Redesigning the chassis created more interior cabin area, enabling an emphasis on comfort. Seat comfort is enhanced by a new spring design and improved cushioning material.
Passenger space is improved by two more inches of front shoulder room, additional headroom, and extra rear-seat leg room. Footwell lighting has been added for greater convenience. The roomier interior features a 60/40 flat-folding rear seat (all models) and a wide flat load floor (5-Door) that provide plenty of flexible storage solutions. Double layer door seals and new framed windows improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) for a quieter cabin.
Additionally, the models boast enhanced, wider-opening rear doors that present easier entry and exit for passengers while the shifted angle of the C-pillar allows for more head clearance as passengers maneuver in and out.
The state-of-the-art interior incorporates a 4-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player (Outback Sport includes a 10-speaker, 6-disc CD system), available auxiliary inputs, pre-wiring for satellite radio, and capabilities for the available touch-screen GPS navigation system.
Included in the Impreza lineup is the available high-tech SRS Circle Surround® Automotive system.1 This system utilizes a number of audio enhancement techniques so passengers hear original cinema-quality sound from every seating position.
Every Subaru model has been designed to achieve the highest crash-test rating in its class. Intended to protect its passengers in an impact, Impreza models feature the ring-shaped reinforcement frame body structure, along with a new high-tension material used around the cabin for stronger design and passenger protection. A new bumper beam was constructed to further enhance collision absorption performance. Now standard on WRX and Outback Sport and available on Impreza 2.5i is Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which helps the driver retain handling control through management of the engine and braking system. The new braking system provides improved braking over the 2007 Impreza models.
Inside, 2008 Impreza vehicles are equipped with an Advanced Frontal Airbag System with a front passenger occupant detection system sensor, and standard front, side, and side-curtain airbags (SRS).2 Complementing these interior safety components are the new standard side-curtain airbags; 3-point seatbelts for all seats, including height adjustable for outboard positions; and a safety pedal system, which folds the pedal assembly forward in a severe frontal impact to help reduce injury to the driver, now including the clutch pedal as well as the brake pedal. The numerous passive-safety components help minimize the effects of an impact.
With the new design and added technology, the 2008 Impreza models improve upon the power and performance characteristics for which the lineup is known. And features like the now-standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 16.9-gallon fuel tank, and speed-sensitive audio volume adjustment make the 2008 Impreza models more comfortable, stylish, and desirable.
1 SRS and symbol are trademarks of SRS Labs, Inc.
2 The airbag Supplemental Restraint System ( SRS ) affords the driver, and the front and rear outboard passengers, additional protection in moderate-to-severe frontal and side-impact collisions. This system provides supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon airbag deployment, and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats.
The 2.5i 5-Door model has 19.0 cu. ft. of cargo space with rear seats in the upright position and up to 44 cu. ft. with the seats down. Both 4-Door and 5-Door models come standard with 16" wheels and Bridgestone Potenza® all-season tires.
Wheelbase has increased 3.7" to 103.1", which, along with increases in track, improves ride and handling and contributes to the increased interior space.
This model boasts a two-tone exterior color, 17" 6-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with high luster paint, complemented with Bridgestone Potenza all-season tires, and heated exterior mirrors. The inside features a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control switches, a 10-speaker stereo system with 6-disc CD player, and heated front seats.
The new WRX body weighs 50 lbs. less. Lighter weight, a longer wheelbase, and wider track help improve ride and handling. The greater dimensions also contribute to increased interior space and utility.
Exclusive to the WRX is the available Aero Package, which includes:
- Front lip spoiler
- Aerodynamic side ground
- Rear bumper spoiler
- Trunk spoiler (4-Door)
- Rear diffuser (5-Door)