it's hard for me to tell at this point the reliability since i've only had it for a couple days but so far so great! i was contemplating between the new vw beetle and golf, both test driven but when it came down to it, i went with the impreza and i'm so happy i did.
although the interior is not as aesthetic and lacks some of the bells and whistles that vw has, i still was able to get everything i wanted and more, such as heated seats, leather, moon roof, bluetooth, upgraded sound system (crazy good for coming from the factory, not stock), etc. i feel like for what i paid, i got the best bang for my buck.
i feel like subaru's reputation for reliability and safety was really what got me.
lcd screen (albeit a little small)
kicker sound system
make the interior a bit more fun and not so minimal, although there is nothing to complain about, there isn't much to rave about either.
hmmmm...can't suggest anything else so far!