The 2016 Subaru Impreza vs. the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

When you're looking for a reliable sedan, the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta offer a lot to their respective drivers. Today, we're going to show drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield areas these similar vehicles, but we're going to focus on their differences to show you what each vehicle offers to its driver.

In this vehicle comparison, we're going to turn our attention towards engine and vehicle handling, interior comfort, entertainment technology and safety. By the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of these vehicles and what they offer. You'll even know which one you'd rather test drive.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Engine & Handling

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is outfitted with a 2-Liter 4-Cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine with a fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission. This particular engine features horizontally opposed valves that feed power into the symmetrical all-wheel drive system, which provides great handling and agility. This unique engine also lays flat under the hood. Due to its low center of gravity, it eliminates drag and allows you to reach your desired speed without struggling to get there.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is equipped with a 1.4-Liter 4-Cylinder TSI® Turbo engine. This vehicle features a 5-speed manual transmission. Although this engine is lively and offers a great deal of power, the Subaru BOXER® engine offers a smoother power delivery. Not only that, but the symmetrical all-wheel drive in the Impreza gives the driver more power over handling than the front wheel drive system that's featured in the Volkswagen Jetta.

Interior Comfort & Passenger Space

The 2016 Impreza and the 2016 Jetta are both equipped to carry 5 passengers. For upholstery, the Subaru Impreza features tricot seating appointments; the Volkswagen Jetta features cloth seating. In terms of space, the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta offer 37.1 inches of head room for rear passengers.

The Subaru sedan offers 39.8 inches of head room and 43.5 inches of leg room for its front passengers. The Volkswagen sedan, on the other hand, falls short with the 38.2 inches of front head room and 41.2 inches of leg room for front passengers. Even though these vehicles offer the same amount of head room for rear passengers, in other aspects, the Subaru Impreza offers more.

Technology & Entertainment Amenities

Both the Impreza and the Jetta offer 4-speaker sound systems for audio delivery. The Subaru Impreza features the STARLINK™ multimedia center. This system offers a 6.2-inch color touch screen display where you can access the CD player or the HD Radio®, which provides you with high definition AM/FM station listening. Fans of talk radio will especially enjoy this feature because it limits the harsh buzzing sound that's usually associated with AM stations.

The Jetta sedan features a 5-inch color touch screen display where drivers can select their choices of the AM/FM radio or the CD player. In terms of smart phone connectivity, the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta both feature Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity, which allows you to make and receive calls while driving without having to take your hands off of the wheel. The Bluetooth® systems in each vehicle also allow you to stream music from your smartphone directly into the vehicles' sound systems.

Although these technological amenities seem similar, the 2016 Impreza Sedan has the advantage here. Not only does the Subaru Impreza feature a larger touch screen display, but it features a high-definition radio. An added bonus is that the Subaru Impreza features steer wheel-mounted controls for audio, Bluetooth® and cruise control. The Volkswagen Jetta doesn't offer this convenience.

Safety Features & Ratings

The Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen each feature a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system. The 2016 Impreza features Vehicle Dynamic Control, which is a traction/stability control system that detects wheel slippage and reduces engine speed while applying specific brake pressure to ensure that your vehicle gets back on track. This feature is also equipped in the Volkswagen Jetta as anti-slip regulation.

In terms of collision protection, the Subaru Impreza features advanced front airbags, which sense the severity of impact and inflate accordingly to avoid airbag related injuries. This vehicle also features seat-mounted side airbags for pelvis/torso protection, side curtain airbags (for front/rear passenger head protection) and a driver's knee airbag.

The Volkswagen Jetta offers front airbags for driver and side protection. The side airbags offer supplemental thorax protection. The Side Curtain Protection® airbags cover both front and rear passenger heads in the event of a side impact.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, both vehicles earned great ratings. Both the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta were voted as 2016 Top Safety Pick +'s. In order to receive this accolade, the vehicle has to pass all crash tests and provide advanced-to-superior front crash avoidance and mitigation. The Volkswagen Jetta, according to the IIHS, offers advanced front crash prevention. However, the Subaru Impreza offers superior protection.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Comparison Conclusion

In this vehicle comparison, we showed drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area the similarities and differences between the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta. You learned that the Subaru Impreza offers better handling, thanks in part to its unique engine and the symmetrical all-wheel drive.

You also learned that the Subaru Impreza sedan offers more room for passengers. In terms of technology and entertainment, the Impreza has an advantage over the Volkswagen Jetta. It offers a high-definition radio, a bigger touch screen display, as well as the convenience of having steering wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls.

Regarding safety, the Subaru sedan offers more. Not only does it feature advanced airbags, but it includes a driver's knee airbag which can help prevent long term disability in the event of an unforeseen collision. Although each vehicle was voted as a Top Safety Pick+, the Subaru Impreza offers superior front crash prevention. Overall, you learned that the Subaru Impreza offers you more in every category.


Learn more by scheduling a test drive with the 2016 Subaru Impreza today at Lynnes Subaru, conveniently located at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.

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