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4-Door Automatic 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $17,651 $18,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,517 $21,595
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited PZEV 27 36 $20,795 $21,895
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i PZEV 27 36 $17,928 $18,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $18,853 $19,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium PZEV 27 36 $19,131 $20,095
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $16,734 $17,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i PZEV 25 34 $17,011 $17,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $17,936 $18,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium PZEV 25 34 $18,214 $19,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,115 $18,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,982 $22,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited PZEV 27 36 $21,260 $22,395
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i PZEV 27 36 $18,392 $19,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,317 $20,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium PZEV 27 36 $19,595 $20,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,423 $22,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited PZEV 27 36 $21,700 $22,895
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,223 $21,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium PZEV 27 36 $20,500 $21,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,198 $17,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i PZEV 25 34 $17,475 $18,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,400 $19,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium PZEV 25 34 $18,678 $19,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,306 $20,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium PZEV 25 34 $19,583 $20,595
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
Golf 2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv PZEV 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
Golf R 2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
Golf R 2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
Golf R 4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
Golf R 4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090

Pricing

Invoice Price

$17,651
$24,091

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$18,495
$25,095

Monthly Payment Estimate

$308 / month
$418 / 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

27 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.1 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.6 54.6

Passenger Volume (ft³)

96.9 93.5

Second Head Room (in)

37.1 38.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.2 53.1

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

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

59.4 60.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.0

Length, Overall (in)

180.3 165.8

Height, Overall (in)

57.7 57.8

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.6 59.7

Wheelbase (in)

104.1 101.5

Liftover Height (in)

27.0 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.5 70.0

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.0 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 15.3

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 - 11.3 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 - 12.3 x 1.0

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - 15.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 35.8

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.2 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 225/40R18

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 225/40R18

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 3151

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 8.4

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 120

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

145 @ 4200 207 @ 1800-5000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/122 2.0L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

148 @ 6200 200 @ 5100-6000

Engine Type

Gas Flat 4 Turbocharged Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 24

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 27

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.46

Trans Type

1 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.09

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.67 3.98

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.15

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.70 4.06/3.14

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.08

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.92

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.58 - 0.57 3.46

Summary

Vehicle Name

Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen GTI

Body Style

Sedan Hatchback

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

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

6.2 6.7

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

--

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

--

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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