2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan

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  Volkswagen Jetta
 Subaru Impreza
 Starting MSRP
$18,645 (AT) $18,495 (CVT)
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 28/40 28/38
 All-Wheel Drive
 Not Available
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
 94.1 99.8
* AT = Automatic Transmission, CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

*While the Jetta has a better fuel mileage estimate, it does not offer AWD, which affects MPG estimates. In our opinion, we'd rather have the peace of mind of all-wheel drive with the weather we experience here in the Salt Lake area. After all, mpg hardly matters if you can't reach your destination safely to begin with!

Impreza versus Jetta

Choosing a new sedan can be quite a challenge, given the sheer number of noteworthy vehicles out there. Given that they tend to all present similar silhouettes, it makes things even more challenging unless you take the time to dig into the important specifications. That's when you'll realize that there are significant differences between vehicles, and you can use that information to help you make an informed buying decision. That's why we've put together this handy comparison of the 2018 Subaru Impreza and the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback


Right off the bat, we feel obliged to mention that the Impreza comes with standard Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive, while the Jetta doesn't even make it an available option. Given the often mercurial nature of the weather we experience in the Salt Lake City, Sandy, Provo and Murray areas, we find it comforting to know that our vehicle is well-equipped to handle any challenges Mother Nature may throw in our way. Plus the Impreza boasts a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that manufactures more horsepower than the Jetta's 1.4-liter 4-cylinder makes, giving you that extra bit of "go" when you need it on the highway.


We've all grown quite accustomed to having the world at our fingertips, and that connection carries into our vehicles now. The Impreza comes with the STARLINK Multimedia system as a standard feature, offering you Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Pandora® integration, plus STARLINK apps that provide navigation, news, podcasts and more. Plus, wireless pairing and hands-free smartphone operation provide easy connection to your world outside while keeping your hands and eyes where they belong.

The Jetta also offers Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility through its multimedia system, but the complete app offering doesn't seem as in depth as the comprehensive suite Impreza delivers.

Subaru Impreza Sedan

Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Snow


It's important that you feel confident when you slip behind the wheel of your car, and the Subaru Impreza delivers confidence in spades. Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive is designed to deliver optimal balance and traction, redirecting power to the wheels that have traction and delivering outstanding grip in rain, snow or rough terrain. The end result is a constantly solid connection to the road and a responsive, engaging drive. The Jetta, while an admittedly fun car to drive, just can't offer that same feeling of security.

Both vehicles offer construction that's designed to protect you and your passengers, as well as a multitude of standard airbags and anti-lock brakes. When equipped with available EyeSight® driver-assist technology, the Impreza received the highest possible rating for front crash prevention by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; the Jetta earned the same rating when it's outfitted with available Front Assist.

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Treat Yourself to an Impreza Test Drive

In the end, the only way to truly appreciate the handling, performance and style of the 2018 Subaru Impreza is to take it out for a drive and experience it for yourself. Visit our Salt Lake City showroom at your convenience and meet with a member of our team. We believe you'll be glad that you did!

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