Compare 2012 Volkswagen Golf vs 2012 Subaru Impreza

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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$16,734
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$17,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$292 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition. 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.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93 96.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 35.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 68.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 1.0 10.9 x - TBD -
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)
10.2 x 0.5 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
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)
2968 2910
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 145 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 148 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.30
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.33
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.89
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Subaru Impreza Sedan
Body Style
2 Door HB Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7
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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