2020 VW Golf GTI vs 2020 Subaru WRX Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Perhaps no car better blends the joy of driving with the practical features you need for your daily life than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. For more than half a century, the Golf GTI has defined the fun-to-drive hatchback segment. Today's Golf GTI is more than just fun to drive -- it's a bona fide performance car. Best of all, it's got German engineering and proven VW quality. As the folks at Car and Driver magazine put it, "You can't find a better car for less and you have to spend a lot more money to get a better one." Let us save you money at McKenna VW! Discover below why the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better buy than the 2020 Subaru WRX.

VW Golf GTI Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Style & Design

Beginning on the outside, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with sharp LED taillights and daytime running lights, unlike the 2020 Subaru WRX. That gives the Golf GTI a more modern appearance at night. You'll also enjoy bigger standard alloy wheels on the 2020 VW Golf GTI. Best of all, the Golf GTI is a hot hatchback, not a sedan, meaning it has a wide rear hatch and a huge space for cargo. When you fold down the rear seats, you'll uncover more than 53 cubic feet of cargo storage. The 2020 Subaru WRX is a sedan, and that means it can't come even close to the cargo-carrying prowess of the 2020 VW Golf GTI.

On the inside, the 2020 Volkswagen GTI flaunts its signature Clark plaid upholstery. This unique style element is unlike anything you'll find inside the 2020 Subaru WRX. Leather-trimmed upholstery is also available as an upgrade. Where the Subaru WRX features standard manual front seats without lumbar adjustment, the Golf GTI provides power-adjustable front seats with manual lumbar adjustment as standard equipment.

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VW Golf GTI Android Auto

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Features & Technology

Both these sporty cars provide a touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology. You can connect your compatible smartphone for hands-free communication, audio streaming, navigation and more.

But where the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI sets itself apart is with everyday conveniences like standard rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights and heated front seats. Similar features can be added as options, but they're not standard on the 2020 Subaru WRX.

On the fully-loaded 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn trim level, you'll also get DCC® Dynamic Chassis Control. This system allows you to adjust the firmness of the suspension -- switch to comfort mode for a smoother ride over iffy pavement, then switch to sport mode and the Golf GTI hunkers down like a runner in the blocks, with a firmer, more planted handling feel. An adaptive suspension isn't available on the 2020 Subaru WRX.

VW Golf GTI Dual-Clutch Transmission

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Power & Handling

The 2020 Subaru WRX makes a bit more horsepower than the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI, but it also weighs more. And since the Golf GTI achieves maximum power and torque much earlier in the rev range than the WRX, it'll have no trouble keeping up with the 2020 Subaru WRX in most driving conditions.

And while both cars come with a six-speed manual transmission as the standard choice for performance driving enthusiasts, both models are available with an automatic if you prefer. And you'll prefer the automatic in the VW Golf GTI. It's a 7-speed, dual-clutch unit that gives smooth and speedy shifts. In the automatic 2020 Subaru WRX, you'll find a continuously variable transmission. While CVTs certainly help to boost efficiency, they struggle to provide the engagement of a traditional geared transmission like the one you'll find in the Golf GTI.

Despite this, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf gets far better fuel economy! The 2020 Subaru WRX features an all-wheel drive system that means you'll have to fill up for gas a lot more often. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf gets up to 8 more MPGs when driving on the highway.

VW Golf GTI Red Brake Calipers

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Subaru WRX: Safety

One more reason to select the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI? You can get the latest in safety technology regardless of transmission choice! On the 2020 Subaru WRX, safety features like autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control are optional extras -- but only when you select models with the available CVT. Standard transmission models can't be equipped with such features. By contrast, every 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with Front Assist forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Available upgrades include Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assist and more. If you want the driver-to-car connection of a manual transmission without giving up modern safety features, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better selection.

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The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at an MSRP that's within $1,000 of the starting MSRP of the 2020 Subaru WRX -- and it gives you way more than that in return when you factor in all the value, safety and utility you get from the Golf GTI. When you want a pulse-quickening performance car for a more engaging drive, but don't want to give up the safety and technology benefits of a brand-new daily driver, the 2020 VW Golf GTI gives you the very best of both worlds.

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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.