Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid

Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid Review: “A quiet and strong hybrid” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The Impreza Sport Hybrid is the second hybrid model introduced by Subaru. It is the Impreza version of the XV Hybrid, but the components of its small parts itself are a little bit different.

The first thing I felt when I rode this car was its high level of quietness. It is natural that a hybrid car is silent, but usually when you control the sound of its engine, the noise from the tires would stand out instead. There are many times when I thought that it was unpleasant but for the Impreza Sport Hybrid, that noise didn’t stand out. It gave me an impression that its thicker glass and all its sound absorbers and soundproofing materials are highly effective.

Its acceleration when you start the car has become more powerful as expected from a hybrid model, plus its mid-speed acceleration makes its acceleration feel even better. The Impreza Sport Hybrid adopts a hybrid system that is combined with the Lineartronic CVT. Its engine and motor torque increase through its CVT so it can generate a more powerful running performance.

And when you look into its suspension, it has lesser friction, and it is also designed with optimization in the alignment changes when the suspension moves. It has a comfortable riding feel and its reserved energy steadily moves. Its type of suspension setting has a firm grip on the road. The test drive model was outfitted with 215/50R17-sized tires, but its riding feel did not make me think that it is equipped with that size.

It is equipped with EyeSight (ver. 2) as standard equipment, and it is also designed with a follow-on type cruise control. The good point about Subaru’s cruise control is that it displays the condition of the brake lamp on its monitor. When you confirm the condition of the brake lamp, it would be easy to suitably control the car. I can say that that an appropriate distance towards the car ahead of you is when the brake lamp doesn’t often turn on.

â–  5 Star Rating
Package: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)