Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Audi A3

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI


Are you looking for an efficient car with all the bells and whistles to make your ride through Rancho Santa Margarita and Garden Grove a success? If so, you may be considering the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Audi A3 for your next new ride.

Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine has put together this Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 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!  Contact us today for more information.


Infotainment Features

You can turn to the VW Golf GTI and A3 for premium infotainment, each of which sports an infotainment system with the standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. You can use these features to send texts from your phone or access your music library while you’re on the go.

The VW Golf GTI adds a third route to phone connectivity that you won’t find in the A3: MirrorLink®. MirrorLink® also allows you to play your music through your VW Golf GTI, access smartphone navigation, and other phone apps.

With all those options, there’s sure to be one just for you. The VW Golf GTI touchscreen interface measures 6.5 inches on the base trim, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch version.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI PerformancePerformance Specs

The Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Audi A3 both use 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engines in their base trims. The VW Golf GTI produces up to 228 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 184 horsepower.

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

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Audi A3: Roomy Interiors

When it comes to cabin spaciousness, the Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. Audi 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 VW Golf GTI will find 35.6 inches of legroom, and those in the A3 will get 35.1 inches.

However, head back to the cargo area, and you’ll find that the VW Golf GTI has more storage space. Its 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat is plenty for carrying your groceries and luggage. If you don’t want to lower the rear seats, your maximum cargo capacity rises to 52.7 cubic feet.

The A3 gets just 12.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which may be enough for a couple of luggage rollers, but not much else.

Safety & Driver-Assist Features

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Safety

Both the Audi A3 and the VW Golf GTI have plenty of safety and driver-assist systems to make your driving experience safer and better while you’re on the road. Some features that both the Audi A3 and the VW Golf GTI have in common are:

  • Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking—Your car keeps an eye on the vehicle in front of you. If it stops suddenly or a collision becomes unavoidable, the system will warn you and apply the brakes if needed.
  • Standard Rearview Camera—Use this camera to help you back into a parking spot or out of your driveway. You can see obstacles behind your vehicle through your infotainment screen.

The VW Golf GTI takes safety seriously and one step further than this suite of driver-assist and safety features. It has a feature called Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. After an accident has happened, your VW Golf GTI applies the brakes, so you don’t hit anything else, unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump, and turns on the hazard lights to prevent another possible accident.

Crash Test Ratings

To give you a better idea of how the VW Golf GTI and the Audi A3 perform in a crash, we will take you through their NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Crash Test Ratings. The rating is one through five stars, five being the best. The vehicles go through three different styles of tests: frontal crash tests, side crash tests, and a rollover crash test.

The 2020 Audi A3 got a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. On the frontal crash tests, the A3 scored 4/5 stars, the side crash tests scored 5/5, and the rollover test scored 4/5. Overall, the Audi A3 scored well.

The 2020 VW Golf GTI also got a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. In fact, the tests for the VW Golf GTI run very similarly to the Audi A3, with the 4/5 overall front crash test rating, 5/5 side crash test rating, and 4/5 rollover crash test rating!

Test Drive The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Today!Overall Brand Dependability

In addition to vehicle safety tests, we want to give you a sense of the overall brand dependability for the year for both Volkswagen and Audi. Every year, J.D. Power performs a vehicle dependability study which studies how many problems per brand come up per 100 vehicles. This gives you an idea of an overall brand’s dependability and an overview of how their cars might do because of this dependability rating.

The industry average in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study was 134 problems per 100 vehicles. How did Audi and Volkswagen rank up? Audi, as a brand, hit just above the industry average with 136 pp. Volkswagen did better, as one of the brands that ranked best, with only 116 pp. Overall, this means Volkswagen was more dependable.


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

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

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


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