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2018 Subaru Impreza Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Subaru Impreza was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2018 Subaru Impreza has an attractive interior, but it won’t blow you away. There are soft-touch materials scattered about, though there are also hard plastics that give off a low-rent feeling. Both rows of seats are spacious, and there is a user-friendly infotainment system. Cargo space is below average in the sedan but above average in the hatchback.

  • "The design is modern, but it hasn't crossed the line into abstract, as is the case in some of the Impreza's rivals. Material quality is very good, despite a few cheap plastic-trim bits scattered here and there." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Interiors boast numerous padded surfaces (though some padding is wafer thin), subtle but decent-looking trim, and an available two-tone color combination." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "The Premium model's name is deceiving; it's one step up from the base model but feels very base inside. Hard plastic lines the cabin, but surfaces are padded in key areas such as the door armrest. What's chintziest is the unconvincing looking faux-metal panels along the dashboard and the plastic painted to look like metal near the gear selector. Not fooling anyone." -- Cars.com (2017)


The Impreza seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available. The front seats are spacious, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. Visibility is good in all directions. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom even for tall adults.

The Impreza comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The two rear-outboard seats each have a set of lower anchors, and each rear seat has an upper tether anchor. If you plan to strap in a safety seat onto the rear middle seat, you'll need to borrow a lower anchor from each of the outboard positions.

  • "The comfortable front seats are finally matched with rear seats that can accommodate adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Getting into a red Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback, I discovered a comfortable driver's seat offering a manual seat height adjuster and more seat track travel than my fairly long legs required. If you're tall, and you have trouble finding a small car that fits, you should check out the Impreza. A brief visit to the rear seat revealed decent cushion support and room for legs and feet, as well as soft front seatbacks that are kind to knees and shins." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "Visibility is excellent in every direction, and all that glass means the cabin feels light and airy." -- Autoblog (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Impreza include a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the StarLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Subaru’s EyeSight safety system (which includes lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Unlike some rivals, the Impreza comes standard with cutting-edge connectivity features for Apple and Android phones. They make it easy to pair your phone with the car, and they work well thanks to the touch screen’s sharp graphics. The system is intuitive, and there are redundant physical controls for some functions.

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  • "With all the new infotainment features offered for '17, it would have been easy for the new car to suffer (as many rivals have) from trying to cram too many functions into multiple layers of a touchscreen. Instead, Subaru went 'old school' by including volume and tuning knobs along with physical buttons for basic functions; others are handled through the touchscreen, but they're far easier than most to decipher and use." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "Turning the system on, I had no trouble quickly pairing to the Impreza's Bluetooth system. Graphics are modern and appealing, and Subaru supplies a power and volume knob as well as a tuning knob, making it easy to use the stereo without looking away from the road." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "While Subaru still isn't at the tippy top of infotainment technology, the system in the 2017 Impreza is the best we've seen from the company. We like the large, clear icons on the home screen, and we're happy to report that the system felt snappy and responsive. Subaru gets a round of applause for including physical buttons and dials for the audio and climate controls." -- Autoblog (2017)


The Impreza sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk. Hatchback models have 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. The Impreza sedan's trunk is smaller than many other compact sedans', but the Impreza hatchback's cargo space tops most competitors in the class.

Both models have split-folding rear seats to provide more cargo flexibility. However, the folded seatbacks sit higher than the trunk floor, so it’s not a level loading surface. The cargo area and trunk openings are wide, making it easy to load cargo.

  • "Both models have folding rear seat backs that rest a couple inches above the cargo floor when folded, but there's a ramp bridging the gap that should allow long items to be easily slid forward." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "Anyone putting cargo in an Impreza will notice what a huge difference the split taillights make. The hatchback's opening is wider by 5 inches; the sedan's trunk lid opening is 4 inches wider. Both access a much more versatile cargo space with or without the rear seats folded." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "Behind the seats, the hatchback offers 20.8 cubic feet of space, a bit less than last year. It's also slightly more than the Mazda3 hatch, but less than the Civic hatch. The sedan also offers more trunk space with 12.3 cubic feet of space, less than sedans such as the Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Both body styles' cargo areas have a wide mouth for easy loading and have seats that fold nearly flat with ease for more cargo space." -- Cars.com (2017)

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