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2008. - 2012.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front
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Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2008. - 2012.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4292 mm
1765 mm
1423 mm
370 liters
1100 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4534 mm
1781 mm
1504 mm
505 liters
1495 liters
55 liters
2008 Audi A3 Sportback
2008 Volkswagen Golf Variant

Engine

Volkswagen
1.6 TDI CAYC
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
105 hp
250 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
1.6 TDI CAYC
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
105 hp
250 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1320 kg
11.7 s
194 km/h
4.8 l/100km
3.4 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
102 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1352 kg
11.9 s
190 km/h
5.2 l/100km
3.6 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
109 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1320 kg
11.7 s
194 km/h
5.1 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
4.2 l/100km
112 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1366 kg
11.9 s
190 km/h
4.9 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
113 g/km

Expenses

4600 EUR
Price from
4400 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 wagon 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 first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Volkswagen being a slightly better choice apparently. 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Golf offers a marginal difference of 2% 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, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi, as well as Volkswagen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A3 as average reliability-wise, and Golf is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 194 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 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (70 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 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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 more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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