Total output is rated at 150 PS (110 kW) and 196Nm (144 lb-ft) of torque. The Impreza Sport Hybrid uses a standard Lineartronic CVT gearbox to sent power to all four wheels. Even though it's not as efficient as a Prius, considering the performance on offer we think that 20.4 km/L (4.9 l/100 km or 48 mpg US) is an excellent J08 score.
Of course this being a Subaru, not a Toyota, things really are put together in a sporty manner. The Impreza has a sporty body kit with chin spoilers, side skirts and a set of 17-inch lightweight forged wheels. Boxer engines naturally offer superior weight distribution, while the battery is located under the boot for balance. Subaru has also used liquid-filled engine mounts and increase the level of soundproofing, so it should feel smooth.
Also, the company has included the new EyeSight 2.0 safety suite, which may be the best in the world for affordable cars. The Impreza Sport Hybrid is equipped with a dedicated ECO Cruise Control function that makes the best use of the EV driving regime.
There are six exterior colors to choose from, namely Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Venetian Red Pearl, Deep Sea Blue Pearl and Quartz Blue Pearl. The interior features navigation and typical sports touches. Optionally, you can also order black leather seats with contrasting blue stitching.
Editor's note: Who said hybrids are boring? Not in Japan they're not!