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You only have to mention the Subaru Impreza and images of the hot rod WRX come flooding to mind. The Impreza has long been a well-built, reliable and popular small car and the new model introduced in 2007 was even better than those cars it replaced. There was always something off-putting about the way Impreza doors closed, a feeling of flimsiness that suggested a lack of quality.  That was before the new model in 2007, which for the first time had frames around the windows in the doors. You might think that adding doorframes is a small change, but in terms of the impact it had on the Impreza it was a major revision.  While it was a most welcome change it also seemed to signal a major change in thinking at Subaru.
It was as if Subaru had decided to come in from the cold; it was the final step from being a somewhat quirky outsider to being a solid mainstream carmaker. Subaru only offered a five-door hatch at the Impreza's launch, but there were three models, plus the WRX, which we'll hold over for another story.
Inside the cabin, there was a fresh new dash, upgraded seats and trim, better insulation and isolation, and a height and reach adjustable steering column. Under the bonnet was the familiar 2.0-litre flat-four, but with 20 per cent more power and seven per cent more torque.
On the road that translated into more urge and better drivability, and motor-noters reckoned it was also smoother.  Bolted to the back of the engine was either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed auto, while drive was directed through all four wheels.
Pay $14,500-$19,500 to join the Impreza club with an R, $16,500-$22,000 for an RX, or $18,500-$24,500 for an RS. Carsguide has received few complaints about the Impreza, and those that have landed here have been of a minor nature and not to be too concerned about.


ANCAP handed the Impreza a five-star rating on the back of its array of airbags, which provided front, side and curtain protection, along with its impressive active safety package. ALSO CHECK THESEMAZDA 3 - 2007-2008: Premium small car looks good, is well built with excellent on-road   manners and plenty of safety features. The popular small car got even better with new looks, an improved cabin and a more solid feel. Volkswagen has given the Tiguan a mid-life overhaul that brings the capable soft-roader back to the top of the class. VW are keen on an entry level front-wheel drive model to give it a direct competitor to the two-wheel drives from the likes of Hyundai ix35 and Toyota RAV4. All front-wheel Tiguans and one of the AWD models will carry the BlueMotion badges indicating they’re particularly fuel efficient thanks to features such as stop-start engine technology and regenerative braking. There is plenty of good stuff in the options catalogue - adaptive damping that firms the suspension for a quick fang or soften the bumps when the baby’s asleep, systems that detect driver fatigue, warn when the car drifts out of its lane and can even park the compact SUV. Body roll is another feature of the compact SUV class but the Tiguan has less of it than some rivals. The seating position isn’t as upright as many in the class, which is a blessing and between the height and reach adjustable steering and height adjustable seat there was never an issue in finding a comfortable driving position. The WRX rally rocket has come to define   the small Subaru, but to forget the rest of the range would be unfair. Now, with the windows supported by frames, the doors closed with a solid feel that made the Impreza experience much more satisfying.


She says it handles well on all terrain, particularly on wet dirt roads, it looks good, the fuel economy is good, and the bucket seats are comfortable.
Offers good build quality, impressive all-round performance, pleasant to drive, and is easy to move on when it comes time to sell. There are now seven engines - three diesels and four petrols - with improved fuel use along with a suite of potentially life-saving technology that has flowed down from the luxury models in the VW Group. It was noticeable but didn’t upset the suspension and the cars either tracked true or progressively understeered with a whine of the tyres if entry speed was too high. Oil can quickly clog an engine's vital internal passages, and blockages quickly wreck an engine. On the other hand she says the auto transmission is sluggish on takeoff, the body sheetmetal feels very thin and flimsy, and dents easily, and there's too much plastic on the interior. They do use some oil, which makes it important that the engine oil level is regularly checked.



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