These days, hatchbacks are slowly, but surely, on the rise and the five-door Subaru Impreza and Honda’s Civic hatchback are two of the most popular options currently on the market.

The Impreza comes equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.0L boxer four-cylinder but this is the only engine available to buyers. That said, this mill is capable of churning out 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque and it is pared to a either a CVT or five-speed manual in the entry level model.

The Subaru’s main edge is the fact that this model comes standard as an all-wheel drive vehicle. The Honda, on the other hand, comes with only the 1.5L turbo worthy of 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Sport trim versions are capable of producing 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Civic’s engine can be mated to either a CVT or a six-speed manual, for those looking for more fun.

The Honda is absolutely efficient as it managed 32 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined under the automatic mode. Meanwhile, the Impreza is capable of 28 mpg in city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.

Based on a poll conducted by AutoGuide, 68 percent of the 2,204 respondents opted for the Subaru Impreza over the Honda Civic hatchback. That’s a significant difference in figures.

So, what is the Impreza’s winning factor?

Well, according to fans, many had voted for the Impreza as the Civic manual is restricted to LX and Sport and the lack of options is said to be appalling. Other fans had opted for the Subaru due to the fact that the model had an AWD advantage that the Civic lacked.

If you were given the choice between these two models, which would be your preferred hatchback?