2005 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L turbo from North America


Best car I have ever owned


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car. To this point, it has been absolutelly flawless.

General Comments:

I wanted one of these cars since I was 16 years old playing Gran Turismo. It has not dissapointed.

Its acceleration is incredible, its handling superb, it's a bit of a pig on gas, but I drive it very hard, so it is expected. Other than a speeding ticket, this car has cost me nothing other the gas.

I have a model with a sunroof, the cabin feels airy, the interior is functional and put together quite well. Its no VW on the inside, but I could not care less. Its form over function, and it still looks nice.

Turbo lag is noticeable below 3000 RPM, and the car really comes alive about 4000 RPM. Because of this, if you want to pass someone it is best to down-shift at-least one gear, if not two. The brakes are excellent.

The AWD system is great in inclement weather, and it still allows you to get the tail out if you so please.

My only complaint, is the gearbox, it works fine, but it can be a bit stubborn when its cold out. Its not always smooth.

The 16" alloys are nice, and the stock tires are alright, but I am replacing them with 17" alloys and a far more aggressive set of summer tires, the RE92 are all seasons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2006

2005 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5 NA from North America


Extremely happy with my Subie!


There have been no problems whatsoever with this car so far.

General Comments:

What an outstanding vehicle. It's fun to drive, reasonably comfortable (for a small car), AWD, and has some decent cargo room.

I achieve close to 27 MPG when pulling my small utility trailer, 30 MPG when driving at Interstate speeds (70-75 MPH) and slightly above 30 MPG when driving highway speeds (60 MPH)

The drivers seat could be a little more comfortable on long trips. However that is my only complaint.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2005

2005 Subaru Impreza STi UK PPP 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


The Impreza just gets better and better..


Nothing - zilch - zero.

General Comments:

Our first STI after 5 UK Turbo/WRXs and 1 GX Sport, and the best yet.

7000 totally reliable miles in 11 weeks, including 3000 in Germany in a Fortnight, shows it looks like it's going to follow in the wheel tracks of the previous Scoobs - huge fun and hassle free motoring.

Outstanding brakes, roadholding, handling, and performance, make for a tremendous package.

The ride is hard, but then what do people expect? Buy an S Class Merc if you want cosseting. No one can complain about it's dynamics and suspension/body control. The damper/spring ratios are perfectly matched for fast driving on UK (and German) roads. Playing with the DCCD is good fun too!

The seats are comfortable and the overall spec of the car is good. The much maligned interior isn't going to fall apart (as with some other vehicles), and nothing squeaks or rattles.

The CD/Radio's okay, but who wants to listen to it when the engine sounds sooooooo good? Music should be listened to live or through a good Hi Fi at home. The Flat Four Boxer's designed to be listened to on the road...

Probably the only complaint I have is about the tyres. The Track orientated Bridgestone RE070s tend to wander and tramline a bit too much for me. Grip (wet, dry or even in greasy conditions), is excellent, but I think I'll be replacing them when worn out, with Goodyear F1 GSD3s.

Fuel consumption's not bad - 19mpg around town, 22 in mixed driving, 29 on the slow trundle down the M1 to Dover, and 16mpg on the Autobahn... ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2005

2005 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5 4 cylinder. from North America


A great car!


Not the smallest thing has gone wrong with this car. It has a few annoying detraction's, nothing major.

The rear seats don't fold down, just a small pass through.

Upgrading the stereo is difficult because of the small size of the current speakers. But for a factory stereo it's not bad really.

The gas mileage is a bit disappointing. My previous car, a 2004 Accord coupe, got 27 mpg. I have averaged 20mpg in this car.

General Comments:

Strong engine with great handling. It has the perfect balance between comfortable ride and excellent cornering ability. This car is fun to drive!

In the snow and ice the all wheel drive just takes off while other cars are spinning their wheels. Zips through traffic.

The interior feels solidly built and comfortable, but not quite as luxurious as the Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd July, 2005

22nd Feb 2006, 19:51

MPG on these isn't great, but then again...

Its got lots of power and torque for a small car. Also the AWD system makes this a potent summer and winter machine that holds the road extremely well. I think the turbos hurt mpg too...

I like the 2.2 engines better. Less power, but they wear better.