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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
“The interior has a businesslike austerity to it”
The controls feel light and breakable
six-footers have good headroom and legroom”
There is a general consensus among reviewers that the interior of the 2010 Subaru Impreza is good but hardly great. However, a few can't avoid mentioning the cheap feel of some of the cabin materials.
Interior space is well-regarded by most. MyRide.com remarks "front seats in the Impreza 2.5i are very good. Although all the adjustments are manual, there are plenty of them, including a ratcheting seat height adjustment." Edmunds explains that “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 Magazine happily declares that “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 the interior as "well laid out with everything easy to read and reach," and Automotive.com finds it to be "less confining, perhaps more airy, than the previous generation."
Things start to get nasty when the quality of the cabin’s materials come into question. 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." MotherProof forms a similar opinion, saying "the plastic interior was my biggest beef with this car. The controls feel light and breakable." MyRide.com, however, argues 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 points out that the turbocharged engine in the 2.5GT "doesn't have any turbo noise, but its overall sound is not as refined as class pacesetters.”
Car and Driver adds, “the GT’s ride quality is excellent, but it sets a priority of comfort too much over a level attitude in extreme maneuvering.”
The cabin of the 2010 Subaru Impreza is well-built and comfortable for most, but anyone taller than six feet may find long journeys a bother, especially if forced to sit in the back.