Two cars with similar attributes to the Subaru Impreza are the Suzuki SX4 and Volkswagen Golf/Jetta.
The SX4 is available in a range of body styles, including both a hatch and sedan, and is the lowest-priced vehicle with all-wheel drive.
The new 2012 Ford Focus is a rival to the Impreza; although it doesn't offer all-wheel drive, the Focus comes as a hatchback or sedan and also handles better than many vehicles in this class.
The Toyota Matrix is a good alternative, with available all-wheel drive, a relatively spacious interior, and a good ride.
However, safety in the Matrix is no match for the Impreza, with side airbags, for example, coming as an option.
Both the Mazda3 and Mitsubishi Lancer are strong contenders, both featuring edgier handling and a sharper feel, though engine and road noise on these cars can be a bit intrusive.
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