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I do not have much experience with the NEW Elan Impression line (except few visits at the boat shows), But I do have experience with older charter boats from Elan, Beneteau, Jeanneau and Bavaria (and few others in this price range).
Forget about Bavaria if you like yourself even if it is much cheaper (undersized everything, and poor quality).
The other three all make some more sense. From my experience older Elan is better build, but hey, I am from Slovenia where they build them so what else could I think.
A 5 year charter boat shows the quality of build quite well. - My oldest was an Elan 45 almost 15 years in charter - and it was one of the best boats I ever chartered.
That was the older "performance oriented" line. I hope they kept the quality.
While the Impression may not win the race against their performance line, you have more space inside and easier handling. Also more form stability. Their performance line is designed for fast sailing while Impression for easy life on board (they moved the traveller on cabin top for example, made a hull fatter, fridge larger, berths wider ...). The boat have class A (unlimited ocean) certificate, but is more optimised for coastal cruising.