2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Audi A3

Looking for an efficient car with all the bells and whistles to make your ride through Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach a success? If so, you may be considering the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback or 2018 Audi A3 luxury small car for your next new ride.

Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine has put together this 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Audi A3 car comparison to help you weigh the merits of these two exciting options. Give it a read to help you decide which car has more of the features you’re looking for!

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VW Golf GTI vs Audi A3: Infotainment Features

For premium infotainment, you can turn to the 2018 Golf GTI and 2018 A3, each of which sports a media system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ availability. You can use these features to send texts from your phone or access your music library while you’re on the go. But, while they come standard on the GTI, you’ll have to upgrade to get them on A3.

The Golf GTI adds a third route to phone connectivity that you won’t find in the A3: MirrorLink®. With all those options, there’s sure to be one just for you. The GTI touchscreen interface measures 6.5 inches on the base trim, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch version, which gives you more swipe capacity than the A3’s single 7-inch touchscreen.

Performance Specs

The VW Golf GTI and the Audi A3 both use 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engines in their base trims. The GTI produces up to 220 horsepower for a powerful boost when you’re trying to accelerate from a stop sign/red light or merge with faster traffic. The A3’s base engine has plenty of power, but it’s not quite on the same level, delivering just 186 horses.

Test drivers of the GTI and A3 report sharp and dynamic handling, combined with precise steering, in both cars. You can select from several different drive modes (Normal, Sport, and Individual in the GTI; Comfort, Dynamic, Auto, and Individual in the A3) to customize the feel and style of your ride.

Roomy Interiors

When it comes to cabin spaciousness, the 2018 Golf GTI and 2018 A3 measure up well. In the front seats, both cars offer a generous 41.2 inches of legroom, so even tall drivers and riders will feel at home. In the rear, passengers in the GTI will find 35.6 inches of legroom and those in the A3 will get 35.1 inches.

Head back to the cargo area, however, and you’ll find that the GTI has more storage space. Its 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat is plenty for carrying your groceries and luggage. The A3 gets just 12.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which may be enough for a couple luggage rollers, but not much else.  

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Audi A3: Which Will You Choose?

Was our 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Audi A3 comparison useful to you? If it’s firsthand experience you’re looking for, feel free to schedule a test drive of the 2018 VW Golf GTI at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine.

These are both strong contenders, but we think drivers near Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach will appreciate the technology, performance, and cargo capacity of the Golf GTI. Test drive it to decide for yourself!

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