2021 Subaru Impreza 4DR vs Volkswagen Jetta Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

It's a crowded market in the affordable compact car segment, but Subaru gives you a little bit more than its rivals. That includes more versatility for all-terrain travel and a little bit more technology for a safe, protected drive. That means the 2021 Subaru Impreza is an even better value for getting around Southern California than its Volkswagen rival! The 2021 VW Jetta isn't as powerful, as comfortable or as sophisticated. Subaru toughness and longevity isn't just for SUVs when you choose the 2021 Subaru Impreza, available as a compact sedan or city-friendly hatchback!

New Impreza 5-Door Rear Hatch

Impreza vs. Jetta: Size & Design

That's the first major difference between the 2021 Subaru Impreza and the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta: The 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door model features an upright rear hatchback and extra cargo space -- up to 55.3 cubic feet of room with the rear seats folded down! The 2021 VW Jetta is only offered as a sedan. With the cancellation this model year of the Volkswagen Golf, VW no longer offers an affordable compact hatchback in the United States. If you want something small and easy to park yet versatile enough for trips to the big box store, be sure to consider the Impreza 5-Door.

Even when comparing sedan versions, the 2021 Subaru Impreza offers a whole lot more passenger volume, so you get more room for taller individuals to stretch out. It's just the right size for a comfortable yet compact city car.


New Impreza Apple CarPlay

Impreza vs. Jetta: Features & Technology

With comparable standard technology, both the 2021 Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen Jetta make it easier to enjoy every drive. Both feature a center stack multimedia touchscreen, USB charging and Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ to use your mobile phone hands-free or through the vehicle's built-in display. Both vehicles also offer premium trim levels with desirable features like genuine leather upholstery and a premium speaker system.

There are a few exclusive features you won't find on a new 2021 VW Jetta, though. For instance, only the 2021 Subaru Impreza can be equipped with available LED Steering Responsive Headlights. These headlights swivel with your steering to better light the way when cornering -- something not available at all on the new Jetta. Pair them with the chrome door handles on the Impreza Limited trim level for a super-premium look! The VW Jetta only comes with body-color door handles.

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New Impreza In Motion

Impreza vs. Jetta: Performance & Engineering

With standard all-wheel drive, the 2021 Subaru Impreza gives you better control than its front-wheel drive counterpart. Every wheel is driven on every new Subaru Impreza, for better handling and grip on dry pavement while helping you stay in control in wet weather.

The 2021 Subaru Impreza also makes more horsepower than the Jetta, so there's more gumption under your right foot for merging and passing on the highway. Meanwhile, on the side streets and dirt roads, the 2021 Subaru Impreza will impress with its independent double-wishbone rear suspension. The wheels articulate individually over rough roads for a smoother, quieter, more controlled drive. The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is not only less powerful than the Impreza, it has a torsion beam rear suspension that can't provide the ride quality of its Subaru rival, either.


New Impreza Backup Camera

Impreza vs. Jetta: Safety

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta boasts of its five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While it's true that it got a five-star safety rating overall, it only earned four stars in the frontal crash and rollover categories. By contrast, the 2021 Subaru Impreza not only earned a five-star NHTSA overall safety rating, it got five stars in every single individual crash test, too! A closer look at the crash test results shows you why Subaru is an even safer choice for you and your loved ones.


New Impreza On Dirt Road

Impreza vs. Jetta: Driver Assistance

Even the entry-level 2021 Subaru Impreza trims can be equipped with Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology. It's a suite of advanced safety and convenience features like lane departure warning with lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. On the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, you'll have to upgrade to get any of these features, including all the way up to the pricey SEL trim to get adaptive cruise control. On the entry-level S model, the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta isn't available with any driver assists.

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Best of all, the 2021 Subaru Impreza even costs a little bit less than the 2021 VW Jetta! Compared to its rival from Volkswagen, the 2021 Subaru Impreza gives you more space, more power, more technology and the inherent advantages of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive -- for virtually the exact same price. Get the best new car value for your life in Southern California at McKenna Subaru.

2021 Subaru Impreza2021 Volkswagen Jetta
$18,795Starting MSRP*$18,995
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
152Horsepower147
99.8 Cubic FeetPassenger Space94.7 Cubic Feet
Independent Double WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam
AvailableHatchback ModelNot Available
28 City - 36 Highway (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)30 City - 40 Highway (MPG)
Inline Four-CylinderEngine ConfigurationFlat Four-Cylinder
StandardDriver's Knee AirbagNot Available
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.