Subaru Impreza Interior
There are high-quality materials in the Impreza's cabin. New Car Test Drive calls the interior "well designed, judged both by appearance and function, and it's also very well finished." Plus the Impreza is more spacious thanks to its stretched wheelbase.
Nevertheless, Cars.com writes, "The interior is far more inviting than before, but it retains the car's businesslike austerity," while Edmunds notes "the restyled Impreza is meant to appeal to a more mainstream audience."
The 2008 Impreza has seats for five. Although previous models were knocked for cramped quarters, Edmunds notes the "roomy seating in front and rear" for the 2008 Impreza. Consumer Guide writes that design elements such as scalloped door panels "help increase shoulder and elbow room despite the little-changed exterior width," and later adds "added height and wheelbase should mean extra head and leg room for rear passengers." But while About.com says rear-seat room is improved, "it still can't match the stretch-out room of the Civic."
The Impreza has good build quality for an affordable small car. The Los Angeles Times notes, "The materials … rank well, as do the bright orange instruments and dense vinyl dash coverings." To Edmunds, the Impreza "looks and feels more grown-up than ever before." About.com moderately notes plastics are of good quality, "but must there be so much of them? The three-tone finish on the dash is nice, but the hard plastic covering the door panels screams bargain bin."
Tricot upholstery with light gray metallic trim on the dash and console are standard for the Impreza, as well as a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a manually adjustable tilt steering column with cruise control buttons on the wheel, and power windows and side mirrors. The standard audio system is an 80-watt four-speaker system with a single-disc in-dash CD player, MP3 and satellite radio capability and vehicle speed sensing volume. The optional audio system is an 80-watt with ten speakers, surround sound and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.
For the first time, Subaru offers an optional touch-screen GPS navigation system with a seven-inch LCD screen. Automobile Magazine reports the system "is fiddly to use but otherwise works well." But many others focus on the navigation system's auxiliary inputs for other portable multimedia devices such as a PlayStation or Xbox system. Consumer Guide writes, "You can't sell a credible 'youth car' these days without a plug-in for digital music players, but the 2008 Subaru Impreza and WRX go a step further."
The 2008 Impreza sedan has an 11.3 cubic feet cargo capacity while the five-door hatchback offers 19 cubic feet with the seats up and 44.4 cubic feet once the rear seats are lowered. Although it’s a slight increase from previous years, most still regard the sedan's stowage space as just class-adequate. About.com writes that cargo loading is easy but "the trunk is a little smaller than the Civic's and a lot smaller than the Sentra's and Elantra's."
Both the Impreza sedan and hatchback have a single bottle holder in each door panel and dual cupholders in the center console. The center console also boasts an illuminated storage tray and 12-volt power outlets. The five-door hatchback adds a grocery bag hook and four tie-down hooks.