2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX

Front passenger angle of a green 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI on left VS front passenger angle of a white 2019 Subaru WRX on right

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has gained popularity as it improved on the Volkswagen Golf while still maintaining all of its loved characteristics. To truly see why drivers love the Golf GTI, we have found a strong competitor. While the 2019 Subaru WRX is a sedan, it offers a similar experience. Since there isn’t a hot hatch like the Golf GTI out there, the WRX is a good match.

In our 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Subaru WRX comparison, we have decided to compare only the standard trim levels. This way, you know what is guaranteed. Now, let’s see how different these two vehicles are.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2019 Subaru WRX

25 city mpg
32 highway mpg
Fuel Economy 21 city mpg
27 highway mpg
53.7 cubic feet Maximum Interior Cargo Volume 12.0 cubic feet
72 months/72,000 miles Bumper to Bumper and Powertrain Warranty Coverage 36 months/36,000 miles Bumper to Bumper
60 months/60,000 miles Powertrain
Standard Heated Front Seats Not Available
Available Blind-Spot Monitoring Not Available
Available Forward Collision Warning Not Available

Advantages of the 2019 VW Golf GTI

The 2019 VW Golf GTI has many advantages over the 2019 Subaru WRX. The Golf GTI is far more efficient than the WRX. The Golf GTI comes ahead again regarding its spacious interior for cargo. This is unsurprising as the Golf GTI is a hatchback while the WRX is a sedan. Regardless, 12.0 cubic feet is quite small in a sedan. If you are shopping for warranties, you will be much happier with the Golf GTI. The Golf GTI offers 72 months and 72,000 miles of bumper to bumper and powertrain protection. The WRX only gives 36 months or 36,000 miles bumper to bumper. Its powertrain warranty is not impressive either as it protects for 60 months or 60,000 months. The Golf GTI also offers features that the WRX does not. Heated front seats are standard on the 2019 VW Golf GTI and will make winter more bearable. Finally, the Golf GTI offers the opportunity to add blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.

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