2019 Subaru WRX vs. 2019 Volkswagen GTI: Head to Head

2019 Subaru WRX, 2019 Volkswagen GTI
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WRX vs. GTI: Which Sporty Compact Car Is Right for You?

The Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX are two established nameplates in the compact car segment. Both cars are high-performance versions of value-oriented models. The GTI is based on Volkswagen’s popular Golf, and the WRX is based on the Subaru Impreza. In fact, both of these cars used to be marketed as trim levels of their base versions, but they have since established themselves as separate models with distinctive identities.

The VW GTI currently places near the top in our compact car rankings because it’s practical yet fun to drive, with peppy acceleration and fantastic handling. Some potential buyers may think the GTI’s suspension is a little too firm, which can cause a slightly uncomfortable ride at times, but overall, the GTI strikes a great balance between everyday drivability and good performance.

The WRX is more expensive than the GTI, and it’s not as practical or as comfortable. However, its performance is great, and it’s a formidable competitor in terms of power and handling.

By the end of this slideshow, you’ll understand whether the VW GTI or the Subaru WRX is the better car overall, based on U.S. News scoring in individual categories.

(Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.)

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