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2016 Subaru Impreza Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Subaru Impreza was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Subaru Impreza's interior has high-quality materials and user-friendly controls, according to critics. Reviewers say that some buyers will like the cabin's simple design, but others will wish it had more flash. The Impreza has comfortable front seats, auto writers report, and one of the most spacious rear seats in the class. The Impreza sedan's trunk space is below average for a compact car, but the Impreza hatchback's cargo capacity is above average.

  • Some will appreciate the straightforward design of the 2016 Subaru Impreza. Others may think it's plain." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2016 Subaru Impreza's interior design is pretty conservative, which might turn off buyers looking for more flair. Others will find it clean and likely to withstand the test of time. Materials and build quality are decent for the segment, highlighted by soft-touch materials and tight panel gaps." -- Edmunds
  • Save a redesigned multimedia system, the cabin's conservative layout hasn't changed for 2015, and it's starting to look outdated. But cabin materials impress, with a level of consistency - low-gloss padding on both rows of doors, for example - that's rare in this class." -- Cars.com (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Subaru Impreza seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include a higher-quality cloth upholstery, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Auto writers say it's easy to find a comfortable driving position in the Impreza. They add that its front seats are spacious and its rear seats are among the roomiest in the class.

  • "The front seats are comfortable on long road trips (although there's little in the way of lateral support), and head- and legroom are above average for the class. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment, making this Subaru eminently suitable for small families." -- Edmunds
  • "There's decent room for four adults, and cargo space is generous, especially in hatchback models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Shorter drivers will love the low hoodline and generous range of seat-height adjustment. Everyone will appreciate the same from the tilt/telescoping steering wheel. For its class, the Impreza has ample front headroom and legroom." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Subaru Impreza include a rearview camera, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system, which has a 6.2-inch touch screen. Available features include navigation, a moonroof, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, proximity key, a 7-inch touch screen, automatic climate control and Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system, which has adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning. The Starlink Safety and Security system is new for 2016. It includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle notification and other features.

Most of the Impreza's dashboard controls are easy to use, according to critics, though they say the seat heater buttons can be hard to find. Some reviewers complain that both the standard and optional audio systems have poor sound quality.

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  • Either way, the Impreza's interior is easy to use, with controls easy to see and reach. The exception would be the buttons for the front-seat heaters hidden below the driver's-side armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On a sour note, the Impreza's audio systems deliver disappointing sound quality, even by the modest standards of this class." -- Edmunds
  • "In general, Impreza's controls are clearly marked and logically placed. The audio system and climate controls are mounted fairly high on the dash and are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Subaru Impreza sedan has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for a compact sedan. The class average is about 13 cubic feet. The Impreza hatchback has 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 52.4 cubic feet with the rear seat folded, which is good for a hatchback. Test drivers report that there are plenty of small-item storage spaces in the cabin.

  • "Cargo space is also generous, measuring 12 cubic feet in the sedan's trunk and 22.5 cubes in the hatchback's trunk. Folding the hatchback's rear seatbacks down opens up a healthy 52.4 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "Small-item storage is better than average with bottle holders in all four doors (the fronts have additional storage space too), a large open bin in front of the shifter, a bi-level bin behind the shifter, two cupholders in the console, and a good-size drop-down glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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