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2020 Audi S3 2.0T quattro Premium AWD
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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

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2020 Audi S3
2.0T quattro Premium AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$46,997
4 listings nationwide

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2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,859
40 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Audi S3
2.0T quattro Premium AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

The Audi S3 is a subcompact sedan that sits at the top of the brand’s A3 model line. With plenty of visual and performance enhancements, the S3 is an interesting take on an otherwise p...

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

Volkswagen introduces a number of changes to keep the Golf R fresh for 2019. Exclusive styling elements for the 2019 Golf R include new 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers with...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Audi S3
2.0T quattro Premium AWD
No User Reviews
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
GuruSNZLZ writes:
Good at all..just not the best.
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Ford Focus ST worse.
"The all wheel drive is the cherry on top. This car will get you home in any situation."
Guru14LVR writes:
Power Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Power "
Handling Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Handling "
DviusMusic writes:
Front Seats Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"Napa Leather."
Would Buy Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"All the added options like AWD and Leather and the warranty makes it worth the extra $7,000 or so"

Specs

2020 Audi S3
2.0T quattro Premium AWD
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
22 MPG
21 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
29 MPG
29 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14.5 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
288 hp @ 1,900 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
Torque
280 lb-ft @ 5,400 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.3:1
9.6:1
9.6:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 4 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 41.2 in
Back Legroom 35.1 in 35.6 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 10 cu ft 22.8 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,102 lbs 959 lbs
Exterior
Length 175.8 in 168.4 in
Width 77.2 in 70.8 in
Height 54.8 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 103.5 in

Available Options

2020 Audi S3
2.0T quattro Premium AWD
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD

Exterior Colors

  • 91 Blue
  • Anthracite Metallic
  • Azure Blue Pearl
  • Bordeaux Red Pearl
  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Green
  • Cliff Green
  • Copper Orange Metallic
  • Curry Yellow
  • Dark Burgundy Pearl
  • Dark Violet Pearl
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Dust Gray
  • FUTURA Yellow Metallic
  • GINSTER Yellow
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Hot Chili Pearl
  • Ice Blue
  • Indium Gray Metallic
  • Inky Blue Pearl
  • Irish Green
  • Jazz Blue Pearl
  • Lapiz Blue Metallic
  • Magma Orange
  • Mars Red
  • Mocha Anthracite Metallic
  • Moss Green Metallic
  • Mystic Blue Pearl
  • NOGARO Blue Pearl
  • Oryx White Pearl
  • Oxide Red
  • Prussian Blue Metallic
  • Racing Green
  • Raspberry Red
  • Reseda Green
  • SARANTOS TURQOUISE
  • Slate Gray
  • Squirrel Gray
  • Star Blue Metallic
  • TNT Orange
  • Techno Blue Pearl
  • Tornado Red
  • Traffic Purple
  • Violet Touch Pearl
  • Viper Green Metallic

Option Packages

  • VW SPEKTRUM

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