2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2020 Subaru WRX Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The Volkswagen Golf has been celebrated for generations for providing a nimble, exciting drive even in a practical city car package -- and the Volkswagen Golf GTI takes that performance up another notch. It's such a capable performance machine we think it can compete with bona fide sports cars like the 2020 Subaru WRX! While giving a whole lot more comfort, practicality and technology, the VW Golf GTI still gives you the power and engineering you need for canyon road carving or even some serious fun at the local track. Find out below how it compares to the 2020 Subaru WRX in this head-to-head comparison.

VW Golf GTI Red Brake Calipers

2020 VW Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Style

2020 Subaru WRX vehicles feature a somewhat louder, more in-your-face style, including features like quad exhaust outlets, side vents and a hood scoop. You might say that these features exaggerate the performance you can expect from a 2020 Subaru WRX. Meanwhile, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI features a restrained, refined look -- with just enough sportiness to let you know it's a special vehicle. Dual exhaust ports provide slick style and just enough airflow from the engine. Red GTI badges and a red highlight on the front grille provide a subtle touch of visual interest. And on the inside, handsome clark plaid upholstery provides a fresh, youthful look that you can't get from the Subaru WRX.

You also get standard LED exterior lighting and 18" alloy wheels as standard equipment on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Similar features are available on the 2020 Subaru WRX, but they'll cost you extra as optional upgrades. If you want a sports car that's right at home in the valet parking lot next to luxury cars that cost thousands more, choose the VW Golf GTI.

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is also far more practical for the daily drive. With 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 53.7 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats down, the Golf GTI is an effective grocery-getter or companion to the antiques dealer. The 2020 Subaru WRX gives you just 12.0 cubic feet of trunk space.

VW Golf GTI Clark Plaid Upholstery

2020 VW Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Features

Red accents continue into the interior of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI with ambient lighting. You won't find anything quite like that in the interior of the 2020 Subaru WRX. You also get standard Volkswagen CarNet® Safe & Secure in the Golf GTI, which can use your connected smartphone to locate a stolen vehicle, summon emergency services after a collision and much more. Similar technology is also available in the 2020 Subaru WRX, but only if you upgrade to a much more costly trim level.

Other than that, when it comes to technology, both these cars come with slick touchscreen multimedia systems complete with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for your smartphone. You can also upgrade to a bigger touchscreen, a premium audio system and built-in navigation on both models as upgrades.

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2020 VW Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Performance

The 2020 Subaru WRX has a little bit more power than the 2020 VW Golf GTI, but we still think you'll prefer the sporty drive of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Consider the opinion of the experts at Car and Driver magazine. They said of the 2020 Subaru WRX, "In daily driving, its laggy on-again-off-again power delivery is often more painful than it is pleasurable, as the turbocharged sedan expresses an initial hesitancy to get moving, followed by a surge of unexpected acceleration." Instead, they praised the Volkswagen Golf GTI, saying, "The GTI's turbocharged 228-hp four-cylinder is one of the greats. It doesn't offer overwhelming power but delivers instant response and solid acceleration."

One reason for the inconsistent power delivery is the available CVT automatic transmission in the 2020 Subaru WRX. The WRX features a CVT transmission, notorious among enthusiasts for droning noise and laggy acceleration. Instead, you get an eight-speed traditional automatic in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Furthermore, with available DCC® adaptive chassis control, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI suspension dynamically adapts to the road ahead -- for improved handling response, balance and control. You can't get an active damping suspension on the 2020 Subaru WRX at all.

VW Golf GTI Manual Transmission

2020 VW Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Safety

If you choose a 2020 Subaru WRX with the manual transmission, you won't be protected by any driver assistance features. Instead, every 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes totally standard with forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. Even with a stick-shift! If you want automatic emergency braking on the 2020 Subaru WRX, you'll have to opt for the optional CVT automatic transmission.

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For just a little bit more than the Subaru WRX, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI provides superior driver assistance, more nimble handling, more comfort, more character and a whole lot more utility. The result is more value when you choose the VW Golf GTI at McKenna Volkswagen. Starting at an MSRP of $28,595, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is ready for your test drive. Discover why it remains a favorite motoring enthusiasts to this day!

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI2020 Subaru WRX
$28,595Starting MSRP*$27,495
228 Horsepower / 258 lb-ft TorqueEngine Power268 Horsepower / 258 lb-ft Torque
24 MPG City / 32 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)18 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway
7-speed DSG® Dual-Clutch AutomaticAutomatic Transmission TypeContinuously-Variable Transmission (CVT)
53.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume12.0 Cubic Feet
StandardHeated SeatsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAutonomous Emergency BrakingAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
24 Months / 20,000 MilesIncluded MaintenanceNone
4 Years / 50,000 MilesBumper-To-Bumper Warranty3 Years / 36,000 Miles

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.