Is the Subaru Impreza Canada’s Top Hatchback?

March 24 2020

If you could highlight the one feature of a car that we Canadians connect with, it would most certainly be the all-wheel drive feature. Let's be honest, we go together like maple syrup and pancakes. Subaru must have had this in mind when designing the impressive new Impreza because yes, they have made a hatchback all-wheel drive and it's certainly raised our eyebrows. It's a good-looking, safety conscious and extremely well-equipped car that boasts the aforementioned all-wheel drive feature, but what we want to know is how it compares to other hatchbacks in the market.

Let's start by looking at what the 2019 Subaru Impreza hatchback offers. This comfortable ride has a roomy cabin, thoughtfully set out controls and adaptive cruise control; it also comes with the EyeSight package. Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and a back-up camera (although this is now compulsory on every new vehicle sold in Canada) are available in all models. Continuing with the already impressive list, you can add whiplash protection front seats, rollover sensors, rear child-safety door locks, three individual rear-seat head restraints and LATCH anchors for the fitment of child safety seats. This hot hatchback also has a standardized 152-horsepower, 2.0-litre engine and the Base and Sport trim levels have a regulatory five-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. 

The cars competing with the Subaru in the hatchback market throw big punches, cars such as the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Auris are all tussling for the top spot. We feel that the current heavyweight is the Mazda 3, a car that has a much showier exterior and is loaded with more features. However, where the Subaru starts returning punches is the fuel economy, it flaunts an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, compared to the Mazda 3, which only has an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Impreza also starts at an affordable $19,095 whereas the Mazda 3; a less affordable $23,600. So if you're looking for a flashier car that can provide you with more gadgets then the Mazda 3 is for you, however, if you're looking for an inexpensive, economically friendly and reliable set of wheels then you'll feel a lot more comfortable in the Subaru Impreza.

The 2019 Subaru Impreza offers its customers the choice between 2 versions; a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback, but which one is best for you? The main reason many car drivers prefer a hatchback to a sedan is practicality, they are just a far more practical car than sedans. Even the option to fold down the back seats to allow for more space in the trunk is something sedans can't offer. Many buyers also favour hatchbacks because they're more fashionable than typical sedans. Usually, most car shoppers seem to dislike station wagons, but hatchbacks provide a sleeker appearance, with a shorter rear end than the "family truckster" look of most wagons. 

In this day and age, it seems that the majority of car manufacturers are racing to create the next futuristic-looking car so it's refreshing to see that the designers at Subaru have opted for a mature look that doesn't cry for attention. The Impreza Hatchback deserves to be viewed in a different light, its own light. If you're in the market for a reliable and friendly hatchback from which you require a spacious comfortable interior, a simple control system and a healthy selection of advanced safety features then look no further than the Subaru Impreza hatchback, it won't let you down.