What's the used Subaru Impreza saloon like?
The WRX and STi are full-on performance motors. The car's four-wheel-drive system puts power down cleanly to the road to hurl you towards the horizon, but the steering and handling more than match the power. You'll lose your nerve before you exceed the car's limits.
However, in other ways, the Impreza is no more demanding than any other small saloon or estate. Sure, the ride is sporty-firm, but not harsh, and there's plenty of space for people and their things: it will take the kids to school or rubbish to the dump. Go for the five-door and you even get a big load door and a split/fold rear seat.
A turbo scoop on the bonnet, big rear wing and fat alloys mean it looks every inch a performance hotshot from the outside, but inside there's enough cheap-looking, shiny plastic trim to shame a supermini. The seats are comfy, though.