Many Impreza interior features and systems are designed to make travel easier. Interior design, increased dimensions, seat design, and storage areas all play roles in improving comfort and convenience.
The four doors are larger, and there is added shoulder room, elbow room, and rear leg room inside. Some of the added space was achieved by revising the internal door structure. Doors are thinner than in the previous model, and they make the interior wider without increasing vehicle width.
Seat design plays a part, too. The points at which occupant hips are intended to rest were raised, which contributes to a greater feeling of openness.
The front-door hinge design results in more space for an occupant’s head between the body and door in tight parking situations. The rear doors open to 75 degrees to enable easier entry and egress.
Side sills are a little more than one inch lower in the front and just over half an inch lower in the rear, which reduces the step-in height. That’s a big difference for entry/exit – more than the dimensions suggest. In addition, this design helps to enlarge interior space.
Spaciousness is not only a function of physical dimension, but of perceived openness. The increased window area in the new Impreza – especially in front – adds to the feeling of added space. Also, the larger doors provide much wider door openings, so larger objects can be loaded or unloaded.
The climate control system contributes to the car’s open and roomy feel. It was redesigned to be more compact. The new system’s ductwork is small enough to help lower the dashboard’s upper surface 1.9 to 3.1 inches compared with the current model.
The front seating area has been redesigned for greater comfort. On the seats, the seatbacks have been raised by 2.4 inches to help support the tops of occupants’ backs. In addition, seat springs have been retuned to help keep the occupant from sinking into the seats. Also, the head restraints adjust through a range of positions.
Adding to seating comfort are wider, longer front-door armrests. The undersides of the armrests are smoother, too, contributing to improved knee room.
The positioning of the console box armrest has been changed, too. The top has been raised 2.8 inches to increase comfort.
Included with the features added to the climate control system are shutters for the middle dashboard vents. They allow occupants to turn the vents on and off. Only the side vents could be closed in the previous model.
The interior is quieter, too, thanks to added insulators around the body that help absorb exterior noise. A high-performance noise-reduction cover on the CVT contributes to interior quietness as well.
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||22.5 cu ft (52.4 cu ft with rear seat lowered)
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The interior has numerous storage spaces designed for a person on the go, including:
- Front armrest pockets
- Storage areas with beverage holders on all doors (in front, door pockets are shaped to accommodate a road atlas)
- Room for 16 CDs in the glovebox
- Room for nine CDs or other articles in center tray
- Extra storage pockets at the front of the center console
- Beverage holders in center console
- Room for 13 CDs in center console box – plus AUX terminal, USB port, 12V power, and space for cellphone, pens, etc.
- Beverage holders in rear fold-down center