2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Subaru WRX
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2016 Subaru WRX
$25,595 MSRP $26,595
25/34 MPG 20/27
210hp Horsepower 268hp
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 12.0 cu. ft.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Subaru WRX

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI  Interior

There’s no denying some of the more fun cars to look at when you’re considering an upgrade are the sportier options, with high horsepower numbers to bring visions of wind in your hair and a thrill around every corner. Comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Subaru WRX almost seems like an odd choice, as the WRX isn’t currently offered as a hatchback. The Golf GTI is known as one of the founding hot hatches, so its performance specs are well known, but the body style also makes it a practical choice as a daily driver. On the other side of the coin is the WRX, which has impressive specs, but severely limited trunk space.

For those simply seeking performance, the rally-inspired Subaru WRX may look like the winning model, at least on paper. In test drives it has been shown to be a tad bit faster than the Golf GTI. Those planning on racing their vehicles will notice the difference, but in real world driving, acceleration times have been shown to be closely matched. Volkswagen is also noticeably more refined, with stronger brakes, tighter steering and a much quieter cabin. One thing the WRX has over the GTI is standard AWD, which won’t go unnoticed in slippery situations, but it is also operates as an FWD model under normal driving conditions.

The Golf GTI offers a well-rounded experience

Talking about how a model drives and experiencing it for oneself are entirely different experiences. Some say the WRX is slightly more fun, but it’s also slightly more expensive, and we don’t just mean as a starting price. Sure, the MSRP is higher, but it also has significantly worse fuel economy. Anyone who commutes may find the WRX isn’t worth its weight in thrills, especially when considering it requires the more expensive premium fuel. It’s true the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI offers improved performance when premium is used, but this model year has been designed to also accept regular fuel.

Between a lower price, a smoother and quieter ride, and the convenience of extra cargo space, there’s much to love about the Golf GTI. It’s performance specs end up only slightly reducing the fun-factor in comparison to the WRX, but it’s an overall well-rounded car for both those who are seeking a personal car and those looking for a track-ready model. Of course, the best way to see if it’s really the right vehicle for you is to stop by New Century Volkswagen and test drive it for yourself.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Design