At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine, we know that drivers love speeding around Southern California in a cool sports car. That’s why we wrote this comparison between the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the 2017 Subaru WRX for our readers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach. We hope it helps you get a better sense of which vehicle you’d rather take out on a sunny day.

Without further ado, let’s look at how the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Subaru WRX stack up against each other in terms of fuel efficiency, transmission, and design.

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Subaru WRX: Fuel Efficiency

The standard engine for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a 1.8L turbocharged model. This spirited machine generates up to 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The good news is that it doesn’t achieve such impressive power at the expense of efficiency. It gives incredible fuel economy ratings of 25 city MPG and 36 highway MPG.*

While the 2017 Subaru WRX also features a powerful standard engine, it skimps on efficiency. It only offers ratings of 20 city MPG and 27 highway MPG, which is 5 MPG and 9 MPG less than the Volkswagen Golf GTI in each respective category.

Transmission: 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2017 Subaru WRX

With the Volkswagen Golf GTI, you get the excitement and versatility of a Tiptronic automatic transmission. This innovative technology puts manual characteristics at your fingertips by allowing you to override the computer and upshift or downshift via a torque converter. With the selectable Sport mode, you can tighten up the steering and handling for an even more exhilarating drive every time.

The Subaru WRX has a comparable 6-speed manual transmission. But, without the Tiptronic technology, you might not find it as fun to drive.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior vs Subaru WRX: Interior

The iconic design of the Volkswagen Golf GTI sports car ensures that it looks as exciting as it feels. The stylish hatchback rear (with 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space) and the panoramic sunroof contribute to both the interior and exterior. Other exterior features like integrated turn signals on the side mirrors, luminous rear tail lights, and the signature Volkswagen logo really make it pop.

Although the Subaru WRX has several redeeming stylistic qualities, its outside is ultimately lackluster compared to that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

After reading this article, you have a choice: You can either test drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI or the 2017 Subaru WRX. If you’re more interested in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, reach out to us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine. You can call, chat with us on our website, or stop by our showroom.

We’d love to give our customers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach the opportunity to try this sports car. Just contact us today to schedule your Volkswagen Golf GTI test drive.

*2017 EPA estimates not available at time of publication. See for updated information. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle.