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2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2021 Subaru
Impreza

MSRP*: $19,295 to $26,395
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $18,400 to $24,959 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 22 - 28 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 36 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 55.3 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Horizontal Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 152 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 176.2 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 70.0 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 39.8 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Subaru Impreza offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Subaru Impreza will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Convenience
The Subaru Impreza will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Subaru Impreza is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Subaru Impreza will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
The Subaru Impreza is a little narrower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Subaru Impreza, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Subaru Impreza has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Subaru Impreza is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Subaru Impreza has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Subaru Impreza as you will in the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Subaru Impreza is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.