Compare 2019 Audi A3 vs 2019 Volkswagen Golf

2019 Audi A3
2019 Volkswagen Golf
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Premium 40 TFSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Convertible Premium 40 TFSI 26 35 $36,568 $38,900
A3 Convertible Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $39,200 $41,700
A3 Convertible Premium Plus 40 TFSI 26 35 $36,568 $38,900
A3 Convertible Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $39,200 $41,700
A3 Convertible Prestige 40 TFSI 26 35 $36,568 $38,900
A3 Convertible Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $39,200 $41,700
A3 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI 26 35 $30,552 $32,500
A3 Sedan Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $33,464 $35,600
A3 Sedan Premium Plus 40 TFSI 26 35 $30,552 $32,500
A3 Sedan Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $33,464 $35,600
A3 Sedan Prestige 40 TFSI 26 35 $30,552 $32,500
A3 Sedan Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $33,464 $35,600
A3 Sedan Titanium Premium 40 TFSI 26 35 $31,304 $33,300
RS 3 2.5 TFSI 19 28 $52,828 $56,200
S3 Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $41,832 $44,500
S3 Prestige 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $41,832 $44,500
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T S Automatic 29 37 $22,027 $22,945
Golf 1.4T S Manual 29 37 $20,971 $21,845
Golf 1.4T SE Automatic 29 37 $24,236 $25,245
Golf 1.4T SE Manual 29 37 $23,179 $24,145
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $26,875 $27,995
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $25,819 $26,895
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $30,331 $31,595
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $29,275 $30,495
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,651 $36,095
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL Manual 21 30 $33,595 $34,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 25 31 $35,611 $37,095
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $34,555 $35,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition DSG 25 31 $28,795 $29,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition Manual 24 32 $27,739 $28,895
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 25 31 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $26,492 $27,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 25 31 $31,579 $32,895
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,523 $31,795
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $39,835 $41,495
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,779 $40,395
Golf SportWagen 1.4T S Automatic N/A N/A $22,075 $22,995
Golf SportWagen 1.4T S Manual N/A N/A $21,019 $21,895
Golf SportWagen 1.4T SE Automatic N/A N/A $28,795 $29,995
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,474 $25,495
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $23,419 $24,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,568
$22,027
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,900
$22,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$648 / month
$382 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry point to luxury sedan ownership with few drawbacks. The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.7 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.6
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
174.1 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 53.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3439 3023
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 15 X 6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
320 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 1600 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 4300 147 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 37
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 4.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.75 2.97
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 1.47
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.77 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.95
Trans Type
7 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.64 0.81
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Cabriolet Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Cabriolet Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 5.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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