The Subaru Impreza is not a car I thought would win me over as a BabyDrive and it is not a car many would think of as a typical family car because it's a small hatch rather than an SUV… However… I was wrong!
The Impreza is super practical and completely no fuss. That was the first thing I LOVED about it. I'm in the final weeks of pregnancy and I was VERY tired when picking up the Impreza but it didn't demand anything more of me!! I just got in and could drive it without having to work out an overcomplicated media system or a drivers chair that can only be adjusted through first studying the manual and navigating the media system.
The interior is not over complicated and controls are easily located and commonsense to use.
Once you hit the road it is a pleasure to drive too, it's nippy and responsive and corners really well, so it's good fun after school or kindy drop off !!
The Subaru Impreza is a hatch so you think it wouldn't be as practical for a family as an SUV, however, it is actually more practical than a lot of similar-sized SUVs I've tested! Legroom is AMAZING in this car! I think it somehow might be even better than in the Subaru XV that I previously tested!
With a rear-facing capsule installed behind the driver's seat, we could fit a 182cm driver in front!
With a forward-facing child seat, we could fit a 184cm+ driver in front.
Installing child seats is pretty simple in here too. Two child seats fit nicely in the back seats, but I did find with a squeeze three could fit across, if they are two child seats and a slim basic booster in the middle, although accessing that central seat buckle is very difficult.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seatbacks.
I found I could just squeeze between two child seats but my shoulders were cramped up and I wouldn't want to sit there for longer than five minutes! The Subaru Impreza is a very comfortable two child seat car and occasional three.
The boot space is excellent in the Subaru Impreza too. From empty it will hold eleven shopping bags, which is comparable to the Kia Cerato which will also hold eleven. Whereas the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Volkswagen Golf each hold ten shopping bags.
The boot is much deeper in the Subaru Impreza than in the Subaru XV. So a twin or single pram fits in the boot underneath the retractable roller blind with a little shopping as well.
A tandem pram fits in the boot with a few shopping bags, but not underneath the roller blind.
Or a medium to large size dog will fit nicely in the boot of the Subaru Impreza.
Storage is mostly practical throughout the Subaru Impreza. There are two good-sized cup holders in the front central console and in the fold-down armrest in the rear central seatback. There is a phone well in front of the gear lever with USB and 12V sockets and there are more in the central console too.
The glove box and front door pockets are generous sizes however in the back there is a single map pocket and the door bins will not hold a large refillable water bottle.
The media system is simple and easy to use and navigate and it does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, which is excellent.
The reversing camera image is pretty and clear and fills the whole screen.
There is also the smaller screen, above the media screen, which shows a left kerb view when you put it in reverse and it shows the Eyesight visuals and can display time, media settings etc. In the Subaru Forester and XV hybrid models, it also shows the hybrid information.
Overall the new 2020 Subaru Impreza Hatch is a very practical and not very little family car! It holds everyone and everything a family of four could need, with great legroom and boot space! I loved the drive especially and the auto-lock and unlock doors make going to and from the car with kids much easier too.
The Subaru Impreza scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2016 onwards and has seven airbags as standard. It has not been through Child Occupancy Protection crash testing.