2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door VS 2019 Volkswagen Golf Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

June 5, 2019

Subaru vehicles are popular here in Utah--and when you take a look at the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door, it's easy to see why! In addition to having the slick look and extra storage space you'd expect from a small hatchback, it also bears the go-anywhere spirit and impressive reliability and safety you expect from a Subaru. It hardly seems fair to compare it to the more expensive 2019 Volkswagen Golf; however, when you do, you'll see why Subaru is so beloved. We'll help below, but be sure to experience the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door for yourself with a test drive at Nate Wade Subaru.

A woman places a guitar into the rear of a 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door.

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs VW Golf: Interior

While the interior of the 2019 VW Golf has just 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door boasts 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space! With more front headroom (and nearly identical rear headroom), more front and rear legroom, and more front and rear shoulder room, the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has much more space for you and your passengers to spread out.

Hatchbacks are notable partly for their cargo-carrying capacity, and once again Subaru has the edge. Fold down the rear seats in the Subaru Impreza 5-Door and you'll get up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space--more than the 52.7 you'll get in the VW Golf. What's more, factory roof rails are available on the Subaru Impreza 5-Door, but not on the VW Golf.


A view of the rear seats in a 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door, showing the available leather upholstery.

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs VW Golf: Comfort Features

Of course, there's more than just space when it comes to comfort. Subaru knows what it's doing here, as well. You'll find similar comfort features in both of these hatchbacks: available heated front seats, for example. The difference? You'll get them for much less money in the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door than in the 2019 VW Golf. And while you can get genuine leather upholstery in the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door, the best you'll get in the VW Golf is leatherette.

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The BOXER engine that powers a 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door.

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs VW Golf: Performance

The 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door presents a perfect balance of power and fuel efficiency. Its BOXER® engine generates 152 horsepower, which is more than you'll get from the VW Golf. You'll also get similar gas mileage when both are equipped with automatic transmission. However, perhaps the biggest difference is the drivetrain.

The 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which gives it better traction on all kinds of road surfaces--or even no road at all! The 2019 VW Golf, on the other hand, only has front-wheel drive.


A 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door drives down a residential street in the rain.

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs VW Golf: Safety Ratings

When it comes to your safety, Subaru is the natural choice. The 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door won the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety--its highest honor. In addition, it got perfect five-star safety ratings across the board from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2019 VW Golf didn't do quite so well. It didn't receive any IIHS awards at all. In addition, it only got four-star ratings in the frontal crash and rollover categories from the NHTSA.

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Why Choose Subaru?

You've already seen how the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door compares to the 2019 VW Golf, but there's so much more that makes Subaru the natural choice for your Utah lifestyle. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard on most Subaru models makes them perfectly suited to an outdoor lifestyle of fun and exploration. Subaru has also been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years running, so you can be sure that your Subaru will last you a long time. What's more, Subaru is a company that truly cares. In addition to being the country's first Zero-Landfill automaker, Subaru encourages its dealerships to make their local communities better places.

As America's oldest exclusive Subaru retailer, Nate Wade Subaru has a long history of carrying on this way of life. We're part of the Subaru Eco-Friendly Retailer Program, and have also earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This means that we've been recognized for our exceptional customer service and our commitment to the community. We partner with local organizations like 90.0 FM KRCL and YouthLinc to help make this happen. And of course, we also have a great selection of new Subaru models available for purchase or lease. We look forward to seeing you at 1207 South Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door2019 Volkswagen Golf
$19,095Starting MSRP*$21,845
36 Highway / 28 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)37 Highway / 29 City (MPG)
152Horsepower147
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
HorizontalEngine OrientationInline
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space93.5 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume52.7 Cubic Feet
AvailableFactory Roof RailsNot Available
AvailableLeather UpholsteryNot Available
2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+Safety AwardsNone

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.