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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
design offers more rear-seat room
Kelley Blue Book
Great storage space for a compact
Car and Driver
cabin materials comprised mainly of cheap feeling, hard plastic
The 2008 Subaru Impreza wagon scores with reviewers on improved quality, but its compact size offers less interior space than some rivals.
Seats are more supportive and comfortable than in most other inexpensive sedans, and there's enough space for two average-size adults in the backseat, though knee space and legroom are a bit tight. “Subaru says the interior offers greater backseat headroom and more shoulder and headroom up front,” Cars.com reports. Edmunds confirms “the wheelbase has been extended…to increase rear seat legroom” and “there's also more interior width for passengers.” ConsumerGuide says "six-footers have good headroom and legroom," and Automobile thinks “the seats are supportive for long hauls.”
A switch in suspension design gives the Impreza wagon “a wider cargo space,” Edmunds reports. ConsumerGuide adds that it's "more versatile with good space behind the rear seats," and Car and Driver says it has "great storage space for a compact." The cargo area is smaller than expected, though; while the backseats fold flat to expand the cargo floor, with them up in place, usable space is quite limited due to the sloped rear window.
In terms of interior quality, the 2008 Subaru Impreza takes a step forward and a step back. While ConsumerGuide reports that the "cabin materials look nice, they're comprised mainly of cheap feeling, hard plastic...the 'mouse fur' headliner is particularly cut-rate." The tester at Mother Proof says "the plastic interior was my biggest beef with this car. The controls feel light and breakable." Automobile comments, “Fit and finish for most surfaces is fine, but we're perplexed at the use of coarse plastics on the shift knob and steering wheel, the two places drivers touch most often.”
According to ConsumerGuide, Subaru 2008 "wind and tire noise are moderate at highway speeds...the turbocharged engine whines under full throttle but it's more relaxed at cruising speeds."
The 2008 Subaru Impreza wagon boasts more interior room, but some midgrade materials are noticeable.