Compare 2012 Subaru Impreza vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf

2012 Subaru Impreza
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4-Door Manual 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $16,734 $17,495
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,011 $17,795
5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,198 $17,995
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,475 $18,295
4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $17,651 $18,495
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $17,928 $18,795
4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $17,936 $18,795
5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,115 $18,995
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,214 $19,095
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $18,392 $19,295
5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,400 $19,295
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,678 $19,595
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $18,853 $19,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,131 $20,095
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,317 $20,295
5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,306 $20,295
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,595 $20,595
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,583 $20,595
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,223 $21,295
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,517 $21,595
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,500 $21,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,795 $21,895
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,982 $22,095
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,260 $22,395
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,423 $22,595
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,700 $22,895
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,734
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.9 93
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 165.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.1 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.3 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2910 2968
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6200 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
145 @ 4200 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.78
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Sedan 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
--
Rollover Rating

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