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Audi S3 vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

In comparing the Audi S3 to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Audi S3 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf GTI have the same overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Audi S3 versus the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better car than the Audi S3.

Audi S3 versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi S3 ranges from $39,999 to $47,442 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 Audi S3's price is between $48,579 and $58,047, with the Volkswagen Golf GTI priced between $29,879 and $41,276.

Audi S3 versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf GTI is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Audi S3 being ranked 10 out of 39 Best Luxury Small 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 Audi S3’s base engine makes 306 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI base engine makes 241 horsepower. The S3 is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 464 miles. The Golf GTI is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 422 miles. The S3 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, and trunk space. The Audi S3, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the area of rear leg room. The Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf GTI are comparable in regards to front leg room.

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2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$48,579 - $58,047

Used Asking Price:

$39,999 - $47,442

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.2%

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:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

6.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.3 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 39
19 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

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

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

2.0T quattro Premium, 2.0T quattro Premium Plus, 2.0T quattro Prestige

Trim Levels

Autobahn, S, SE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

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):

5 out of 5 Stars

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:

306 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

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

0.087 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 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

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

23 / 32 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

334 / 464 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:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

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:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

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:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

8.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

86.0 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:

3527 lbs

Width:

78.1 inches

Height:

55.7 inches

Length:

177.3 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

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:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/40R18