2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX

True compact sports cars are few and far between out there in the market, but Volkswagen has been holding its own for quite some time with the Golf lineup and specifically the powerful Golf GTI. This machine features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that’s good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This lightweight hatchback is a blast to drive, but how does it compare to some of its competitors like Subaru. Find out with our 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX comparison. We will look at efficiency, capability, features, and more.

If you are already in love with the 2019 Golf GTI and you are car shopping in the Chicago area, then check out what Elgin Volkswagen has to offer. Otherwise, keep reading to learn about these two models.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2019 Subaru WRX

25-City / 32-Highway Standard Efficiency (MPG) 21-City / 27-Highway
17.4 Cubic-Feet Interior Cargo Room 12.0 Cubic-Feet
4-Door Hatchback Body Style 4-Door Sedan
Standard Heated Front Seats Available

Which sport compact is better: Golf GTI or WRX?

Both of these machines are powerful, but what model is more efficient? That award goes to the 2019 Golf GTI which gets way more efficiency both in the city and out on the highway. Not only is this model fun, but it’s going to save you money at the pumps too. How great is that?

The Golf GTI is fun to drive, it’s efficient, but it’s also very capable. If you need to load it with groceries or just stuff, then it will back you up with 17.4 cubic-feet of cargo room.

Of course, the Golf GTI is a hatchback so you can fold those rear seats down to get even more room. With those rear seats folded you get up to 53.7 cubic-feet of cargo room. This is the kind of space you would expect to find in an SUV but in a lightweight sporty compact hatchback.

Finally, we get to features. The 2019 VW Golf GTI has a ton of features with available options like LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, leather, adaptive cruise control, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system. Even features like heated front seats, something typically reserved for higher trims like on the WRX, come standard on the Golf GTI.

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