I have been reading numerous GTI Forums and even GTI junkies on WRX forums to learn that their impression is that the GTI is more refined, or grown up, or mature, and my favorite word they use to describe the GTI is “sophisticated”. Sure the GTI might have that “Apple” iPad feel to it inside with the Italian design steering wheel and cool blue dash lights. Why blue lights when it has been proven that the best lights for night vision is amber/red in regards to reading instrument panels? It seems to me that the GTI has gravitated to the “Liberal” College Grad crowd worried about fitting in with their wine tasting friends who all sport the latest and greatest Apple products. Could it be that VW with the Tourag and a history of luring hippies be a product of perception that the GTI is Sophisticated?
In my opinion the Subaru is truly the winner in the mature and sophisticated area. The GTI sports an inline 4 cylinder engine that is the same technology design that can be found in a $9k KIA. What is so “sophisticated” about an inline 4 banger? Why is it that Honda can produce the same HP numbers as the GTI with their inline 4 cylinder, but VW can only achieve those numbers with a TURBO? Let’s see WRX HP = 265, GTI = 200. Hmmm, which one is more sophisticated now? Ok, back to the inline 4 cylinder topic. The WRX is a Boxer motor with the same technological designs one can find in airplanes and my favorite; Porsche. The boxer motor provides lower center of gravity and the opposing cylinders provide a smooth firing of those cylinders. Who else uses Boxer motors; BMW – motorcycles. If inline 4 cylinders are so awesome how come Porsche is not using them in their 911? So which is more sophisticated?
Next on my rant is the drive train. The GTI is front wheel drive and again the same technology one can find on that $9k KIA. Is that really sophisticated? Subaru sports all wheel drive the same technology one can find on a Porsche, BWM 335XI, Volvo, Mercedes, Acura TL-H, Audi and even the $1.4M Bugatti Veyron. So which car is more refined, more mature, and dare I say again, more sophisticated?
To end my rant there are arguments to GTI’s interior quality, 6sp and overall drivability. WRX owners may not be able to fix our interior quality, but everything else including a 6sp can be resolved via aftermarket including that Italian design steering wheel! You better find an engineer, welder, mechanic guru if you want to put a boxer engine with all wheel drive in your GTI. So if the GTI is truly more sophisticated then why is it using the same technology found in a $9k Kia, yet the WRX is using technology found in a $140k Porsche?