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After quietly fading away from the UK market at the end of 2012, the Impreza is back, but not yet in one of its more raucous configurations – that’s later this year

THE Subaru Impreza is back – although as yet there isn’t much to excite traditional fans of the model, or, for that matter, tax-conscious company car drivers.

That’s because, initially at least, there’s just one engine option available in the UK, a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol using Subaru’s traditional boxer layout.

Power output is 114PS, which gets the Impreza from rest to 62mph in 12.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 114mph, hardly enough to set the pulse racing for fans of past high-performance competition-inspired STI and WRX Impreza models.

At the same time, there’s no tax-friendly, economical, low-CO2 diesel to entice the business motorist – the Impreza delivers a combined 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 147g/km as a manual, although these figures improve to 46.3mpg and 140g/km when the Lineartronic automatic gearbox is chosen. An automatic stop/start system is fitted as standard.

One big plus for the 4th generation Subaru Impreza when it arrives in the UK in May; it will be the only car in this bracket fitted with all-wheel drive as standard, so some buyers are bound to find it indispensable when the weather turns bad again next winter.

Prices start at £17,495 for cars with manual gearboxes and £18,995 for Lineartronic automatics.

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