from the Korean Manufacturer. The Elantra is frugal than the Impreza, has better equipment than it and packs in more cargo than the Subaru. The Subaru on the other hand is the better car to drive, has impeccable safety and comes with Subaru rugged reliability and durability.

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. Ford Focus

One of the biggest challengers to the Subaru Impreza in terms of handling comes from the Ford Focus. The Ford Focus has been a favorite among tuners and people looking for fun to drive cars. However lately, ford hasn’t been able to sell the Focus in numbers that they would have wanted to because of the dated design and compromises in the interiors. The Subaru remains the more practical car because of its AWD system and rugged reliability.

2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Final Verdict

One of the biggest favorites among the masses, the Subaru Impreza was conceived in its 5th generation avatar in 2017. For 2018, Subaru has carried forward with not many changes in the Hatch. The 2018 Subaru Impreza remains fun to drive, offers superb road manners in tricky conditions and comes with unmatched safety and reliability. If you are willing to overlook the slightly dull engine and MPG figures, then the Subaru Impreza will definitely be one of the best choices that you can make.