2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2016 Audi S3

A hatchback versus a sedan may seem like an odd comparison, but this is because Audi decided to give up the extra cargo space for its S3 in favor of the sleeker profile of a sedan. Still, those who are looking for the ultimate performance model still find themselves debating between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2016 Audi S3, and there’s no question why. Audi is part of the Volkswagen Group, which means smart shoppers often find themselves comparing the features and benefits of this luxury brand, to the traditionally more affordable Volkswagen lineup. In this case, it’s a worthy debate as key specs are awfully similar, if not flat out the same between these two models.

When talking about the Golf R vs S3, easily the most important thing to consider is performance. These models are identical when it comes to the powertrain, each sporting a 2.0-liter turbo four that delivers an impressive 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Even better, all-wheel drive is standard for both, giving a feeling of stability and control in all weather. The part-time systems also remain fuel efficient, which is seen in the fact that each model has almost identical EPA estimates.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2016 Audi S3
$35,650 MSRP $42,500
22 city/31 hwy MPG 23 city/31 hwy
292 Horsepower 2.0T TSI Engine 292 Horsepower 2.0T TFSI
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 10 cu. ft.

Differences between the 2016 VW Golf R and Audi S3

There are so many similarities between the VW Golf R and Audi S3 that it becomes a serious question why anyone would opt for one over the other. The Golf R comes in at nearly $7,000 less than the starting cost of the Audi S3, which is no small amount of pocket change.

Obviously, one thing to consider is the appearance of each model. The Golf R is a performance version of the Golf, increasing upon the benefits of the sporty GTI, but it has a refined style that might hide its value to the world. In other words, buying an Audi S3 brings to the fold the badging and appearances of a luxury car, and therefore some executive-level bragging rights.

Looking at the interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R, you won’t exactly fail to impress friends with premium comfort and features that are on par with other luxury models. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, ambient door-trim lighting, heated front seats, three-mode stability control, keyless access with push-button start and Volkswagen Car-Net with App-Connect.

These may be the most important features, but basics like impressive cargo space are also nice to have when it comes to scaling things back to practical needs. See how you can get a 2016 Volkswagen Golf R when you stop by Findlay North Volkswagen and talk to our friendly staff members.

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