Japanese Compact vs German Hatch: See the Subaru WRX Go Toe-to-Toe with the Volkswagen Golf GTI in Charleston

Explore the new Subaru WRX vs Volkswagen Golf GTI here to see if one of these fun new sporty options will be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Volkswagen also produces a Golf R hatchback, which is a rival to the more powerful Subaru WRX STI model. For a comparison of those two models, please contact the team at Crews Subaru of Charleston.

Horsepower, Torque, and Road Performance: WRX vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

While the Volkswagen Golf GTI has made a name for itself as a performance hatch, and a hot one at that, can its reputation hold up against the well-equipped, powerful engineering of the Subaru WRX with a BOXER engine and years of careful tuning? See for yourself.

  • The Subaru WRX comes equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive--AWD isn't even an option on the Golf GTI
  • Subaru's standard 2.0-liter engine creates more horsepower than Volkswagen's similarly-sized engine; torque is evenly matched to a digit
  • Both models offer a standard six-speed manual transmission for true sport performance, but automatic transmissions are available on both

Price, Features, and Technology: WRX vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

MSRP for these two vehicles is very close--while the WRX does cost a bit more than the Golf GTI, Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system typically would cost you nearly $2,000 as an option. The Subaru WRX includes AWD in the price, so it's actually a better value even with its slightly higher price. Add in a host of standard and optional features, and you'll see just what a great buy this compact performer really is.

  • If you're a taller driver, you'll appreciate the extra inches of legroom in the front of the WRX as compared to the Golf GTI
  • The WRX Premium offers more weather-ready standard features, like heated front seats, a windshield de-icer, and heated mirrors--the Golf GTI only offers select such options
  • Thanks to its large rear hatch, the Golf GTI does offer more interior storage space, but the WRX's trunk area is more than practical for everyday uses
  • A power moonroof comes standard on mid-range and above WRX models--not true on the Golf GTI

Test Drive a New WRX


The hot hatch has long been a staple of sports-car performance in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hanahan, Summerville, and West Ashley--and while the Subaru WRX lost that wagon it was draggin', it still holds onto the heart and spirit of its old five-door form. And the sedan model is still just as thrilling as ever. But if you've been considering a new Volkswagen Golf GTI in Charleston, the German brand's token hatchback, you may want to keep your keys in your pocket; at least, until you read through this quick overview of these two top compact cars.

Feel Why the Subaru WRX Can Outdrive the Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you're still hung up on the new Volkswagen Golf GTI in North Charleston, even after reading this competitive comparison, you may want to think again. Visit Crews Subaru to take a spin in the new WRX or WRX STI sedan, and get a feeling for this iconic performer. We encourage you to explore new inventory, compare to other Subaru models, match up within trim levels, and even compare to rivals from other popular brands.

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