When comparing the 2020 Audi A3's and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Audi A3 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Audi A3's and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a better car than the 2020 Audi A3.
2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf Pricing
A used 2020 Audi A3 ranges from $22,980 to $31,994 while a used 2020 Volkswagen Golf is priced between $17,499 to $24,015.
2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Audi A3 loses 48.8 percent of its value and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf loses 40 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Volkswagen Golf retains 8.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Audi A3.
2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A3 is 8.7 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Golf's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Audi A3 being ranked 6 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Volkswagen Golf being ranked 2 out of 28 Best Hatchbacks.
2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Audi A3 is 8.0 out of 10. For the Volkswagen Golf the reliability rating is 8.2 out of 10. This gives the Volkswagen Golf a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Audi A3.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 Audi A3’s base engine makes 184 horsepower, and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf base engine makes 147 horsepower. The A3 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, while the Golf is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon. Both have a highway range of 475 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf 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 cargo space. The 2020 Audi A3 and 2020 Volkswagen Golf are comparable in regards to front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2020 Audi A3 and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.