Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Audi A3 Sportback Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$38,521
14 listings nationwide

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2018 Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron 1.4T Premium FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$31,943
45 listings nationwide
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10 GOOD deals

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Now in its last year of production before a major makeover, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI five-door hatchback embodies the benefits (and drawbacks) of the hot hatch formula. The quick, ...

2018 Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron 1.4T Premium FWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

People shopping for a 2018 Audi A3 have multiple choices: front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, two-door convertible, and four-door sedan. But what about those looking for a hybrid? Driv...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 8
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
GuruJ11M4 writes:
Plush but expensive
Looks/Style Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD worse.
"Value"
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD better.
"More room"
2018 Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron 1.4T Premium FWD
GuruT5L48 writes:
Power Ranked 2018 Honda Accord worse.
"eeak"
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Honda Accord worse.
"weak"

Specs

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
2018 Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron 1.4T Premium FWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
24 MPG
34 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
30 MPG
32 MPG
39 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 10.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
204 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
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Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.6:1
9.6:1
10:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
1,400 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
2.93 in x 3.15 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Rollover 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard 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 35.6 in 35.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 17.4 cu ft 13.6 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 1,080 lbs
Exterior
Length 168 in 169.7 in
Width 70.8 in 77.4 in
Height 57.8 in 56.1 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 103.5 in

Available Options

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Cornflower Blue
  • Dark Iron Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure White
  • Tornado Red
  • White Silver Metallic
2018 Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron 1.4T Premium FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Black
  • Cosmos Blue Metallic
  • FLORETT Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Nano Gray Metallic
  • Tango Red Metallic

Option Packages

  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System
  • Sport Package

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