Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Subaru Impreza WRX Comparison Review |CarAdvice

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Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Subaru WRX Comparison Review

The battle for supremacy

Models Tested:

Subaru Impreza WRX, 2.5-litre, manual, hatch – $39,990*

Volkswagen Golf GTI; four-cylinder turbocharged; six-speed five-door – $42,990*


Leather sunroof $2500


Adaptive Chassis $1,500; RNS510 with Excite $3,500; Vienna Upholstery $3,300

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you think of the original hot hatch, car springs to mind? Naturally, be the Volkswagen Golf GTI. As the went by, it got more powerful and luxurious, but it also got fatter and as a result. Then the Mark V along and reinstated itself as a hot-hatch for under $50,000.

The VI is more of the same, except quicker, nicer inside and better handling.

A Japanese has also been making an over the years, appealing to who want a genuinely quick especially with its MY09 upgrade. Yes, the Subaru WRX is also a cult-classic, and with reason. Brilliant acceleration, grip, solid build it adds up to a formidable package, just so happens to sit in the same and at a very similar price-point to the

A head to head comparison, was just what the doctor They#8217;re both sped-up, performance versions of run-of-the-mill that each have and each will put a smile on dial. The problem is, which one you choose?

The #8220;if it ain#8217;t don#8217;t fix it#8221; mantra to the Golf. Essentially, the sheetmetal and have been restyled, but there#8217;s plenty of carryover and bobs. The thing is, though, it like a different car to the Mark V. It may be the engine, which now makes and 280Nm; yes the torque may be the same, but it in 100rpm earlier (1700rpm).

Or it could be the addition of adaptive control, which is a $1500 but one that actually does it#8217;s supposed to, rather just making a jittery without imbuing better Whatever the reason, the Mark VI is a better car than its predecessor.

was universal criticism when launched its current-shaped WRX. on internet sites worldwide the Impreza#8217;s styling, and although been with us for a while you still have to swallow to digest it. That said, it one of the best bang-for-buck chassis and packages around, which that you tend to overlook its

But as a car, can you live with it day?

For the most part, The seats in the WRX are shapely, well and while the fronts aren#8217;t as bolstered as the GTI (which really you in place), the rear seats are more comfortable than the ironing-board-flat pews. If you took the fronts and the Impreza#8217;s rears, have the perfect combination.

The position in the Golf is also adjustable, with plenty of available on both the seats and the wheel. The Impreza, by contrast, quite have enough adjustment for the wheel. Even your seat is in its lowest you still feel as if the steering sits more in your with the gear-lever also tall, unlike the Golf#8217;s and slightly set back shift-stick, if with manual.

Thankfully the pedals on both are to the footwell, with the Impreza#8217;s slightly easier to heel-and-toe, due to the floor hinged accelerator.

The on the Golf are grabbier than the but can sustain repeated punishment. The cannot. On the run through our test a snaking, undulating piece of the Subi#8217;s brakes started out hauling up with plenty of and progression.

By run four, however, were smoking and once run had concluded and we were parked up, had lost all ability and the pedal to the floor. Volkswagen#8217;s brake smelled, for sure, but remained and felt as if you could do it all day. For the potential of the WRX, the pad compound is inadequate.

That potential courtesy of a 2.5-litre, horizontally turb0charged, four cylinder, puts out 195kW and 343Nm, the GTI#8217;s outputs. It shows, with the GTI doing the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds and the WRX in a staggering 5.3 But the numbers only tell the story.

You see, if you were laps of the same track, the would romp away at the leaving the Golf in its wake#8230;until its failed. After five or six the Subaru would have up completely and the Volkswagen turtle walk straight past it, with its effortless acceleration, handling and fade-free brakes.

will handle corners too, with the entry on the Impreza really impressing. both our test-drivers thought the Golf had more grip despite its front-wheel-drive chassis. meant that the Impreza dive into the corner and faster, but the Golf would catchup if the bend was sustained for any of time.

Of course, the WRX would also out earlier and faster, too, it an ultimately quicker lap time.

in on the Subaru is exceptional, with feel and weight through the but as you reach the middle of the corner, it to lighten up and lose feedback, is exactly where the Golf’s comes alive. The GTI’s isn’t quite as communicative … centre and a few degrees (where it#8217;s weighted but a bit numb), however when lock is applied, you begin to more and more involved.

It into its stance with a lack of body roll and hangs on, giving you seat-of-the-pants and feedback in spades, begging you to it just that bit harder. knowledge of front-wheel-drive dynamics and resultant power-on understeer is the thing holding you back. The however has higher real-world yet belies these with a of roll when turning in.

a result of its fantastic ride, the GTI achieves by resorting to using its adaptive chassis control

Ultimately, the WRX#8217;s ride is in all situations, not suffering from the hard-edge damping which up on small creases and cracks in the yet the GTI#8217;s ride in Comfort is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, the is very pleasant, but when to Sport takes on the track stance of high grip/tight with quick sharp movements and an almost Evo-like Normal is the third in-between which, if we#8217;re honest, is too for every day, but too soft for around quickly, which it#8217;s the two extremes of the ACC which the best.

The Golf#8217;s DSG #8211; as fitted to our car #8211; also trumps the manual gearbox (Subaru offer a self-shifter for the WRX) in it shifts quicker and produces a #8220;whump#8221; from the exhaust you shift up. It also blips the for a nice bark on downshifts. The though take a little of your palms to reach and are a bit

If we#8217;re being picky, be nice to see larger, more paddles which are easier to get to in motoring.

But these cars are not about performance #8211; that is a fair chunk of focus #8211; which us to practicality. It#8217;s all well and to have a stripped out road but to live with it day to day is the real And that#8217;s where these come into their

They give you the thrills giving you the chills, as they#8217;ve based on practical, no-nonsense But has the boost in fun made them

To look at, the Subaru is fairly Acres of cheap, dark, plastic contrast with the soft-touch, impeccably built The WRX misses out on the GTI#8217;s neat like the metal bordering the the fingertip metal accents on the and mirror switches, and the #8211; no other word for it #8211; steering wheel with its bottom, perforated leather and spokes.

The Volkswagen wins the and quality contest, no doubt.

But the in the Golf is very short, and it#8217;s a tad taller than the it#8217;s nowhere near as The WRX#8217;s rear seats fold down to produce a flat load area, the GTI#8217;s stepped load which cuts into room. The GTI counters with an to those who have very children #8211; the anchor for child/baby seats are on the back of the seats.

You see, the WRX#8217;s anchor are at the rear of the car, under the bottom lip, meaning the strap extends right the boot, effectively cutting the room (by a third) you#8217;d be your pram in.

Both have six cupholders, both have similar amounts of and width, and although the Golf has headroom in the back, as mentioned the Impreza#8217;s rear seats are a place to spend time due to comfort. NVH levels seem to be in the WRX, with a lot less noise coming through the and with its better ride, is more passenger friendly.

when you shut the doors you really get a feel for the cars. The GTI shuts with a solid unlike the tinny, rattly WRX, which sounds by comparison. There#8217;s a decent to the GTI that makes it seem more expensive than the and running your hands the interior, you can feel the difference in

For some, that will be the breaker.

For others, it#8217;ll be the acceleration offered by the WRX. a fair bit of lag, but once wound up, from around it hauls like there#8217;s no unlike the GTI with its lag-free Which sums up the cars,

Although they#8217;re priced they have two different of invoking smiles.

The Impreza focus is more about its all-wheel-drive grip and flying in and out of with the interior an afterthought. The GTI is about quality and finish, still delivering an engaging Both have practical and both allow you to keep and family as company on your

You have to think about that you#8217;re going to be with from day to day. is fun for a time, but you#8217;ll never get with quality. While the WRX is an package, the GTI is the more complete

Sure, it#8217;s slightly to buy outright (in DSG guise), and the options are but you do get what you pay for. The Golf GTI offers thrills, but you#8217;ll regret hopping into the each time you want to go

Volkswagen#8217;s hot hatch still supreme.

Engine: 2457cc four-cylinder (16 valve)

Power: @ 6000rpm

Torque: 343Nm @

Induction: Multi-Point Turbocharged

Five-speed manual

Driven All

Brakes: Discs with ABS EBD

Top 209km/h

0-100km/h: 5.3 seconds

CO2 247g/km (Combined)

Fuel 10.4 litres/100km (ADR

Fuel Consumption: 13.3 (as tested)

Fuel Tank 60 litres

Fuel Type: petrol

ANCAP Rating: star

Airbags: Dual side curtain

Safety: ESP Start Assist

Spare Space saver

Suspension: (F) / twin wishbone (R)

Cargo 420 litres

Tow Capacity: 1200kg

Turning Circle: 10.8

Warranty: 3-years/Unlimited kilometres

1410kg (Tare)

Wheels: 17 x 7.0-inch

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