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2019 Subaru Impreza Interior Review


Interior: 8.1

The 2019 Subaru Impreza has an attractive interior, but it isn’t as nice as some rivals. Soft-touch materials mix with low-grade plastics. However, there’s plenty of space in both rows, and the infotainment system is user-friendly. Cargo space is below average in the sedan but above average in the hatchback.

  • "The Impreza's interior is pleasant, but not revolutionary. Subaru uses extensive upscale materials and soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 Subaru Impreza seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available. There’s plenty of space in both rows, so most adults can fit comfortably in the back. Visibility is great in all directions.

The Impreza comes with two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. The middle rear seat has a third tether anchor, and you can borrow a lower anchor from each rear-outboard seat. The whole setup is remarkably easy to use.

  • "… the seats are supportive offering excellent legroom both front and rear." -- 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 rearview camera and the StarLink infotainment system with a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Aha smartphone app integration, and a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Available features include automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, a six-speaker stereo, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a larger 8-inch touch screen with a built-in navigation system. Subaru’s EyeSight safety system is also available and includes goodies such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert are available too.

The StarLink infotainment system is intuitive, with crisp graphics and rapid response times. 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. That’s smaller than most rivals. On the other hand, hatchback models have above-average space, with 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet with them folded.

Subaru widened the Impreza’s trunk opening with the 2017 redesign, making it easier to load cargo. Additionally, both body types have split-folding rear seats to provide more cargo flexibility. However, because the folded seatbacks sit higher than the trunk floor, the loading surface is not flat, although there is a ramp-like piece that bridges this gap.

  • "All that back-seat legroom comes at the expense of cargo space, however, with the Impreza sedan offering only 12.3 cubic feet, and the hatchback 20.8." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

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