Compare 2014 Volkswagen Golf vs 2014 Subaru Impreza

2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Subaru Impreza
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4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
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4-Door Manual 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,104 $17,895
5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 33 $17,569 $18,395
4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,021 $18,895
5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,486 $19,395
4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,815 $19,795
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,315 $20,295
5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 33 $19,280 $20,295
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,780 $20,795
5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 33 $19,768 $20,795
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,685 $21,795
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,072 $22,195
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,537 $22,695
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,978 $23,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$17,104
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$17,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$298 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. The 2014 Subaru Impreza remains the only option in its class to come equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, where many don't offer it all. It's tough, practical, and looks good, too.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.9 96.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 52.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 10.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3102 2944
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 148 @ 6200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 145 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/151 2.0 L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.89
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.45
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 4.11
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.30
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Subaru Impreza Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 6.4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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