2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ Comparison for Puget Sound Area

Compare 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Subaru BRZ Models in Seattle, WA

Today's automotive engineering has produced impressive performance at an affordable price, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI. This is the car that first seduced the masses back in 1974 and kicked off the popular Hot Hatch segment. Today, there are a few other affordable sports cars like the latest Subaru BRZ. It may not be a hatch, but it certainly has a reputation for performance to rival the legendary VW Golf GTI. Which one will offer you more value and excitement as your next new vehicle? We look at the facts below to determine how the features, performance, safety, and more compare between these two models.

Once you have an idea of the advantages that come with the newest 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, come experience it firsthand during a test drive at Carter Volkswagen in Ballard. Not only are we home to The Carter Advantage, we also show each of our customers the respect they deserve with a Hassle-Free experience. Take a moment to schedule your next test drive right here online, or simply stop by our location at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107 just west of Bellevue and Kirkland, WA.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ: Interior

One look, and it's clear that these are two very different affordable sports cars. While the iconic VW Golf GTI is a practical and versatile four-door hatchback, the Subaru BRZ is a compact two-door coupe. To give you an idea of the difference inside, the affordable sports car from Subaru only offers a mere 76.5 cubic feet of passenger space with only four seats. The new Volkswagen Golf GTI, on the other hand, offers comfort for five people with 93.5 cubic feet of passenger room.

When it comes to those trips to the grocery store, or other errands that require space in the car, you'll find 17.4 cubic feet of storage in the back of the VW Golf GTI compared to less than 7 cubic feet in the trunk of the Subaru BRZ. Fold the rear seats down in the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI, and you'll find 52.7 cubic feet for a lot more versatility that you'll find in any Subaru BRZ. Of course, space is only the beginning of the differences. Just wait until you see all of the standard features that come with the affordable sports car from Volkswagen.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ: Features

No matter which model you choose, the new 2019 VW Golf GTI comes standard with exterior features that include heated windshield washer nozzles, automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. You won't find any of these features on a 2019 Subaru BRZ from the factory.

Step inside these two affordable sports cars, and the difference in value becomes even more apparent. That's because the interior of every new Volkswagen Golf GTI features heated seats, power reclining front seats, lumbar support, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, and rear armrest with pass-through. While you can get power seat adjustments in the Subaru BRZ, the rest of these features aren't available at all.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ: Performance

The whole point of an affordable sports car is to enjoy a higher level of performance than the average grocery-getter. The new VW Golf GTI and the Subaru BRZ weigh about the same, but you'll find a bit more horsepower under the hood of the GTI thanks to its turbocharged engine. The additional horsepower is nice, but it's the torque that really puts the Volkswagen Golf GTI in a different league. It pumps out 258 lb/ft of torque compared to just 156 lb/ft from the Subaru BRZ. The result is a better throttle response and acceleration in the VW Golf GTI that the small sports car from Subaru simply can't compete with. What's more, you'll get noticeably better fuel economy in a new Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ: Safety

When it comes to your next affordable sports car, it's good to know that it's safe. We're glad to find that both cars are safe, but consider some important distinctions. In the small overlap front driver-side crash test by the independent experts at the IIHS, the VW Golf GTI earned the highest score while the Subaru BRZ did not. Of course, reliability is also a matter of safety, and Volkswagen stands behind every new 2019 Golf GTI with America's best bumper-to-bumper warranty lasting for 72 months or 72,000 miles. The Subaru BRZ only comes with a 36-month or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru BRZ: Driver Assistance Technology

Today, advanced driver assistance technology can help you avoid accidents completely thanks to features like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Lane Assist, and even Park Assist that can help park the vehicle for you. Some of these features are found in other Subaru models, but not in the BRZ. However, these features and others are standard on all but the entry-level 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI. This is another example of how the new VW Golf GTI provides far more for your money than the Subaru BRZ.

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What Makes a New Volkswagen a Good Choice for Getting Around the Seattle Area?

Through a dedication to quality and customer satisfaction, Volkswagen has become one of the world's most successful automotive companies. Of course, this level of success is only the beginning of the story. Volkswagen does more than ride on their well-earned reputation by standing behind nearly every new model they make with America's best bumper-to-bumper warranty. That means the entire vehicle will be covered for 6 years or 72,000 miles. Whether you need a small, economical, and city-friendly car like the award-winning Volkswagen Golf or something the whole family can enjoy like the new VW Volkswagen Golf GTI, we invite you to discover a Hassle-Free Experience at Carter Volkswagen where we proudly serve Puyallup, Renton, and beyond.