In its latest round of testing, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza with a five-star safety rating. The fifth-generation model is available as both a hatchback and sedan in Australia, with four trim levels to choose from – 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i-S.

Standard safety kit on the Australia-spec Impreza include seven airbags (dual frontal, dual side, curtain and driver’s knee), seat belt reminders for all seats and Isofix child seat mounts. Subaru’s EyeSight suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a pre-collision braking system is offered for all trim levels except on the base 2.0i.

Furthermore, Vision Assist, an extension of the EyeSight suite is only available on the range-topping 2.0i-S. The pack includes features such as a blind spot monitor, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, side view monitor and high beam assist.

According to the official technical report, the Impreza managed to score 14.8 out of a possible 16 points in the frontal offset test, while in the side impact test, it managed to score a perfect 16 points. As for the pedestrian protection test, it managed to score 29.93 out of 36 points, earning it a ‘Good’ rating.

Even with such an impressive result, the decision to omit the EyeSight suite in the base model wasn’t well received by the safety programme. “It’s disappointing these technologies have not been provided as standard across their respective model ranges and for the safety of all road users we want to see an increase in the fitting of this technology,” said James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP.

The all-new Impreza first made its debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), and is built upon the new Subaru Global Platform that offers improved dynamics. The new architecture sees an increase in dimensions, with the new car being larger than before.

Power comes from a revised version of the FB20 2.0 litre direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder boxer engine, with power sent through Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical AWD system. The company promises improved acceleration performance and fuel economy with the new powertrain.

The new Impreza will most likely makes its way into Malaysia as well, and could very well be a locally-assembled (CKD) model just like the XV and Forester. In an earlier report, Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International told paultan.org that the company’s Segambut plant will be ready in time to handle the production of next-generation Subaru models that ride on said platform. Interested?

2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan and Hatch at the 2016 NYIAS