Reviewers are mostly positive—though not beaming—about the interior of the Subaru Impreza. However, several mention the cut-rate feel of some of the cabin materials.
Interior space is quite impressive. MyRide.com remarks, "front seats in the [Subaru 2009] Impreza 2.5i are very good. Although all the adjustments are manual, there are plenty of them, including a ratcheting seat height adjustment." ConsumerGuide comments that rear seat room is "average for the class...six-footers will fit in back but they'll have barely adequate legroom, and knee space." 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 contends “the seats are supportive for long hauls.”
"With my seat all the way back, a passenger could still fit behind me, as long as they were not also over six feet tall. The steering wheel felt good in my hands and everything is within easy reach of the driver,” reports NADAGuides.
Automobile Magazine describes this Subaru 2009 interior as "well laid out with everything easy to read and reach," and Automotive.com perceives it as "less confining, perhaps more airy, than the previous generation."
When reviewers assess how it all feels, review comments turn less positive. ConsumerGuide reports that though 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 MotherProof says "the plastic interior was my biggest beef with this car. The controls feel light and breakable." MyRide.com, however, attests that "this Subie bucks that trend with an interior mostly free of annoying noises. At speed there is some wind noise around the mirrors, and there is enough road noise filtering through the car to let you know you're under way, but neither is particularly bad." ConsumerGuide asserts that the 2.5GT's engine "doesn't have any turbo noise, but its overall sound is not as refined as class pacesetters.”