We can’t help but admire the Golf GTI for consistently ranking among the best in compact cars, and the 2020 model is no different. This machine is still one of the most well-rounded vehicles in its class. Handling is playful, seating is comfortable, and plenty of space is on hand for both humans and cargo.
Most importantly, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a blast to drive. Inside, users will find a delightfully upscale, classy and roomy environment. The infotainment system is user-friendly, and as noted above, the hot-hatch body style lends itself to a plentiful helping of cargo room. For 2020, Volkswagen has packed this machine with additional standard active safety features.
How does this formidable beast compare to the 2020 Subaru WRX? Read on as we pit the two models head-to-head.
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Subaru WRX
|24 city / 32 highway||Fuel Economy||Up to 21 city / 27 highway|
|17.4 cubic feet, 53.7 with seat area||Cargo Volume||12 cubic feet|
|3 / 5||J.D. Power Reliability Rating||2 / 5|
Both vehicles in our comparison today deliver an engaging driving experience. The 2020 Subaru WRX, however, just doesn’t match the overall quality delivered by the 2020 VW Golf GTI. Both machines feature lively engines and adept handling, but the Subaru feels slightly weaker.
The 2020 WRX also suffers from excessive wind and road noise. Its interior isn’t as nice as the upscale amenities found within the 2020 GTI. And the high-performance suspension the WRX STI is fitted with has the unfortunate side-effect of rough ride quality.
For strengths, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI boasts considerably more cargo room. It has a significantly swankier interior. And it gets a higher predicted-reliability rating.
The 2020 Subaru WRX comes with standard all-wheel drive and requires premium fuel to run. These two elements have a detrimental effect on the fuel-economy of the model.