2017 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2017 Subaru WRX: Head to Head

Volkswagen GTI, Subaru WRX
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We’re not looking to start any internet flame wars with this, we promise. It just so happens that Subaru and Volkswagen both have legions of loyal fans. Two of the cars those fan bases hold most dear are the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen GTI.

If you’re trying to decide between these two vehicles, you’ll do well to identify your priorities and think good and hard about the manner and conditions in which you’ll be driving your new car. The WRX is the more powerful, more athletic, and more track-ready vehicle, even in the standard trim. But the GTI is no wimp either, and its convenient hatchback design, upscale interior, and superior fuel economy may win over buyers who are willing to trade about 50 horsepower for a more refined daily driving experience.

Which is the car for you? We’ve evaluated them top to bottom. Click through to find out how they compare. 

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