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Subaru BRZ vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

When we compare the Subaru BRZ to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Subaru BRZ has the advantage in the area of new vehicle base pricing The Volkswagen Golf GTI has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Subaru BRZ versus the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better car than the Subaru BRZ.

Subaru BRZ versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru BRZ ranges from $29,080 to $35,996 while a used Volkswagen Golf GTI from the same model year range is priced between $26,588 to $34,995. For a new model, the Subaru BRZ's price is between $29,217 and $34,294, with the Volkswagen Golf GTI priced between $29,879 and $41,276.

Subaru BRZ versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Subaru BRZ is 7.8 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Golf GTI's quality rating is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Subaru BRZ being ranked 5 out of 14 Best Sports Cars and the Volkswagen Golf GTI being ranked 9 out of 51 Best Small Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru BRZ’s base engine makes 228 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI base engine makes 241 horsepower. The BRZ is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 356 miles. The Golf GTI is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 422 miles. The BRZ uses premium unleaded, and the Golf GTI uses regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Volkswagen Golf GTI, a compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Subaru BRZ, a sports car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

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2023 Subaru BRZ

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,217 - $34,294

Used Asking Price:

$29,080 - $35,996

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

28.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,879 - $41,276

Used Asking Price:

$26,588 - $34,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

7.9 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.3 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 14
5 / 14
8 / 14

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 51
9 / 51
18 / 51
24 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Coupe

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Premium, Limited

Trim Levels

Autobahn, S, SE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

228 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 3700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.081 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

241 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.077 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

264 / 356 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

23 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 422 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

53.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

29.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

51.7 inches

Cargo Space:

6.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

83.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

19.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2815 lbs

Width:

69.9 inches

Height:

51.6 inches

Length:

167.9 inches

Wheelbase:

101.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.1 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3133 lbs

Width:

70.4 inches

Height:

57.6 inches

Length:

168.8 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

215/45R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/40R18