2020 Subaru WRX VS 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Both the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf GTI enjoy a cult following among a certain kind of automotive enthusiasts. These cars are designed to provide ferocious acceleration, nimble handling and confident stopping power -- all while having the refinement and everyday usability to tackle the daily drive. We invite you to compare these sporty cars side by side below! As you'll soon discover for yourself, the Subaru WRX costs a bit less, yet gives you a whole lot more. More value, more performance, more safety and more technology -- that's what you'll get when you select a Subaru from Nate Wade!

Subaru WRX Exterior Design

Compare 2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Design

The 2020 Subaru WRX is a sporty sedan that's significantly longer from bumper to bumper compared to the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. However, when you compare wheelbases, these cars are within an inch of one another, so the 2020 Subaru WRX provides nimble handling and a tossable feel, despite being larger overall. With 96.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2020 Subaru WRX is a more comfortable place to be on your way to the track or just the daily commute. The 2020 VW Golf GTI gives you only 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, including 2" less front seat legroom compared to the Subaru WRX.


Subaru WRX Recaro Seats

Compare 2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Comfort & Features

If your current ride still has manual air conditioning with those red and blue zones on the temperature dial, you'll be familiar with how the climate controls work on the base 2020 VW Golf GTI models. It comes standard with manual climate control. By contrast, every 2020 Subaru WRX gets automatic climate controls where you set your desired temperature and the system takes care of the rest.

Furthermore, while SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and HD Radio technology come standard on the 2020 Subaru WRX, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to get them on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. And while you can get cloth or leather seats in either of these cars, only the Subaru WRX can be equipped with Recaro® performance-design front seats trimmed in soft yet durable Ultrasuede®. These seats feature increased bolstering so the driver is held in place even under hard cornering.

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Subaru WRX All-Wheel Drive

Compare 2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Performance & Drive

With a significant advantage of 40 horsepower over the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the 2020 Subaru WRX is noticeably quicker! But power is only the beginning of what makes the Subaru WRX such a joy to drive.

All-wheel drive enables all four wheels to contribute to acceleration while also improving handling. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has helped the Subaru WRX to earn dozens of rally racing victories and awards! The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a front-wheel drive vehicle, and AWD isn't even an option. The track-tuned Volkswagen Golf R does feature standard all-wheel drive, but it'll cost you thousands more than the 2020 Subaru WRX and even the WRX STI. Volkswagen knows its most powerful performance machine demands all-wheel drive. But you don't have to pay 40 grand or more for track-ready all-wheel drive performance when you select the 2020 Subaru WRX!


Subaru WRX Optional Fog Lights

Compare 2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Safety Accolades

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf lineup earned impressive crash test scores, but it failed to earn any safety awards from industry authorities. The 2020 Subaru WRX managed to earn the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety! That means it was tested for crashworthiness, headlight effectiveness and driver assist technology -- and found to be among the safest performance cars on the road. And since it comes with all-wheel drive, the Subaru WRX gives you more confidence and grip in wet weather, too. Subaru safety is the stuff of legends, and the 2020 Subaru WRX is no exception.


Subaru WRX Available Brembo Brakes

Compare 2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Driver Assistance

While most 2020 Subaru WRX vehicles feature a manual transmission for driving enthusiasts, those who want a sportier feel and the latest in driver assist technology would to well to choose the available CVT Sport Lineartronic™ automatic transmission. 2020 Subaru WRX models equipped with the optional CVT also feature standard EyeSight® driver assistance! Advanced cameras monitor the road around you to enable features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping functions.

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI also offers similar features -- but you can't get them all unless you upgrade to the Autobahn trim level at a starting MSRP of $36,494. Instead, choose the Subaru and get superior performance and all the latest driver assist technology for less. The 2020 Subaru WRX Premium with optional CVT transmission starts at an MSRP of $29,795!

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Why Choose The 2020 Subaru WRX At Nate Wade Subaru In Salt Lake City?

With a starting MSRP of just $27,495, the 2020 Subaru WRX boasts an even lower starting price compared to the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Golf GTI starts at an MSRP of $28,595.

In fact, the Subaru WRX can even outperform the Volkswagen Golf R thanks to the team at the Subaru Technica International racing division. The even-hotter 2020 Volkswagen Golf R starts at an MSRP of $40,395 -- or, get a Subaru WRX STI for as little as $36,985 MSRP with even more horsepower!

2020 Subaru WRX2020 VW Golf GTI
$27,495Starting MSRP*$28,595
268Horsepower228
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.