Which Athletic Option Best Suits Memphis Drivers? Comparing the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI

The search for a sporty car doesn't have to be all brawn-no brains.  There are plenty of options available for West Memphis or Bartlett drivers to consider when they want something athletic and fun to drive, without feeling the need to flex in front of the mirror at the gym.  Fortunately, the Subaru WRX can fill that void. But how does it rate when compared to a similar vehicle, the Volkswagen GTI?  Jim Keras Subaru in Memphis is proud of the Subaru WRX and wants to show you how it towers over its nearest competitor.


The Subaru WRX gets the edge when it comes to a high-performance engine. It gives West Memphis and Germantown drivers 268 horsepower inside its 2.0-liter Turbocharged Subaru BOXER four-cylinder.  Because it is a Subaru, you can expect standard symmetrical all-wheel drive.  The Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring allows you to tackle even the most winding roads through Bartlett.

The 228-horsepower Turbocharged four-cylinder of the Volkswagen GTI comes with a six-speed automatic transmission but can be upgraded to a seven-speed automatic.  That gives it some nice pick-up.


Driving the Subaru WRX takes safety to a new level.  It was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after earning high marks in all crash tests.  The WRX is equipped with EyeSight Driver assist and loaded with standard features to protect you.  Subaru's StarLink Safety and Security system to contact emergency services in the event of an accident and includes roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recover and remote services.

It is hard to rise up to that amount of protection offered by the Subaru WRX.  But the Volkswagen GTI does its best.  It comes with few standard safety features, like a rearview camera, automatic post-collision braking and rain-sensing wipers.  But most of the safety features you'll find in the Subaru Eyesight package are considered extras in the GTI.


The Subaru WRX is fully stocked with standard infotainment features, thanks to its StarLink infotainment system.  A 6.5-inch touchscreen serves as the nerve center for the Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with two USB ports.  You can upgrade to a larger touchscreen and get navigation and a moonroof in the process.

On the other side of the coin, you have the Volkswagen GTI.  It provides the basics with an intuitive 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.  You can also upgrade to get navigation.  Besides those options it is a no-frills system.

Test Drive the Subaru WRX in Memphis

When you take all of this information, you can tell the Subaru WRX comes out on top in nearly all categories.  Discover these amazing features for yourself at Jim Keras Surbaru in Memphis.  Schedule a test drive and find out what you love about the Subaru WRX.  Talk with our helpful financing specialists and they'll find the plans that fit your budget.  From Memphis to Germantown there is a Subaru WRX for everyone.