Volkswagen GTI vs Subaru WRX

If you’re searching for used VW dealerships in Illinois in hopes of finding a car that is small but packs a sizable performance punch, you’re going to want to learn more about the Volkswagen GTI and its class rival, the Subaru WRX. You’ve probably seen one (or both) of these cars whizzing around city streets in an action movie but that doesn’t mean they’ll break the bank, especially if you come into Hawk Auto, a used VW dealership in Illinois, to buy one of these as a certified pre-owned vehicle.


Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI

The GTI is a sporty, extremely compact car that you’ll surely have fun driving. Whichever model year you find at a used VW dealership in Illinois, you can count on the GTI’s stylish looks and fantastic performance.



As mentioned, the GTI has a sporty exterior yet it retains the classic look of a Volkswagen. And the GTI manages to look cool even with the convenience of having four doors for easy entry. Also, it has a hatchback body style which makes for easy loading into the cargo space in the back.


The GTI’s interior is anything but an afterthought for the designers at Volkswagen. You’ll find an infotainment system with all the bells and whistles including Apple/Android compatibility and comfortable seating. It’s also worth noting that despite its diminutive size, there’s plenty of legroom and trunk space thanks to the hatchback body style.


The GTI packs a punch with an engine that puts out well over 200 horsepower, regardless of the model year that you choose. And despite this power, you don’t have to sacrifice on fuel economy. Whichever model you choose, you can expect your GTI to get at least 20 mpg in the city and closer to 30 mpg on the highway.

Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

Inspired by a rally car, the Subaru WRX, though it hasn’t been around for a particularly long time, has become an instant classic for drivers seeking a fun-to-drive, compact car.



The WRX’s exterior is unmistakably distinctive. Its sporty design has plenty of character and edgy style. Several models of the WRX also come with a rear spoiler, though depending on the year, it may be more or less pronounced. The newest models are available in the classic blue pearl color as well as gray, silver, red, white, and black.


Most models of the WRX are fairly bare-bones, especially compared to other compact cars. This is because Subaru has made a point to keep the WRX true to its roots as a performance vehicle. Still, the WRX does have a modern infotainment system and its interior is made with quality materials though the WRX has less storage space than other cars in its class like the GTI.


It’s hard to beat the fun you’ll have driving the WRX. Depending on the model you choose, horsepower will range between the high 200s and low 300s. You can expect fuel economy of about 20 mpg in the city and the high 20s on the highway.

Whichever you choose, the GTI or WRX, try them both at Hawk Auto.

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