2020 VW Golf vs 2020 Subaru Impreza Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The Volkswagen Golf is a bona fide automotive icon -- defining the fun-to-drive compact hatchback segment since 1974. Virtually every other small hatchback on the road is following in its footsteps. This includes the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. And when you compare that model against the latest 2020 Volkswagen Golf, it's easy to see that the VW Golf has the features, performance and safety that you're looking for in this segment. It costs a bit more, but we'll show you below how it provides extra value for your investment. Then head to McKenna Volkswagen and see it for yourself during your test drive.

Volkswagen Golf At Night

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door: Design & Dimensions

Both these vehicles are city-friendly compact hatchbacks, but the 2020 Volkswagen Golf features even more trim dimensions. It's about 10" shorter from front to rear bumper. It's got an even shorter wheelbase and tighter turning radius for nimble handling. If you're looking for a compact car that's easy to drive and even easier to park, the Volkswagen Golf is a classic choice! Despite this, it's still just as practical as the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. When you collapse the rear seats, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf provides 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the wide rear gate with a low load floor.

Volkswagen Golf Leatherette Interior

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door: Interior Features

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf now comes in a single trim level with generous standard features. Standard equipment on the VW Golf includes premium leatherette upholstery, convenient heated seats, partial power-adjustable front seats and keyless access with push-button start. Similar features are available on the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door, but they won't come standard. You'll have to pay more for these features -- meaning the difference in price reflects the difference in value and comfort.

Both vehicles also come standard with a modern touchscreen multimedia system and Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ for your smartphone. You even get standard VW Car-Net Remote Access on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf, letting you locate and unlock your vehicle from an app on your phone! That's yet another feature that'll cost you extra on the 2020 Subaru Impreza.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door: Performance

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf makes a bit less horsepower than the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door -- but it makes a whole lot more torque. The result is superior responsiveness for getting around town and merging with traffic. The experts at Car and Driver magazine called the 2020 Volkswagen Golf "refined and reliable," saying, "Around town, the Golf never wants for power." Meanwhile, that publication wrote of the 2020 Subaru Impreza, "With little low-end punch, the Impreza requires considerable goading to keep the engine where it needs to be to make power.

Volkswagen Golf Backup Camera

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door: Safety & Driver Assistance

Both these cars are available with the ease of an automatic transmission or the engagement of a manual stick-shift if you prefer a purer driving experience. However, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with critical driver assistance features like forward collision warning and automatic pre-collision braking regardless of what transmission you choose! By contrast, you'll have to pay more to upgrade to an automatic transmission if you want these features on the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. That technology combined with a manual transmission is only available when you choose the 2020 Volkswagen Golf.

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Because it comes with much more generous standard features, it's not an apples-to-apples comparison between the 2020 Volkswagen Golf and 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-door when you look at starting prices. The 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door starts at a price that's $4,000 less than a Volkswagen Golf. But it's far more spartan with less equipment, less safety and less driving enjoyment. If you're looking to option a new Impreza 5-Door with more of the desirable features you want, consider the 2020 Volkswagen Golf instead! You'll get the refinement and prestige of German engineering and a long list of standard features -- for a price that's still thousands less than a fully-loaded 2020 Subaru impreza 5-Door.

2020 Volkswagen Golf2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
$23,195Starting MSRP*$19,195
147Standard Horsepower152
184Standard Torque (lb-ft)145
52.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume55.3 Cubic Feet
StandardLeatherette UpholsteryNot Available
StandardKeyless Entry w/ Push-Button StartAvailable Upgrade
StandardHeated Front SeatsAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardRear Traffic AlertAvailable Upgrade
StandardPre-Collision Automatic BrakingAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.