Subaru WRX vs Volkswagen Golf GTI Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

While many shoppers head to McKenna Subaru looking for a practical family hauler or a capable off-road SUV, the 2020 Subaru WRX proves that Subaru knows how to build aggressive and powerful performance cars, too. The Subaru WRX is a rally racing legend with multiple championships to its name. It's also a practical daily driver with versatile all-wheel drive and a comfortable, feature-packed cabin. This means other practical performers like the Volkswagen Golf GTI are natural competitors. On the page below, we'll compare the 2020 Subaru WRX and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI side-by-side so you can discover which model is the right fit for you and your life in Southern California. The Subaru WRX outperforms the VW Golf GTI in these key areas!

2020 WRX Exterior Design

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 VW Golf GTI: Size & Comfort

The 2020 Subaru WRX is a sedan with a practical trunk at the rear and a spacious cabin for up to five occupants. That means it may appear a whole lot longer than the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback, but they have a nearly identical wheelbase. However, with an additional two inches of front seat legroom, the 2020 Subaru WRX is a better choice for taller drivers looking for a compact sports car. Its surprisingly comfortable cabin even comes standard with automatic climate controls for effortless comfort, unlike the 2020 VW Golf GTI which makes you pay more for that feature as an upgrade.

2020 WRX Interior Comfort

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 VW Golf GTI: Features & Technology

Both vehicles provide a modern touchscreen multimedia display, complete with Apple CarPlay®; and Android Auto™ smartphone functionality. However, even the entry-level 2020 Subaru WRX goes even further to provide standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and HD Radio capability for the highest quality radio broadcasts available. Yet again, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI only provides these features at a higher trim level.

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2020 WRX Brembo Brakes

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 VW Golf GTI: Performance & Drive

With an additional 40 horsepower under the hood compared to the 2020 VW Golf GTI, the 2020 Subaru WRX has the muscle and quickness you demand from a rally-inspired performance car. And since it distributes power to all four wheels, you'll have tenacious grip and acceleration whether you're exiting a paved corner or ripping up a dirt road. The 2020 VW Golf-GTI is a front-wheel drive car, meaning it's more susceptible to things like torque steer and excessive wheelslip when pushed to the limit.

And since the 2020 Subaru WRX is powered by a flat BOXER® engine, more weight is positioned low on the frame. This gives you a lower center of gravity for better balance and a more planted feel when cornering hard. From the straightaways to the curves, the 2020 Subaru WRX offers better performance than the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

2020 WRX Fog Lights

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 VW Golf GTI: Safety

In crash tests performed by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf (from which is derived both the Golf GTI and Golf R) fell a bit short. It only earned an "Acceptable" score in the passenger side small overlap frontal crash test. By contrast, the 2020 Subaru WRX earned the best-possible score of "Good" in every single crash test the IIHS performs. As a result, it also earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick distinction from the IIHS, denoting it as one of the safest performance cars on the road today. Subaru gives you not only the performance you demand but also the safety you need.

2020 WRX Manual Transmission

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 VW Golf GTI: Driver Assist Technology

Every 2020 VW Golf GTI now comes standard with Front Assist driver assist technology, including forward collision alert and autonomous emergency braking. However, adaptive cruise control isn't available on that model unless you upgrade to the top-of-the-line Autobahn trim level for a MSRP of $36,495! By contrast, every 2020 Subaru WRX with an automatic transmission comes standard with Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance. This suite of features includes the same driver assist technology as Front Assist as well as lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. That means you can spend a whole lot less and still get the latest safety innovation from Subaru.

And for true driving enthusiasts, it means that manual transmission 2020 Subaru WRX models feature no driving assistance for a pure driving experience.

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Why The Value Is Always Better At McKenna

With a starting MSRP of $28,595, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI makes a compelling case for itself as a fun-to-drive car with a practical side -- but it just can't keep up with the performance, capability and safety of a brand-new Subaru WRX. Better still, the 2020 Subaru WRX starts for more than a thousand dollars less! Starting at an MSRP of just $27,495, the 2020 Subaru WRX is the clear performance bargain.

2020 Subaru WRX2020 VW Golf GTI
$27,495Starting MSRP*$28,595
258 lb-ftTorque258 lb-ft
21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPGGas Mileage24 City MPG / 32 Highway MPG
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
SedanBody StyleHatchback
Available Brembo® BrakesPerformance Braking SystemNot Available
96.6 cu. ft.Passenger Volume93.5 cu. ft.
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Rating4 Stars
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable

*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.