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2012 Subaru Impreza

2012 Volkswagen Golf

  2012 Subaru Impreza 2012 Volkswagen Golf 4-door HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $16,734 $17,275
25/36 23/42
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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. Read Full Review The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition. Read Full Review
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  • Gas mileage is up 30 percent
  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Drama-free, neutral handling
  • Large hatch and trunk openings
  • New styling is vastly improved


  • Not the quietest compact in the field
  • Interior materials are nicer, but some trim still looks cheap
  • Subaru trails in infotainment options
  • If you don't need AWD, you get it anyway


  • Premium feel
  • Well-damped ride
  • Quick electric power steering
  • DSG, TDI are a winning combination
  • Great visibility


  • Frumpy looks
  • Mediocre gas mileage on base Golfs
  • Less room than expected in three-doors
  • Premium pricing
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