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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2019. -
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2020. -
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4284 mm
1789 mm
1456 mm
380 liters
1237 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4343 mm
1816 mm
1449 mm
380 liters
1200 liters
50 liters
2019 Volkswagen Golf
2020 Audi A3 Sportback

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TDI
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
115 hp
280 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
115 hp
280 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1380 kg
10.2 s
202 km/h
4.0 l/100km
3.2 l/100km
3.5 l/100km
91 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1420 kg
10.1 s
206 km/h
3.9 l/100km
3.2 l/100km
3.5 l/100km
92 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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km/h
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l/100km
l/100km
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Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

22600 EUR
Price from
30000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Not only that they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 5-door hatchback body style, they are even powered by the same Volkswagen-developed diesel engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

Safety

The fact that the Volkswagen got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Audi A3 offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Volkswagen does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Volkswagen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Audi badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 206 kilometers per hour, 4km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 3.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (81 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Volkswagen appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Golf beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Volkswagen. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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