2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Vs. 2019 Subaru WRX

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 2019 Subaru WRX, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has proven itself again and again as one of the top modern sports cars. After all, there’s a reason why it’s consistently one of the highest-ranking compact cars. With an athletic drive, luxurious cabin, cutting-edge tech, and thrillingly sharp acceleration, the 2019 Golf GTI is simply an excellent vehicle.

The 2019 Subaru WRX is similarly a sport-oriented incarnation of one of the brand’s basic models. It has likewise been getting some attention for its high-powered performance and quick acceleration. How does it stack up against the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI?

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2019 Subaru WRX

$27,595 Starting MSRP $27,195
Up to 25 city / 31 highway Fuel Economy Up to 21 city / 27 highway
17.4 cubic feet, 53.7 with seat area Cargo Space 12 cubic feet
3,062 to 3,128 pounds Curb Weight 3,272 to 3,455 pounds
168”L x 71” W x 58” H Dimensions 181” L x 71” W x 58” H

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Though the 2019 Subaru WRX does deliver a satisfying drive with a slightly lower starting price point, it suffers from an inferior interior and significantly lower cargo space. In fact, not only the 2019 Golf GTI, but nearly every rival surpasses the 2019 WRX in these two categories. This could partially be due to age: the 2019 Subaru WRX hasn’t had a substantial redesign since 2015.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior

The interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is immediately impressive thanks to its high-quality build, upscale materials, convenient design, effortless style, and intuitive functionality. The inside of the 2019 Subaru WRX is not as comfortable or well-rounded; it’s practical, but far more basic. The 2019 Golf GTI also features a more user-friendly infotainment system that’s ranked as one of the best in its class.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cargo Space

Thanks to its hatchback design, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI boasts significantly more cargo room than the 2019 Subaru WRX while also maintaining much shorter, more maneuverable dimensions. Practicality really meets performance with the 2019 Golf GTI. In addition, it has a more comfortable ride, with the 2019 WRX abrasively interacting with rough terrain.

Altogether, thanks to its excellent features, cargo space, interior, and design in addition to its incredible performance, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a more well-rounded machine than the 2019 Subaru WRX, hitting all the marks for a great daily driver as well as top performer.