2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX -- Which Performance Car is Right for You?

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

The 2019 Subaru WRX is the latest in a popular line of performance-inspired sedans -- but the 2019 Volkswagen GTI is a performance hatch that offers you even more for your money! And on this page, we aim to prove it to you. After all, only the 2019 Volkswagen Golf line (including models like the spacious Golf Sportwagen and the electrified e-Golf) was named one of the 10 Best Cars for 2019 by the experts at Car and Driver magazine!

Rather than speak for ourselves, we'll let them speak for us. The 2019 VW Golf GTI, "Delivers automotive ecstasy in spades, starting with the 228-hp turbocharged inline-four with smooth, satisfying power delivery and a strong shove of torque down low in the rev range," wrote that publication. Not even the powerful Subaru WRX earned a 10Best award. Find out why the 2019 Volkswagen GTI is the better buy in the comparison information below.

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Interior Features: 2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX

Before we talk about performance, let's take a look at the practicality these cars offer you. When you're looking for a useful daily driver that's also a riot on twisty backroads and the local racetrack, the 2019 VW GTI is the clear winner. Its hatchback design means you get 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Or, fold down the rear seats to open up a whopping 52.7 cubic feet of storage room! From the 2019 Subaru WRX, you'll get a small rear trunk with just 12.0 cubic feet of cargo room. When you've got some shopping to do, the Golf GTI is the better companion.

Furthermore, you'll find stylish Clark plaid upholstery inside the 2019 Volkswagen GTI, complete with standard heated seats. To get heated seats on the Subaru WRX, you'll need to upgrade to a higher trim level.


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Technology Features: 2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX

With the available 8" glass touch display, the 2019 Volkswagen GTI gives you the largest, slickest infotainment screen in either of these performance cars. VW Car-Net® App-Connect also comes standard with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for seamless smartphone integration. Furthermore, ambient interior lighting lends the interior of the 2019 VW GTI a stylish look and a little extra visibility when rummaging around for that pen you dropped. You won't find ambient lighting inside the 2019 Subaru WRX at all.

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Performance: 2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX

The legendary performance of the GTI comes not only from its powerful engine but from its lightweight frame and dynamic handling. The Volkswagen weighs about 200 pounds less than the 2019 Subaru WRX which means it's more tossable in the turns, and engine power goes further. While the 2019 Subaru WRX makes a little bit more horsepower than the 2019 VW GTI, the GTI makes the same amount of torque -- and archives peak torque earlier in the rev range. As a result, the 2019 Volkswagen GTI feels noticeably quicker off the line.

New for 2019, a standard limited-slip differential gives the 2019 VW GTI incredible grip for more aggressive handling.

Finally, if you prefer to let the car handle its own gear changes, you'll be glad to have the sophisticated 7-speed DSG® transmission available with paddle shifters on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Compared to the CVT transmission available on the 2019 Subaru WRX, the Volkswagen GTI gives you a quicker response for superior acceleration.


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Safety Equipment: 2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX

We battle the rain and fog plenty here in the Seattle region, and the 2019 Volkswagen GTI has you covered with standard fog lights. On the 2019 Subaru WRX, you'll have to pay extra to have fog lights added. Furthermore, you'll enjoy better rearward visibility in the Volkswagen as its hatchback design comes with a rear window wiper. The Subaru WRX sedan has no rear window wiper.


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Warranty Coverage: 2019 Volkswagen GTI VS 2019 Subaru WRX

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI gives you superior protection against manufacturer defect and premature wear thanks to the People First Warranty. For six years/72,000 miles, your car is protected from bumper to bumper. That's an extra year of powertrain coverage and three extra years of bumper-to-bumper coverage compared to what you get from Subaru! You can have more confidence that your investment is protected with the 2019 Volkswagen GTI.


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Carter Volkswagen -- Seattle's German Engineering Source

At Carter VW, we're proud to offer the exciting 2019 lineup of vehicles from Volkswagen! They're the latest and greatest offerings from Europe's largest automaker. There's something for everyone in our inventory, from the compact, nimble Jetta to the roomy Tiguan to the massive, three-row Volkswagen Atlas. Sophisticated German engineering means that a Volkswagen offers unmatched safety and performance, so you get the engaging drive you want along with the strong, durable chassis your family needs. Stop by our showroom today for a test drive at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.