Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Subaru BRZ VS 2016 Volkswagen GTI Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Subaru BRZ

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2016 Volkswagen GTI

Safety Comparison

The BRZ has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GTI doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the BRZ and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Subaru BRZ is safer than the Volkswagen GTI:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

263 lbs.

352 lbs.

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

53 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the BRZ’s reliability will be 9% better than the GTI.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Subaru vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Subaru 19th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the BRZ lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The GTI doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the BRZ Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GTI Auto with its standard engine (25 city/34 hwy vs. 25 city/33 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The BRZ’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GTI are solid, not vented.

Chassis Comparison

The Subaru BRZ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Volkswagen GTI.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the BRZ offers cargo security. The GTI’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The BRZ has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The GTI has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Autobahn.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Subaru BRZ and the Volkswagen GTI, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2015 issue and they ranked the Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue higher than the Volkswagen GTI S 2dr.

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