2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon Interior
Most reviewers discuss the cargo- and passenger-hauling merits of the Impreza wagon in relation to the Impreza sedan. Like many reviewers, Edmunds calls the wagon's cabin "more versatile," as well as "roomier, with additional headroom given to both front and rear passengers."
Judged "both by appearance and function," New Car Test Drive deems the five-passenger interior "well designed" as well as"very well finished." As in past years, reviewers remark upon engine noise entering the cabin. "It's still a bit noisy," reports the Washington Post, "but it's substantially more comfortable than its predecessors."
The Impreza Wagon offers slightly more space for five passengers than its sedan counterpart. BusinessWeek says the "passenger compartment is reasonably spacious for a small car." In the front, reports Consumer Guide, "six-footers have OK head room, but rearward seat travel" is "limited for the long-legged." While the 2.5i Sport has bolstered front seats, "the seats in the WRX have even more bolster," reports New Car Test Drive, "with a single-piece back that integrates the headrest."
The backseats offer a bit more room than the Impreza sedan, but the Impreza Wagon is still a small car and a somewhat tight fit. "The Wagon's backseats are comfy enough," quips The Truth About Cars, "provided you've got rubber femurs." Although it complains of "hard cushions" and an entry "hampered by narrow thresholds" and "modest door openings," Consumer Guide notes that head room is "OK for those up to 5-ft-11." Still, knee and leg space is "very tight behind like-size front occupants,"
Reviewers like the Impreza Wagon's interior layout, but are divided on the quality of its materials. Kelley Blue Book writes, "The Impreza's dash design is fresh and modern, with pleasingly soft surfaces on both the dash face and door panels. The instrument gauges are easy to read and attractively packaged, showing the same attention to detail as found in much more expensive vehicles." Hinting "that the WRX is a serious driver's car," New Car Test Drive also says that it likes the gauges, especially on the WRX, with its tachometer that "sits square in the center, race-style," and "the speedometer," which "is secondary, to the right." The Truth About Cars likes the interior layout, but has these harsh words for the quality of its materials: "Judging from the dubious quality of it's-a-hard-knock-life plastics deployed throughout the cabin, Subie's parent must shelter a shopping-bag recycling company under its corporate wing."
There doesn't seem to be such a thing as a bare-bones Impreza Wagon. BusinessWeek reports, "Quite a bit comes standard on the base-model Impreza: power door locks, windows, and outside mirrors, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob, air-conditioning with air filtration, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and cruise control." The Washington Post finds the "up-level version of the WRX Sport Wagon" is particularly comfortable, with "heated leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, a power moonroof, and a sound system that includes Sirius Satellite Radio."
The Impreza Wagon's design makes it a versatile cargo hauler. With all the seats up, it has a cargo capacity of 27.9 cubic feet. With both of the 60/40-split rear seats down, it has a capacity of 61.6 cubic feet. It also has a grocery-bag hook, a cargo cover, and cargo retainers. Consumer Guide says it "swallows most anything a car like this is expected to carry," while The Truth About Cars writes, "Folding down the rear chairs creates a cargo space large enough to stow both bicycles and battered guitar cases." New Car Test Drive points out that folding the rear seats open "61.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats. How much is that? Almost as much as a full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV with its third seat removed (64 cubic feet), and not too much less than the maximum in a smaller SUV like the Chevy Equinox (68 cubic feet)." Kelley Blue Book notes another useful feature, writing, "The additional 12-volt outlet in the rear cargo area comes in handy when camping or tailgating."