2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Subaru Impreza Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The new Volkswagen Jetta is a compelling choice when you need a new compact sedan for your daily drive. It's efficient, stylish and full of the latest features you're looking for. To prove to you that it's an exceptional value in this segment, we'll compare it side-by-side against rival vehicles from other automakers. Below, we'll see how the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta stacks up against the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Find out how VW gives you more value!

Jetta LED Headlights

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza: Exterior Design

The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a more stripped-down vehicle at the entry level compared to the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta S, and it shows. Even this entry-level Jetta trim gets standard LED headlights and tail lights for a sharp look. You also get standard alloy wheels for a sportier appearance and greater durability. The 2020 Subaru Impreza only provides halogen headlights and steel wheels with covers at the entry level.

Not only does the VW Jetta have a bigger presence, it has a bigger trunk and more room in the rear seats! With an extra inch of rear seat legroom and an extra 1.8 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a better choice for families.


Jetta Ambient Lighting

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza: Interior Features

At the entry level, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta comes with an extra bit of technology that you'll need to pay more for on the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Both cars do come with a standard touchscreen multimedia system complete with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for your mobile devices, but Volkswagen Car-Net® mobile wi-fi hotspot also comes standard, including a free trial subscription. You can get a high-speed in your car just about anywhere, without using your phone's data. A similar mobile wi-fi hot spot is only available on more premium 2020 Subaru Impreza trim levels.

And at the top of the line, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta has even more exclusive options. Only the VW Jetta offers comforts and conveniences like a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, color-changing ambient lighting or -- our personal favorite for life in Southern California -- ventilated front seats! Ask about these features during your test drive.

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Jetta Drive Modes

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza: Performance & Drive

Under the hood of the 2020 Subaru Impreza sits a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. It makes a bit more horsepower than the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, but you're not likely to notice much of a difference on the road between these two cars. What you will notice is the fuel economy, and its impact on your wallet. Thanks to its standard turbocharged engine, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta gets much better gas mileage than the 2020 Subaru Impreza, up to 40 MPG on the highway! That turbocharger also helps provide 184 lb-ft of torque, nearly 40 more lb-ft than the Impreza, for added low-end muscle and quickness from a stop.

And while both cars have an available automatic you might prefer, the 2020 VW Jetta has a standard six-speed manual transmission that's more refined than the five-speed that you get in the 2020 Subaru Impreza.


Jetta Parked Curbside

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza: Driver Assist Technology

Both these cars come standard without any driver assistance technologies, if you prefer a more basic driving experience. However, with the addition of a small options package, both can provide intelligent safety technology that keeps you safe. Both cars offer features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring and more. Both cars even offer automatic brake support with rear cross-traffic alert, a rarity in this segment! Both these cars have the optional technologies to keep you safe -- but there's more to the story when it comes to safety.


Family Riding In Jetta

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza: Safety & Security

Even the entry-level 2020 Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with VW Car-Net Safe & Secure. You can access features like Anti-Theft Alerts, Automatic Crash Notifications, Emergency Assistance, Roadside Call Assist, Information Assistance, and a Stolen Vehicle Locator service -- all from your connected smartphone. The 2020 Subaru Impreza offers similar capability, but not at the entry level. The base 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan can't talk to your smartphone like the VW Jetta can.

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is also available with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit -- a video screen replaces ordinary gauges, so you can get critical maps, navigation, driver assistance and other information right in the dashboard where it's most convenient. That's a piece of technology that you won't find on the 2020 Subaru Impreza at all.

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With a sharper look, some extra technology and more efficient performance, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a more practical commuter for life in Southern California than the Subaru Impreza. And since it only costs an extra $200 compared to the MSRP of the 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is an even better value. Get more car for less cash at McKenna VW! The 2020 VW Jetta has a starting MSRP of $18,895.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta2020 Subaru Impreza
$18,895Starting MSRP*$18,695
40 Highway / 30 City (MPG)Gas Mileage31 Highway / 23 City (MPG)
147Horsepower152
184 lb.-ft.Torque145 lb.-ft.
6-Speed ManualTransmission5-Speed Manual
14.1 cu. ft.Cargo Space12.3 cu. ft.
94.7 cu. ft.Passenger Volume99.8 cu. ft.
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
AvailableHeated Rear SeatsNot Available
Aluminum AlloyStandard WheelsSteel

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