Review: Subaru Impreza III (2008 – 2012)


Same qualities underneath as previous Imprezas. Cheap entry level 4WD 1.5R useful for anyone living above the snow line.

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6 February 2013

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5 February 2013

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Subaru Impreza III (2008 – 2012): At A Glance

Totally new 5-door Subaru Impreza launched autumn 2007 at Frankfurt Show in 1.5 and 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated versions.

What does a Subaru Impreza III (2008 – 2012) cost?

Contract hire from £322.43 per month

Real MPG average for a Subaru Impreza III (2008 – 2012)

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Average performance


Real MPG

23–52 mpg

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