VW Golf vs Audi A3 2016
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VW Golf vs Audi A3 2016

Introduction

We’re comparing the new 1.0 TSI 115PS 6spd variant in the Golf Mk7 and latest ‘New’ Audi A3 Sportback as at 23rd June 2016. Often it’s claimed the Audi A3 is more expensive than a comparable Golf, so here we will see if this is true!

Vehicle Comparison

Both cars are classified as small family cars (with very similar external dimensions), utilise the VAG ‘MQB’ platform and most of the underpinnings (including key things such as engines) are the same. External dimensions and boot capacity is almost identical. Weight wise, the Audi weighs 1150kg whilst the Golf is more heavy at 1211kg – however the 0-60 time is identical for both cars at 9.7s. Some of the key differences are the exterior and interior styling – the Audi in particular is more ‘minimalist’ and perceived by some to be better quality.

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Price Comparison

The cheapest Golf with this engine is the Golf Match BlueMotion Edition at £20,760. Cheapest A3 is the SE at £19,300. So the Audi A3 looks like it is cheaper as standard, but equipment levels differ, so we need to make these as close as we can for a fair comparison.

To keep the comparison as close as possible, we have gone for standard non-metallic paint on both cars. For the Golf this is Urano Grey and on the Audi you can have either Brilliant Black or Ibis White. On both cars we selected the standard 16″ alloy wheels and standard cloth interior.

Equipment wise, the Audi comes with one big difference – Xenon headlights as standard and the Golf doesn’t. So these need to be added on to the Golf – cost £820. There are a number of other differences and the table below details these.

 Audi A3VW Golf Mk7
Base price£19,300£20,760
Xenon headlightsStandard£820
Auto-dimming read-view mirror£125Standard
Door mirrors (folding)£200Standard
Navigation£495Standard
Rear parking sensors£425 (front not available)Standard (and front too)
Car-net app-connect / Smartphone interfaceStandard£125
Multifunction colour display / Colour DISStandard£135
Total options£1,245£1,080
Total cost£20,545£21,840

So the Audi A3 comes out at a total of £20,545 and Golf at £21,840, for as close as possible match equipment wise.

There is one thing the Audi comes with as standard that isn’t available on the Golf – LED daytime running lights (DLR). These are not an option available on this Golf variant.

The Golf comes with a few things as standard which aren’t available on the Audi:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Front fog lights
  • Regenerative braking (one of the reasons the Golf has higher MPG than than the Audi)

So in summary the Golf costs £1,295 more than the Audi A3. The Golf does come with front parking sensors, front fog lights and regenerative braking. But doesn’t have the LED daytime running lights. Factoring in the lack of DLRs, £1,295 for sensors, fog lights and regenerative braking is excessive.

Therefore the conclusion is that for the 1.0 TSI 115PS 6spd engine, the VW Golf Mk7 is comparatively slightly more expensive than the Audi A3 Sportback.

NOTE: This comparison is based on prices as of 23rd June 2016, with the equipment comparison done as accurately as possible. Price differences for other engine and trim combinations may differ.

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