2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX

Blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, VS icon, and silver 2019 Subaru WRX

Do you desire a compact car with some serious kick? Check out the high-performance 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, with its robust engine, quick acceleration, excellent handling, high-level safety, generous warranty coverage, and a comfortable and versatile interior. One of the competitors of the Golf GTI is the Subaru WRX. See how the two models stack up in this 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX comparison.

The 2019 Golf GTI has a big advantage for warranty coverage, with the backing of a very generous 6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty. The 2019 WRX has a 3-years/36,000-miles basic warranty and a 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty.

For even greater peace of mind, the Golf GTI provides high-level safety with its standard safety features. This includes the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the Intelligent Crash Response System, which unlocks the doors, shuts off the fuel pump, and turns on the hazard lights if you get into an accident with the Golf GTI. The WRX doesn’t offer either of these features.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX
6-years/72,000-miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty Warranty Coverage 3-years/36,000-miles Basic Warranty; 5-years/60,000-miles Powertrain Warranty
Standard Crash Response System No
Standard Cross Differential System No
53.7 cu-ft Max. Cargo Capacity 12.3 cu-ft

Advantages of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Golf GTI delivers a delightful driving experience with its advanced performance features. The adjustable suspension enables you to choose settings to maximize either comfort or sportiness, while the Cross Differential System provides superb cornering performance. The WRX doesn’t offer either of these features. Also, if you place a premium on efficiency, then the Golf GTI is the better option. It gets an estimated fuel economy of 25 city/33 hwy mpg, while the WRX gets an estimated fuel economy of only 21 city/27 hwy mpg.

With features like the standard interior ambient lighting (which the WRX doesn’t offer), the Golf GTI has the more upscale cabin. Also, the Golf GTI offers more storage space, with a maximum cargo capacity of 53.7 cu-ft (with the rear seats folded down flat). With its sedan design, the primary storage space for the WRX is limited to the trunk, which has a cargo capacity of just 12.3 cu-ft.

Are you a high-performance compact car shopper from the Los Angeles-area? Check out the 2019 VW Golf GTI at Volkswagen of Santa Monica!


White 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI driving on a roundabout
A man driving a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a box in the rear seat area
Gauges and navigation system in 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI
A finger touching the infotainment system touchscreen in a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI