Subaru was renowned for models such as the Leone and Jumbuck until a new small car appeared in 1993.
The Impreza would take Australia by storm during the 1990s, and a turbocharged performance model called the WRX continues to be a huge cult car (and now its own, separate nameplate).
Across several generations, however, regular versions of the Impreza have proven to be sensible compact family cars - with a segment USP of standard all-wheel drive and their distinctive horizontally opposed 'boxer' engines across the range.
All-wheel-drive system provides assurance on wet, slippery roads
Roomy cabin, and particularly practical in hatch form
Improved driving experience from latest model (2016 onwards)
Build quality and mechanical reliability
'Boxer' engines short on low-down pulling power
Extra weight, complexity of AWD hurts fuel economy
Design not as distinctive as it once was
Older autos short on gears; newer (CVT) auto can take acclimatisation
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.