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Compare Subaru WRX vs. Volkswagen GTI

Compare the Subaru WRX against the Volkswagen GTI. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the WRX stacks up against the GTI in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new WRX or GTI. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2015 Subaru WRX 2015 Volkswagen GTI
2015 Subaru WRX 2015 Volkswagen GTI
4dr Sdn Man
  • 4dr Sdn Man
  • 4dr Sdn Man Premium
  • 4dr Sdn CVT Premium
  • 4dr Sdn Man Limited
  • 4dr Sdn CVT Limited
  • 4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn Launch Edition
  • 4dr Sdn Limited
2dr HB Man S
  • 2dr HB Man S
  • 4dr HB Man S
  • 2dr HB DSG S
  • 2dr HB Man S w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG S
  • 4dr HB Man S w/Performance Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg
  • 2dr HB Man SE
  • 4dr HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB Man SE
  • 2dr HB DSG SE
  • 2dr HB Man SE w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG SE
  • 4dr HB Man SE w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 2dr HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG Autobahn
  • 4dr HB Man Autobahn w/Performance Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG Autobahn w/Performance Pkg

Prices

MSRP $26,295 $24,785  
Invoice $24,817 $23,793
Avg. Paid $26,331 $24,495

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 9.0  
Critics' Rating 9.0 9.7
Performance 8.8 8.8
Interior 7.3 8.2
Safety 10.0 10.0
Reliability 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Superb handling
  • Responsive engine
  • Supportive front seats
  • Sharp steering and nimble handling
  • Good gas mileage
  • Large cargo hold
  • Peppy and smooth powertrain
 
Cons
  • Small trunk
  • Bland interior materials
  • Lackluster infotainment graphics

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual  
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121
MPG 21 City / 28 Hwy 25 City / 34 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Hatchback  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.3 103.6  
Length, Overall (in) 180.9 168
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 70.5
Height, Overall (in) 58.1 56.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard  

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3267 2972  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Optional
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.6 93.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 38.1
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 53.9
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 52.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard  
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Optional  
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard  
Front Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 5600 210 @ 4500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 2000 258 @ 1500
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.4 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 13.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard  
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.