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Audi S3 vs. Volkswagen Golf R

When we compare the Audi S3 to the Volkswagen Golf R, the Audi S3 has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Golf R has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Audi S3 versus the Volkswagen Golf R, the Volkswagen Golf R is a better car than the Audi S3.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi S3’s base engine makes 306 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf R base engine makes 315 horsepower. The S3 is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 464 miles. The Golf R is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 406 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Volkswagen Golf R, 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 R are comparable in regards to front leg room.

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2023 Volkswagen Golf R

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:

-

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.2%

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:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 39
19 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

18 / 51
25 / 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

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

2.0T 4Motion

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:

315 hp @ 5900 rpm

Torque:

280 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

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

0.093 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:

AWD

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

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

290 / 406 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium 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:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Standard

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

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:

37.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.2 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:

3404 lbs

Width:

70.4 inches

Height:

57.7 inches

Length:

168.9 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 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:

19.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

polished alloy

Tire Size:

P235/35R19