2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Golf

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

9.9

starting from

$34,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.8 s @ 101 mph
2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.2

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Average range on the highway
479 miles
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Average range in the city
334 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Leather comes standard on the Impreza WRX STI; the Golf only offers cloth seats
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The Impreza WRX STI's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Impreza WRX STI's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.1 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Impreza WRX STI; but it's not available at all on the Golf
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $15,955 cheaper (around 50% less), $18,765 vs $34,720
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Impreza WRX STI; the Golf only offers cloth seats

Performance

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Impreza WRX STI
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Impreza WRX STI is fairly powerful, but the Golf is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Impreza WRX STI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.1 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The Impreza WRX STI is a sporty car, while the Golf is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Impreza WRX STI's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Golf is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while the Impreza WRX STI has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Impreza WRX STI; but it's not available at all on the Golf

Cost

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Impreza WRX STI
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MSRP $34,720 vs $18,765 The Golf has a great price and the Impreza WRX STI is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 23 mpg The Golf has OK city mileage, while the Impreza WRX STI is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 389 miles vs 479 miles The Golf has OK highway range, but the Impreza WRX STI is very limited
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 15.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 The Impreza WRX STI has roomy front seats, but the Golf is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Unknown vs Not Available
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Impreza WRX STI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Golf
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Cupholders 8 vs 3 The Impreza WRX STI has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 3 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 8.6 seconds The Impreza WRX STI has a good 0-60 time, but the Golf is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 131 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 13.8 s @ 101 mph vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph The Impreza WRX STI's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Golf 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.93 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 144 mph vs 125 mph The Impreza WRX STI's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Golf is just OK

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2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Honda Fit Sport Golf vs Fit Sport
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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 Toyota Prius Four Golf TDI vs Prius Four
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Toyota Corolla Golf vs Corolla

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