2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 VW Jetta Compact Car Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Volkswagen says you had "betta getta Jetta," but can the Jetta really impress ya? Or is that a job for the Subaru Impreza?

For life in the Rocky Mountains, we think the 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan has many advantages over its VW rival. We'll detail them all below. And since these cars are almost identical in price, you can bet that your dollar goes further with the 2020 Subaru Impreza at Nate Wade Subaru. Stop by soon for your test drive and see why an all-wheel-drive Subaru is a better choice for getting around SLC.

Subaru Impreza 5dr Cargo Area

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 VW Jetta: Size

With nearly 100 cubic feet of passenger space, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 4dr is much more spacious than the 2020 VW Jetta. The Impreza provides an extra 5 cubic feet of passenger space and an extra 2" of front seat legroom compared to the VW Jetta. And if you need more cargo space, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr is a hatchback version that offers way more storage space than the trunk of the 2020 VW Jetta and even more maximum cargo space than the 2020 Volkswagen Golf when you fold down the rear seats.

Subaru Impreza Harman Kardon Speaker

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 VW Jetta: Features

The little things can make a big difference and, with a standard 3.5mm AUX input in the 2020 Subaru Impreza, it's easy for everyone in your crew to play music from their mobile devices. You won't find an AUX input in the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. That said, both models come standard with a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for hands-free smartphone communication.

For the highest-fidelity music listening experience, the 2020 Subaru Impreza offers an available 8-speaker, 432-watt speaker system from Harman Kardon. A similar system with only 400 watts of power is available from BeatsAudio™ in the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, but it's just not as powerful or refined.

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Subaru Impreza Sport Sedan

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 VW Jetta: Performance & Drive

The 2020 Subaru Impreza makes a few more horsepower than the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, but the performance advantages of the Subaru sedan go so much further than that.

For one, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is powered by a BOXER® four-cylinder engine. That means the engine is flat and wide, and can be placed low in the engine bay, creating a low center of gravity and a planted, stable feel. Fewer harsh vibrations will translate into the cabin of the Impreza. And with a fully independent rear suspension, the 2020 Subaru Impreza soaks up rough roads better than the 2020 VW Jetta with its basic torsion bar rear suspension.

Best of all, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is the rare compact car that comes standard with all-wheel drive. On wet, icy or snow-covered roads, power is sent to the wheel with the best grip for maximum control. The front-wheel drive VW Jetta isn't as ready for Rocky Mountain weather.

Subaru Impreza Headlights

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 VW Jetta: Safety & Headlights

It's easy to see that the 2020 Subaru Impreza gives you better visibility at night. That's because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the standard headlights on the Volkswagen Jetta as "Poor." Even the available upgraded LED headlights are rated only "Marginal." By contrast, the available steering-responsive LED headlights on the 2020 Subaru Impreza earned the best possible score of "Good" from the IIHS. They pivot as you steer so you can see further ahead on twisting roads.

As a result, the IIHS dubbed the 2020 Subaru Impreza a 2020 Top Safety Pick! The 2020 VW Jetta earned no accolades from the IIHS.

Subaru Impreza Blind Spot Monitor

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 VW Jetta: Driver Assistance

At all but the entry-level trim, both these sedans come standard with crucial driver assist technologies such as forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. They also share optional upgrades like rear cross-traffic alert with reverse automatic braking. However, even the entry level 2020 Subaru Impreza with Subaru EyeSight® comes with adaptive cruise control! This handy feature modulates your speed to follow traffic ahead from a safe distance on the freeway. On the 2020 VW Jetta, adaptive cruise control is only available on the two most costly trim levels.

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Why The Subaru Impreza Is The Right Choice For Life In SLC:

With only $50 dollars separating them in MSRP, the 2020 Subaru Impreza and 2020 Volkswagen Jetta are vying for the same segment of the market. But with more standard features, a more powerful drive and the renown reputation for toughness and longevity of Subaru, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is the better value. It's the most affordable way to step up to the performance of a brand-new Subaru. Come take a no-pressure test drive and experience one in person at Nate Wade Subaru.

2020 Subaru Impreza2020 Volkswagen Jetta
$18,695Starting MSRP*$18,745
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
99.8 Cubic FeetPassenger Space94.7 Cubic Feet
Independent Double WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam
2020 IIHS Top Safety PickSafety AwardsNone
28 City - 36 Highway (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)30 City - 40 Highway (MPG)
AvailableReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available
52%ALG Residual After 36 Months (Base Model)42%
5 Years / 60,000 MilesDrivetrain Warranty 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

*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.