The new Impreza Hatchback looks to bring even stronger competition to the compact hatchback market

We got a look at the future of the Subaru Impreza 5-Door (or hatchback) when the 2015 Impreza 5-Door Concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. With it, we saw a pretty radical design all the way around, with sleek-looking headlights, an overly aggressive front fascia, and some dominate body lines on the side. Now, one year after, Subaru decided to bring both the Impreza Sedan and the Hatchback version at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Like the sedan, the 5-Door version is largely based on the design we saw when the Concept debuted in Tokyo.

When we first saw the concept, we weren’t sure how much of the design would actually make it to the production model, but luckily, at least some of it did. The new production model isn’t nearly as aggressive, but in Sport trim, as depicted in the images we have here, the car does have a bit of a bite to it. As always, the Impreza hatchback comes with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system. But, more importantly, it also rides on the same global architecture as the sedan.

Along with the new global architecture, the Impreza Hatchback – like the sedan – also features an updated boxer engine that offers up more power than before, as well as some other new features to get excited about. Normally, Subaru releases wild looking concepts and follows up with boring production models, but when it comes to the new Impreza, Subaru didn’t disappoint as much as we expected. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new 2017 Impreza Hatchback and see just how it compares to the outgoing model.

Updated 10-19-2016: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2017 Impreza five-door hatch. There is a small price increase ranging between $100 and $1,000 depending on trim level. Check out the Prices section below for all the juicy details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door.

  • 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    152
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    19000 (Est.)
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0Exterior0

2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door High Resolution Exterior
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The exterior of the Impreza Hatchback comes standard with LED daytime running lamps, body-colored side skirts, a black-finish front grille, turn-signal mirrors, and gloss black trim on the rear gate. In base trim, the hatchback rides on 15-inch wheels, but moving up to the Premium trim adds 16-inch alloy rollers, a heated windshield and exterior mirrors, and automatic headlights. Hatchbacks in Premium trim also get the roof racks shown in these images as standard equipment. Moving up to the Limited trim offers LED headlights and “Konoji” LED running lights. In addition, 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels come standard on the Limited trim. The Sport trim level of the hatchback offers even larger 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels.

The exterior of the Impreza Hatchback comes standard with LED daytime running lamps, body-colored side skirts, a black-finish front grille, turn-signal mirrors, and gloss black trim on the rear gate

As you can see from the overall design, the new Impreza hatchback does look similar to the concept, but it’s been toned down significantly. Up front, the lower level trims feature the same smoothed front fascia with a small integrated lip below the air dam. Compared to the outgoing model, the headlights are more refined and aren’t as oddly shaped. The corner vents are a bit smaller, and in sport trim, they still feature the chrome flic that points towards the air dam. On the 2017 model, however, that flic is recessed farther into the vent and doesn’t extend past the inner edge.

On the sides, the hatchback is identical to its sedan brother below the waistline. It features the same body line above the side skirts and the same line that runs from the outer tip of the headlights back to the tip of the taillights. It should be noted that the taillights on the 2017 model are now more pointed in comparison to the outgoing model. Above the waistline, things start to get a little different behind the rear doors when compared with the sedan. Due to the extended room and rear hatch, there’s a small pointed window integrated into the rear quarter panel. Compared to the outgoing model, this window is a little smaller, and it comes to a sharper point at the rear. The taillights wrap around from the rear on the hatchback, just like the sedan.

To the rear, the 2017 hatchback gets a more dominating overhang. There’s black trim on each side of the hatch glass. The taillights extend onto the hatch in the same way they extend onto the decklid with the sedan. The rear fascia is almost identical, however, there’s a distinct body line below the taillights that the sedan doesn’t have. Down below, the insert on the fascia is completely different than the sedan, featuring a reflector on each corner and a recessed area in the middle. Compared to the outgoing model, the recess in the middle isn’t as dramatic, and the reflectors are a bit smaller.

0Interior0

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As you would expect, the interior of the Impreza hatchback is almost identical to the sedan – at least in the front, anyway. Inside, the base model receives a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen featuring Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. Power windows with auto up and down come standard across the line. A multifunction display is used as a driver’s information center to display various operating conditions, including fuel economy. Moving up to the Premium trim grants Subaru’s Starlink safety and security system, plus heated front seats.

As standard equipment, the Sport version includes a push-button starter, keyless entry, and a leather steering wheel and shift boot.

Moving up to the Sport trim, it brings Subaru’s Starlink 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and the option for a Harman/Kardon premium audio system. As standard equipment, the Sport version includes a push-button starter, keyless entry, and a leather steering wheel and shift boot. Moving up to the Limited trim brings leather upholstery throughout, with double stitching on the door armrests and the instrument panel. Also included is a 6-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, keyless access, a push-button starter, and an 8.0-inch color infotainment display. This trim also brings a Harman/Kardon premium audio system as an option. Other options include EyeSight technology, which brings high-beam assist, and a navigation system with maps by TomTom.

Compared to the sedan, there’s a little more headroom for rear passengers thanks to the extended roof. In the hatchback, the rear seat gets a 60/40 folding design, which allows the seats to fold flush with the floor and offers extended cargo room. The Starlink media system that comes standard in the upper trim levels offers Bluetooth connectivity, iPod control, and smartphone integration, among other things. The display also doubles as a screen for the standard rearview camera and functions as the navigation screen when equipped.

0Drivetrain0

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Hidden under the hood of the new hatchback is a revamped FB 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The engine now has direct fuel injection and “other enhancements.” Subaru didn’t go into further detail on those “other enhancements,” but we do know the engine now produces 152 horsepower – a four-horsepower improvement over last year’s model. Four horsepower doesn’t seem like much, but Subaru says “performance and drivability” are now enhanced. Subaru didn’t offer up what transmission is used in the base model, but the higher-level trims receive a Lineartronic CVT transmission that features a seven-speed manual mode (simulated gears) controllable with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

As previously mentioned, all trim levels come equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD

As previously mentioned, all trim levels come equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD. The Sport trim level features exclusive suspension tuning and Active Torque Vectoring to go with the 18-inch wheels it so gracefully rolls on. According to Subaru, the new global platform that underpins the new Impreza hatchback increases the rigidity of the unitized body structure by more than 70 percent. Subaru has yet to release official information like torque output or performance figures, but it’s safe to say 60 mph will come in around 8.6 seconds, with a top speed somewhere in the 125- to 130-mph range. We’ll update you with further information as it becomes available.

0Safety0

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The outgoing model was named as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the option Eyesight Driver Assist system. This year, the new global platform is said to improve crash energy absorption by 40 percent over the outgoing model. All trim levels of the Impreza Hatchback feature front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard equipment. New driver-assist technologies include Reverse Automatic Braking and steering lines integrated with the standard rear view camera.

For 2017, the EyeSight system is optional and includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. Features like Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available as an option. As part of Starlink Saftey and Security Connect Services, features include SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Remote Vehicle Locator, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, and a Security Alarm, with availability dependent on the selected package.

0Prices0
The Impreza five-door comes with a mild price increase for the 2017 model year. The increase varies depending on your trim level of choice, with the entry-level 2.0i with a five-speed manual seeing an increase of just $100 while the range-toping 2.0i Limited comes with a price increase of $1,000. In entry-level form, expect to pay $18,895 before options, taxes, and delivery. With a CVT transmission, that price increases to $19,895. The 2.0i Premium commands $21,695 while 2.0i sport with a five-speed manual comes in at $22,495. Opting for a CVT in the mid-range hatch will cost you $23,295. The range-toping 2.0i Limited is only available with a CVT and starts out at $23,595. All told, it’s not too bad of a price increase considering the refinements that come with the 2017 model.

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.0i 5MT ‘01 $18,895 $19,715
2.0i CVT ‘01 $19,895 $20,715
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12,13,15 $21,695 $22,515
2.0i Sport 5MT 21,22 $22,495 $23,315
2.0i Sport CVT 21,22,23 $23,295 $24,115
2.0i Limited CVT 31,33,35 $24,595 $25,415

0Competition0

1Mazda31

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The Mazda3 is Mazda’s equivalent of the Impreza. It’s offered as both a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. For 2016, the Mazda3 is pretty much the same as the previous year, but the current model did bring a few new goodies to the interior. Like the Impreza Hatchback, the Mazda3 now features a rearview camera as standard equipment, and features a Harman/Kardon infotainment system. The Mazda3 is offered with one of two different SkyActiv engines, with the lesser being a 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder that produces 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The other option is a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Both achieve decent fuel economy, with the 2.0-liter offering 33 mpg in the city and the 2.5-liter offering 29 mpg in the city. On the highway, the 2.0-liter is said to get 41 miles to the gallon. As of this writing, the Mazda3 starts at $18,545 for the base model, and moves up to $25,445 for the range-topping S Grand Touring model. With similar styling and technology appointments, the Mazda 3 offers some strong competition.

Read our full review on the Mazda3 here.

1Ford Focus1

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Like the Impreza and the Mazda 3, the Focus is available in sedan and hatchback form. It first came to be back in 2000 as a somewhat ugly little car with bug-eye headlights, but since then, the car has gone through two generational changes to become one of the more popular choices in compact vehicles. For 2015, the Focus went through a mid-cycle facelift that made it even better. A new model is expected for the 2018 model year, but the current model offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. Power is routed to the front wheels either through an automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Overall, the car has a sporty design, and the upper trim levels offer similar technological and driver assist features compared to the Impreza Hatchback. As of this writing, the base model SE Hatch goes for $19,015, the Titanium Hatch goes for $23,725, the ST Hatch goes for $24,425, and the bonkers RS – which happens to be a hatchback with 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque – goes for $35,900.

Read our full review on the Ford Focus here.

0Conclusion0

2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door High Resolution Exterior
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Subaru did it right with this new generation Hatchback. Sporting a new global platform, decent interior appointments – even in base form – and technology that gets better as the trim level increases, the Impreza Hatchback is sure to bring strong competition to a very tight market. I still think it’s a little overpriced, but when you consider every trim comes standard with Subaru’s awesome AWD, that’s easy to look past. I think it will compete well against models like the Mazda 3, the Ford Focus, and even the German-made Volkswagen Golf. All told, the new Impreza Hatch is one of the best looking compact hatches out there, and that in itself is enough to make it a good consideration if you’re in the market.

  • Leave it
    • * Not as aggressive as the concept
    • * A bigger improvement in horsepower would have been nice

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc., which has experienced eight consecutive years of sales growth, introduced the all-new 2017 Impreza 5-Door at the New York International Auto Show, joining the Impreza Sedan that had been unveiled at an event the night before. The all-new 2017 Impreza debuts the Subaru Global Platform architecture that’s designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort and will underpin a variety of upcoming Subaru vehicles, including hybrids. As before, every Impreza is equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a boon to driving agility and traction and a key advantage over front-wheel drive competitors.

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The roomier 2017 Impreza models also debut the brand’s new design language and new driver-assist technology. Also new, multimedia features including standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and standard Near Field Communication connectivity debut on Impreza. The new Impreza will be available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines when it arrives in Subaru dealerships in late 2016.

Dramatic New Look on a New Structure That’s Future-Ready
Subaru’s new design language puts the brand’s signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights onto a more sculptural body, its athletic stance accentuated by prominent wheel arches and flowing lines. The dramatic new look carries into the cabin, with an outward-flow design that follows the front of the car. The 2017 Impreza rides on a 105.1-in. wheelbase, up 1.0-in. over the last generation Impreza. Both the Sedan and 5-Door are 1.6-in. longer than the outgoing models, and both are 1.5 in. wider. The larger dimensions create a roomier cabin, while a 0.4-in. lower height helps improve aerodynamics with a lower coefficient of drag. Although sleeker in appearance than the previous models, the 2017 Impreza Sedan and 5-Door preserve excellent all-around visibility.

The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and EyeSight® that represent Subaru’s core technologies, constitutes the basic foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Impreza’s new platform incorporates new frameworks with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness to a degree not seen in the compact class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

A lower center of gravity and revised suspension systems contribute to the biggest-ever leap in Subaru’s performance evolution. The double-wishbone independent rear suspension mounts its rear stabilizer bar directly to the body, which helps reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. Greater hazard-avoidance capability is another benefit of the Subaru Global Platform’s inherent handling agility. In addition, the resolute straight-line stability that makes the 2017 Impreza more relaxing to drive is also an important constituent of the autonomous driving capability this platform can support in future Subaru vehicles.

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New Impreza Sport with Active Torque Vectoring
Taking full advantage of the new stiffer platform and more powerful engine, the Impreza 2.0i Sport, now available in the Sedan as well as 5-Door, delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring. Subaru aimed for a new ride/handling balance benchmark in the compact segment. The Sport also includes a new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is available on other models.

Exclusive exterior styling and features setting the Impreza Sport apart include standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport 5-Door features gloss black rear gate trim, while the Sport Sedan has a rear trunk spoiler. Inside the Sport, unique black cloth upholstery is trimmed with red stitching, a motif that repeats for the steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panel and door trim. The instrument panel incorporates exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display.

The Sport comes well equipped, with upgrades over the Impreza Premium that include the Subaru STARLINK™ 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and a new harman/kardon® premium audio system is available. Keyless Access & Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle and a CVT shift boot round out the Sport’s enhanced standard equipment.

New Direct Injection for Higher Performance and Efficiency
A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152 horsepower vs. 148 before) and drivability. In highline trims, the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios.

Another Leap in Vehicle Safety
Subaru designed the 2017 Impreza to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The new platform underpinning the 2017 Impreza improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.

The EyeSight® system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2017 Impreza models include as standard equipment front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

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The 2017 Impreza adds new driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. A new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System can detect pressure drops at individual wheels.

Four Trim Lines
The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in four trim lines: 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited. The 2.0i starts with an extensive roster of standard features that includes a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floormats and more.

The Premium trim adds Subaru STARLINK™ Safety and Security features, 16-inch alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Premium 5-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails (not available on base 5-door Impreza 2.0i Sport). Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems. (The Impreza Sport is described earlier in this press release.)

Subaru has elevated the Limited trim for the 2017 Impreza into more luxurious territory. The exterior looks more upscale with LED headlights and distinctive “Konoji” LED daytime running lights (DRL) and standard 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels. The Subaru Impreza also has Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Judicious use of exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance.

The Limited’s leather trimmed interior features double stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, and the 6-way power driver’s seat is the first ever in an Impreza. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access & Push-Button Start and 8-inch color display. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new harman/kardon® premium audio is available in the Impreza for the first time. Models equipped with EyeSight technology also include High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. Lastly, the available navigation system now features maps provided by TomTom.

Subaru STARLINK™ Means Multimedia and Connectivity
Subaru STARLINK™ Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen also provides the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

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The available Subaru STARLINK™ Safety and Security Connected Services give the 2017 Impreza one of the industry’s most affordable telematics options. Depending on the package selected, features can include SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

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