2016 volkswagen golfBefore you settle on getting behind the wheel of a new Volkswagen Golf, it’s a good idea to compare it with other hatchbacks on the market. In this review, we’ll look at the Volkswagen Golf vs. the Subaru Impreza to see how these two vehicles match up. Our team at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine has provided this free educational resource.

To get started let’s take a closer look at the interior specifications of the VW Golf and the Subaru Impreza.

Volkswagen Golf vs. Subaru Impreza: Interior Design

The cabin of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf includes a variety of upscale materials and soft touch surfaces, improving the hatchback’s overall sense of style and luxury. Coming standard with durable cloth upholstery, the front seats offer supportive comfort, especially during long drives. The spacious second row, with its 38.1 inches of headroom and 35.6 inches of legroom, is roomy enough for adult passengers.

In terms of cargo room, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf has 52.7 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 22.8 cubic feet behind the second row, so you’ll still have plenty of room for your things even when transporting five passengers.

The interior of the 2016 Subaru Impreza is also quite comfortable, though not nearly as spacious as the Volkswagen Golf. Second row headroom in the Impreza is limited to 37.7 inches and rear legroom has been cut down to 35.4 inches.

Even cargo room took a bit of a shaving with 52.4 cubic feet of space behind the first row and just 22.5 cubic feet behind the second row.  

Performance Specifications

Under the hood, the Volkswagen Golf houses a powerful 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite its compact size, this efficient power source generates 170 horsepower. You’ll also notice a smooth ride and agile handling, thanks to the electric power steering and fine-tuned front and rear suspension systems.

The larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine of the Subaru Impreza delivers 148 horsepower, making it less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf. The Impreza’s engine also tends to produce a considerable amount of noise when pushed to full throttle, and its sluggish acceleration can make merging onto the highway more difficult. 

Technology Features

2016 volkswagen golf interiorThe 2016 Volkswagen Golf and the Subaru Impreza both feature standard Bluetooth® compatibility and a convenient USB port. However, the standard four-speaker audio system in the Impreza can’t match the sound quality of the eight-speaker system in the Volkswagen Golf.

The Volkswagen Golf also offers a newly updated infotainment system and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. These technology features make it possible for you to access many of your favorite smartphone apps using the vehicle’s standard touchscreen display.

Volkswagen Golf vs. Subaru Impreza Summary

When it comes to the Volkswagen Golf and the Subaru Impreza, there’s not much these two hatchbacks have in common. In fact, the Volkswagen Golf has more interior space, more horsepower, and even more speakers in its standard audio system than the Impreza.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf and how it compares to other hatchbacks on the market, contact us at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine or schedule a test drive now and experience the VW Golf for yourself.