Road Tests Real world tests of Golf GTI vs Impreza WRX


Golf GTI
6.6 s
Impreza WRX
4.6 s

Top speed

Golf GTI
130 mph
Impreza WRX
142 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Golf GTI

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Golf GTI

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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the Volkswagen Golf GTI vs the Subaru Impreza WRX.

Front view of Subaru Impreza WRX

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza WRX

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A lot faster to 60mph 4.6 s vs 6.6 s More than 30% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 142 mph vs 130 mph 12 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Slightly better power-to-weight ratio 15.04 lb/hp vs 15.95 lb/hp More than 5% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Golf GTI  vs
Impreza WRX 
Brand Volkswagen Subaru
Price 23,890 21,084
Year 2009 2001

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.95 lb/hp 15.04 lb/hp
Maximum hp 206 HP @ 5,300 RPM 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Maximum torque 206 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,984 cc 2,000 cc
Compression ratio 9.6:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.2 in / 3.7 in 3.62 in / 2.95 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Golf GTI  vs
Impreza WRX 
Top speed 130 mph 142 mph
0-60mph 6.6 s 4.6 s


Drivetrain FWD Front Engine / 4WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 5

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,285 lb 3,234 lb
Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Subaru Impreza WRX
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