2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door -- Which Hatchback is Right for You?

Compare 2019 Volkswagen Golf vs Subaru Impreza 5dr Models in Seattle, WA

When you're looking to upgrade your daily driver to something new, a sporty yet practical hatchback often strikes the perfect balance. You get a compact footprint and nimble handling along with some extra cargo room inside and excellent visibility so you always feel in control. That's why the Volkswagen Golf has been one of the best-selling cars around the world since 1974!

The 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door is a similarly priced option, but it just lacks the value you get from the VW Golf. After all, the 2019 VW Golf was named to the list of 10 Best Cars for 2019 by Car and Driver magazine! The Subaru Impreza can't say that. We'll show you why on this page below.

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Premium Features: 2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza

Your money goes further with the VW Golf. That's because the Subaru Impreza doesn't give you as many premium standard features! On the exterior, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated mirrors and alloy wheels. By contrast, the base 2019 Subaru Impreza lacks all of these features.

Even the interior is more comfortable in the entry-level 2019 VW Golf. The hatchback from Volkswagen gives you a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob along with lumbar-adjusting seats to give you proper spinal support on longer drives -- all totally standard. Those features can't be found on the base 2019 Subaru Impreza either.


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Technology: 2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza

Since both cars come standard with touchscreen infotainment and smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, it's a dead heat when it comes to technology -- until you look under the hood.

The 2019 Subaru Impreza is equipped with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. If you prefer to row your own gears, you'll get more precision and control from the 2019 Volkswagen Golf and its 6-speed stick shift. And if you choose the automatic transmission, the CVT in the Subaru Impreza suffers from laggy acceleration and droning noise. By contrast, the 2019 VW Golf is available with a new 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic gearbox with Sport mode and paddle shifters. There's no sport mode available on the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door at all.

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Performance: 2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza makes a little extra horsepower from its naturally aspirated engine -- but that's only part of the story. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf gets a turbocharged engine generating 184 lb-ft of torque. Torque is often a better way to measure a car's power off the line, and the VW Golf makes 40 more lb-ft of torque compared to the Subaru Impreza! That means you'll get a more responsive drive from the Volkswagen.

Furthermore, the Volkswagen Golf is shorter overall with a shorter wheelbase and a refined, balanced chassis, giving it a feeling of nimble maneuverability that the Subaru Impreza 5-door just can't compete with. The Volkswagen is easier to park, too.


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Safety: 2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza

Today's modern cars offer more safety tech than ever, including brand-new driver assistance systems. These technology features can sense the traffic around you and intervene automatically to help you avoid a dangerous situation. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf even comes standard with the Front Assist system including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert.


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Driver Assistance: 2019 Volkswagen Golf VS 2019 Subaru Impreza

Subaru doesn't include any driver assistance features on the 2019 Subaru Impreza as standard equipment. If you want to add these crucial features, you'll have to pay for a pricey options package as well.


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Carter Volkswagen -- Seattle's German Engineering Source

At Carter VW, we're proud to offer the exciting 2019 lineup of vehicles from Volkswagen! They're the latest and greatest offerings from Europe's largest automaker. There's something for everyone in our inventory, from the compact, nimble Jetta to the roomy Tiguan to the massive, three-row Volkswagen Atlas. Sophisticated German engineering means that a Volkswagen offers unmatched safety and performance, so you get the engaging drive you want along with the strong, durable chassis your family needs. Stop by our showroom today for a test drive at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.