2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Infotainment and Interior Features
Subaru is one of the few automotive manufacturers who value quality over quantity. They do not boast of a wide lineup of cars in the US market, but what they can boast are built, utility, and handling of the cars. Subaru is also the only manufacturer that provides the option for an AWD drivetrain for all it’s cars. Well, all barring one which is the BRZ and is a RWD car. Also, Porsche and Subaru are the only manufacturers that still use Boxer engines with their cars. However, it might not be long until they stop using the Boxer altogether.
Anyhow, coming back to the 2020 Impreza, it gets a minor cosmetic refresh to the exterior and the addition of a few earlier optional features as standard. The front bumper and grille are redesigned for a more contemporary look. Sport and Limited trims get a new set of wheel designs as well as new driver-selectable driving modes. Talking about the changes to the interiors, the USB and Aux ports have been relocated to the front of the center console and new upholstery options are available for the interior of the door panels as well as the seats of the Sport trim. Subaru’s Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with lane centering feature is also included in the EyeSight Suite of Driver-Assistance Features.
The first thing that anyone notices about the interiors of a car is the dashboard setup. Companies spend a lot of time designing the dash with attention to each and every detail about it.
Impreza’s dashboard looks like it has been meticulously carved, layer by layer, out of a single piece of hard plastic block. The main infotainment screen is nicely placed between two vertical air vents and mounted by a secondary screen that displays some vital information for the driver.
The steering wheel sticks to the core design language of Subaru. Three proportional panels are held together by the circular central panel that houses the horn. All the basic controls are nicely placed in the two panels on either side of the central panel for the convenience of the driver.
The windscreen is bigger than before with a smaller front pillar. The rear window is also bigger and all of these factors result in a better and wider field of view for the driver.
How comfortable is it?
The overall footprint of the 2020 Impreza sedan is a tad bit bigger than its last generation and the results are very evident in the cabin. It’s considerably more spacious, which is always welcomed in any car.
Front seats are spacious and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and comfort offered by the same considering the price of the base trim. A 6’ tall person can easily fit in the front seats. It's mostly premium corded cloth upholstery barring the top trim that comes equipped with leatherette upholstery with power seat adjustments.
Rear seats stick to the trend. Ample space in terms of legroom and headroom coupled with well contoured and well-cushioned seats makes for a very comfortable ride. Accommodating 3 passengers is not an issue of the 2020 Impreza.
There are two colors to choose from for the interiors. You can either opt for the classy all black or the elegant dual tone combination of black and ivory. The doors are big and open wide enough to ensure easy ingress and egress of the passengers.
How much cargo can it store?
At 12.3 cubic feet, the cargo space is more in the new Impreza sedan compared to the 2018 version. It can accommodate all your daily needs without breaking a sweat. But the hatchback version of the 2020 Impreza has a larger cargo space with 20.8 cubic feet.
The rear seats are completely foldable which instantly increases the cargo space by a considerable amount if you are in need of the extra space. The extra space is enough to fit in your MTB along with the other necessary stuff that you might need for an adventure filled weekend.
What’s there to keep you entertained?
The lower two trims come with a 6.5’’ touchscreen while the top two trims are equipped with an 8’’ touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all trims which ensures seamless connectivity of your smartphone with the car. The UI of the Subaru’s infotainment system has a striking resemblance with an android phone home screen.
The base and Premium trims come with four speakers, while the Sport and the top of the line Limited trims are equipped with 6 speakers. There is also an option for 8 Harman Kardon speakers which delivers excellent audio output with perfect balance.
There is also voice control which is fast and responsive and also be accessed from the controls on the steering wheel. Voice control works for navigation, radio and smartphone controls.
Should you but the Impreza sedan?
The 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan is not a major upgrade from its predecessor. With a new front fascia, this sedan looks sharp and ready to meet the needs of the next generation of car-buyers. The cabin provides enough space for 5 passengers with most of the bells and whistles you expect from a car at this price point. However, we would recommend you the Impreza hatchback as it has a bigger cargo space that adds to its overall utility.