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VW Golf R vs Audi S3 2018 - find out which is the best | Head-to-Head

Published on May 5, 2018 622,903 views

Looking for the ultimate German hot hatchback comparison? Look no further... The Golf R and Audi S3 are two of the best hatchbacks on the market, but which one stands out more? Check out my latest head to head to find out the result, and let me know which you'd prefer in the comments!

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  • e2k
    e2k 10 месяцев назад Why don’t you for once just get both in auto? Not really a comparison..
  • TheRealTanSeeker
    TheRealTanSeeker 10 месяцев назад e2k I know, right? So many car vids are doing manuals vs auto... Absolute waste of time for a serious comparison. Probably a deliberate tactic to prevent any real criticisms...
  • Peter Piper
    Peter Piper 6 месяцев назад @TheRealTanSeeker Because that's how they come as standard. It's not like the conclusion would be any different. The Golf would be slightly faster in a drag race, but slightly less fun and involving to drive, so he'd still choose the Audi.
  • one bald man
    one bald man 3 месяца назад the s3 doesn’t come in manuel, he said it in the video
  • ImperialGoldfish
    ImperialGoldfish 2 месяца назад @TheRealTanSeeker No. It's actually pretty obvious, if you've watched the video. The main advantage of the Golf is its more engaging drive, which is provided by its manual gearbox. The main advantage of the S3 is its smoother, more comfortable everyday experience. Therefore, it makes sense to compare the two cars at their best, since this is how he recommends that they should be bought. The automatic Golf R is not good value, since it compromises the main strength of the vehicle without providing the luxury of the Audi.
  • Rob Kliskey
    Rob Kliskey 10 месяцев назад I'm having a case of deja vu.... Is this a reupload?
  • Elliot 1234
    Elliot 1234 10 месяцев назад Rob Kliskey same here!!!!!!
  • Zeruel82Mk2
    Zeruel82Mk2 10 месяцев назад The drag race part is taken from another video, but the rest of the video is new.
  • Yumeitoアルジュン
    Yumeitoアルジュン 10 месяцев назад eurobeat intensifies
  • TheHolydruid
    TheHolydruid 10 месяцев назад I was like: deja vu I've been in this place before
  • Lox Lover
    Lox Lover 10 месяцев назад I literally just posted the same statement, pretty much with those same exact words.
  • Ravensclawed
    Ravensclawed 10 месяцев назад Deja vu is common with Audi's and Golfs as they always look the same
  • Ben Potgieter
    Ben Potgieter 10 месяцев назад We’ve seen this... Conjunction of the spheres?
  • Randi Eriko
    Randi Eriko 10 месяцев назад I think so, im experiencing deja vu too.
  • Thomas Lörinczi
    Thomas Lörinczi 10 месяцев назад (изменено) the drag race (uploaded earlier) and a comparison between the standard versions of the golf and a3:
  • Mikkel Svartveit
    Mikkel Svartveit 10 месяцев назад Same, I feel like I have watched that drag race before!
  • Monzy
    Monzy 10 месяцев назад Can you review the M140i?
  • Adam02M
    Adam02M 10 месяцев назад MahirTheCarGuy agreed!
  • Minom Pnom
    Minom Pnom 10 месяцев назад Review:- nice engine, great to drive but there is no uglier car
  • Lukas Gröndahl
    Lukas Gröndahl 10 месяцев назад Minom Pnom ugly? Lol what
  • Minom Pnom
    Minom Pnom 10 месяцев назад an improvement over the 135i but still a terrible-looking car. There is no saving that basic shape that they started with and incremental changes to s fundamentally ugly shape are doomed.
  • Milind Dixit
    Milind Dixit 10 месяцев назад Agreed. Though I think he'll say amazing engine but bad practicality, and it's sporty looks are even more subtle than the R. Personally I think the 1 series needs a refresh anyways, design and interior feels dated. However I have an R but would've definitely got a 140i shadow edition with Xdrive, but for some reason BMW don't sell the Xdrive version in the UK :(
  • Minom Pnom
    Minom Pnom 10 месяцев назад afaik after the 140i all 1-series will be front-wheel drive only.
  • Milind Dixit
    Milind Dixit 10 месяцев назад Thats a shame. I guess practicality is taking more priority for them. But then if they have an Xdrive system that's heavily rear biased, that could work for the future 140i.
  • Peanus Benis
    Peanus Benis 10 месяцев назад Milind Dixit The X-drive transfer box is sat right where the steering column is in the right-hand drive BMWs. They didn’t think it would be worth it to spend the money engineering a completely new engine layout to get Xdrive to fit in their cars. The next one is going 4-cyl 4WD.
  • Matt Stirk
    Matt Stirk 10 месяцев назад I have an M140i myself, its just not close between it and the golf/S3. Yes, in the real world the latter are going to be faster given their AWD systems, they put the power down much more easily. But you just can't beat the playfulness of a RWD car, and when you compare the 4 pots in the Golf and S3 to the straight 6 in the M140i, there's only one winner. The M140i is also cheaper to buy. I know its looks are like marmite but personally I think it looks great. The next 1 series (coming out later this year/early next year I believe) is rumoured to be FWD/X Drive only, and the new M140i is rumoured to only have a 4 pot like its competitors. Accessible RWD cars with a 6cyl engine are dying out and its such a shame.
  • Minom Pnom
    Minom Pnom 10 месяцев назад the 1 series does indeed have to be given props for the 6 cylinder and yes it's a shame that the hot hatch segment will be devoid of 6cyl from now on.
  • TeacherToolkitDemo
    TeacherToolkitDemo 10 месяцев назад Matt Stirk They are not faster at all unless its raining. In dry weather the M140i is a ckmpletely different animal. Mid range power is a different league. Way better in the corners as well the Audi S3 has awful, horrible understeer.
  • Lukestersim :3
    Lukestersim :3 10 месяцев назад Minom Pnom going to be front wheel drive for the standard 1 series but the Mlites will be fromt with electrical assist at the rear
  • Matt Stirk
    Matt Stirk 10 месяцев назад Nah, in anything other than a straight line in dry conditions, the R and S3 will likely beat an M140i. I'd still rather have my M140i though because its far more fun.
  • TeacherToolkitDemo
    TeacherToolkitDemo 10 месяцев назад Matt Stirk Well every comparison on track the M140i beats the S3 by a massive margin. Even the old M135i is much quicker than an S3. The S3 is only fast in a straight line when launch control is engaged. And who does that in day to day driving.
  • ItzD3fW1sH
    ItzD3fW1sH 10 месяцев назад Matt Stirk nope. The M140i is miles quicker than the golf and Audi.
  • TubeLadin
    TubeLadin 10 месяцев назад I went for the M140i over the 2 above, will arrive next month! You just get more for your money and neither the R or S3 can beat that 6 cylinder.
  • TeacherToolkitDemo
    TeacherToolkitDemo 10 месяцев назад TubeLadin Had my M135i lci for over 2 years now its still epic. Vbox gave me consistent 0-60mph below 5 seconds and could hit 4.5 seconds. Its a beast. M140i even better.
  • Peanus Benis
    Peanus Benis 10 месяцев назад In my opinion the Golf is specced better standard, but the S3 has much better tech on the options spec sheet. The Golf did feel slightly better to drive to me also. The Audi sounded nicer, though. Horses for courses! I went for the Golf but can totally see why the S3 would appeal over it. Both are lovely cars.
  • david charles
    david charles 10 месяцев назад Peanus Benis - this comment is far too sensible for YouTube, please stop it.
  • dlite1972
    dlite1972 10 месяцев назад Are we ever going to to get an auto v auto review ? Every time the golf is reviewed it’s in manual 🙄
    YANG ZHI 10 месяцев назад They always review golf r in manual and drag race with auto Audi rs3 or s3.
  • Gaz Packer
    Gaz Packer 10 месяцев назад I think these cars are the same pair on each review recorded at the same time. I guess the point is that neither would lose. They’re identical mechanically.
  • freibier
    freibier 10 месяцев назад (изменено) Still, in every review of the Golf R, it has the manual gearbox, loses the dragrace and it is "if you want better performance and more comfort while cruising, get this other car with the automatic gearbox". What I'd really like to see is Golf R auto vs Audi S3 auto and if the cars have different performance due to one of them weighing more, having different suspension or a different tune (according to VW themselves, the DSG version is 0.5s faster 0-100 km/h than the manual version). And who knows, maybe the verdict then could have been "both are nice for cruising with their auto gearboxes, the S3 has a bit nicer interior, but with similar options the Audi costs much more and it's not really worth it". But it seems we will never know because apparently the only Golf R which is ever available for reviews is this one with the manual gearbox...
  • Zuhdi
    Zuhdi 10 месяцев назад freibier i have an s3 and i have raced 3 different golf rs’ on the road and we were stuck next to each other from 0 till 170kmph every single time.
  • Ben Potgieter
    Ben Potgieter 10 месяцев назад Porsche Z must’ve been dsg Golfs then
  • Zuhdi
    Zuhdi 10 месяцев назад Ben Potgieter definitely, no one buys manuals where I live
  • Rain Revere
    Rain Revere 10 месяцев назад Exactly, for once I'd just like to see an auto vs auto drag race. Everyone knows the DSG is faster than the manual so its a waste of time racing them.
  • Mock z
    Mock z 10 месяцев назад Agreed
  • CrossFire Academy
    CrossFire Academy 4 месяца назад YANG ZHI 😂😂😂
  • Insert Witty Name
    Insert Witty Name 10 месяцев назад Golf R, DSG, Adaptive Dampers, Performance Pack
  • Ripinda1911
    Ripinda1911 6 месяцев назад The manual is way more fun.
  • Temppa-Setä
    Temppa-Setä 5 месяцев назад @Ripinda1911 Agreed, i hate autos on small cars
  • eri oladapo
    eri oladapo 10 месяцев назад Vw vs expensive vw
  • CMO Vlogs
    CMO Vlogs 10 месяцев назад 😂😂
  • [ZINO]
    [ZINO] 10 месяцев назад Vw< expensive vw (Audi) < more expensive vw (Porsche) < more expensive vw (Bentley) < even more expensive vw (Lamborghini) < more expensive vw (Bugatti)
  • DADDY G.
    DADDY G. 10 месяцев назад ZotteZino so vw wins right?
  • eri oladapo
    eri oladapo 10 месяцев назад ZotteZino bro you went stupid far for what?
  • eri oladapo
    eri oladapo 10 месяцев назад Marko G no I don't
  • Canvastigate
    Canvastigate 10 месяцев назад VWCeption
  • sos Haroldston
    sos Haroldston 7 месяцев назад hhhh daaaamn right
  • niclas00
    niclas00 6 месяцев назад @[ZINO] cheap VW = Seat
  • KrusssH
    KrusssH 3 месяца назад thats why I would choose Leon Cupra
  • Victor Rykowski
    Victor Rykowski 2 месяца назад eri oladapo lol
  • hama king
    hama king 10 месяцев назад I will choose the audi !
  • Canvastigate
    Canvastigate 10 месяцев назад hama king So you are choosing the Volkswagen .. if you know what I mean ^^
  • hama king
    hama king 10 месяцев назад bodega147 what u mean
  • Canvastigate
    Canvastigate 10 месяцев назад (изменено) VW owns Audi...
  • oLinqz
    oLinqz 10 месяцев назад bodega147 hahahaha
  • lad 1312
    lad 1312 10 месяцев назад Haha Bodega King!
  • Ahmed Ayaz
    Ahmed Ayaz 10 месяцев назад aUdI iS JuSt AnOtHer vW dar hur
  • johnny g
    johnny g 6 месяцев назад I will choose your mum
  • ashlie higgins
    ashlie higgins 10 месяцев назад why not just get the golf with the DSG box.
  • Oliver Simpson
    Oliver Simpson 10 месяцев назад ashlie higgins your right
  • tyrone wellington
    tyrone wellington 6 месяцев назад 1800 for the auto in the golf. 1800 for leather. I agree test both with auto.
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 4 месяца назад The manual is more fun to drive, and it’s superior to any auto (making the Audi feel like the less-fun-to-drive car).
  • Ernie Flannel
    Ernie Flannel 4 месяца назад Manual for drivers who can drive. Will last longer than DSG which might eat itself.
  • Niko Moin
    Niko Moin 1 месяц назад Why would u ever buy a manual in a car like a golf r
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад (изменено) @Niko Moin maybe you want to keep your car for a longer time. Obviously the DSG will fail at some point, and will require an expensive replacement. With the manual, it'll last forever. Plus manual trannies are associated with enthusiasts who like to drive. Automatics are associated with lazy people who can't drive manual, or average people who don't care about cars. Sure the DSG is faster, but it's not as fun as the manual.
  • Niko Moin
    Niko Moin 1 месяц назад Sergiu Puscasu im sorry i meant the other way around. Why would u ever buy a automatic“ ^^ my bad. I love manuals and it should be the only choice in a car like this
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад @Niko Moin no problem dude. The automatics on small cara are usually unreliable and rough. The Volkswagen auto transmission is nice to drive, but lots of people don't know how to maintain them, so they break.
  • k12rmy
    k12rmy 1 месяц назад @Sergiu Puscasu as long as u service the dsg it will never fall
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад @k12rmy yeah but the servicing costs way more than on a manual, or on other automatic transmissions from other car brands.
  • k12rmy
    k12rmy 1 месяц назад @Sergiu Puscasu dsg oil change doesn't cost much in the UK (£150) maybe.. And it's done every 60000 miles. Cost isn't even an issue.
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад (изменено) @k12rmy yeah, well not everyone lives in the UK. I certainly don't. Plus, if we're talking globally, DSG transmissions are still more expensive to maintain than other automatics. Because it's a dual-clitch tranny, it has the same cost of ownership as an expensive sports/super car, which is not ok in a cheap car like a volkswagen or a Skoda.
  • k12rmy
    k12rmy 1 месяц назад @Sergiu Puscasu vw are not cheap my friend. OK they are not on the level of merc BMW but they are not cheap!
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад @k12rmy of course they're not. But I mean cheap as in mainstream brand, and not luxury brand. But they are the most expensive non-luxury brand out there.
  • k12rmy
    k12rmy 1 месяц назад @Sergiu Puscasu which non luxury brand do you prefer? Audi?
  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu 1 месяц назад @k12rmy Toyota, Honda, Kia or Hyundai.
  • Rob L.
    Rob L. 10 месяцев назад In my area, VW dealer’s are offering no discounts for the late to the market 2018 Golf R, while Audi dealers are offering the S3 at up to $6K below MSRP, which ends up being just a few grand more than the Golf R. Add to that the far better interior, better reliability, and more prestigious brand, the S3 is the way to go.
  • SkyPilot
    SkyPilot 1 месяц назад Your reviews are awesome. Keep coming back for mare. Cheers from Down Under!!!
  • t s
    t s 10 месяцев назад Mmmm golf R the criminals new favourite weapon of choice!
  • Mr. Wonderful
    Mr. Wonderful 10 месяцев назад Golf R all day long.
  • News
    News Неделю назад No thx every one got it its' like my mom have it to
  • M Law
    M Law 10 месяцев назад Audi S3 is literally my dream next car
  • Gary Taylor
    Gary Taylor 10 месяцев назад What's the big deal about leather seats. I'd much prefer cloth seats. I think leather being seen as the must have luxury for car upholstery is a bit Emperor's New Clothes. I do think the interior of a Golf GTI looks better than the Golf R.
  • squala
    squala 10 месяцев назад Gary Taylor, the GTI looks better overall, unmistakable for a normal Golf unlike the R.
  • Georgi Ivanov
    Georgi Ivanov 10 месяцев назад Leather is simply the superior material. Wears better, lasts longer, smells better and is way easier to clean. It also looks more expensive and [subjectively] nicer. But if a manufacturer gives you leather as standard, they should give you the option for cloth seats for no extra cost.
  • Lox Lover
    Lox Lover 10 месяцев назад Personally I'm not a fan of the black bits they added to the MK7.5. And black wheels are very "meh", regular 19" Pretorias look far more elegant. Also the R looks really nice inside at night, with the blue LED accents everywhere.
  • Mark Stefanac
    Mark Stefanac 10 месяцев назад It also makes your nutsack cold in winter and glues the said nutsack during the summer. And don't start with the "ventilators and heat warmers" because that's an extra $$$, and a hefty extra $$$. Leather's mostly for pretensious ppl who haven't heard of anything else. Nice try, Georgi
  • Georgi Ivanov
    Georgi Ivanov 10 месяцев назад Mark Stefanac I haven't said anything bad. Leather is objectively a better and more durable material than cloth. It also costs more. Heated seats come as standard on $20 000 vehicles these days. Leather interior may cost $5000, heated seats don't.
  • acid
    acid 10 месяцев назад I've got a Golf R (2014 model) and it came with heated seats as standard. It's down to preference and I think it's better to have a choice. I will always choose leather because it's easier to maintain, especially if you have kids. Pretentiousness isn't relevant. Leather is a practical material and it's also natural and comfortable. One way you could protect your nutsack is by wearing clothes. ;-)
  • Georgi Ivanov
    Georgi Ivanov 9 месяцев назад Kaiten Sohal "Depends how you look after them". Real leather lasts literally forever if you moisturize it. With no cracks and tear unless you stab it with something sharp. Alcantara is leather lol...It is good, right?
  • David H
    David H 9 месяцев назад I LOVE leather seats. I won't but a car without them. Some part of it is obviously the posh look, but mostly it's because they're just so much nicer to sit in. They don't grab your pants when you get in, they're much easier to slide in and out, and they don't feel as claustrophobic as cloth seats tend to. Sure, they're cold in winter, but a) big deal, they don't stay cold long and b) that's what heated seats are for. As for summer heat... Not much you can do about they other than park in the shade :P It's a price I'm willing to pay.
  • Chad Nickerson
    Chad Nickerson 8 месяцев назад This plaid seats in my gti are so nice
  • Andy Bish
    Andy Bish 4 месяца назад I'd probably have leather if I had an r but the standard tartan seats on my mark 7 git are iconic with the git name so no need to have leather
  • Nuhan Hidayat
    Nuhan Hidayat 10 месяцев назад Put your glasses back Mat, that's mandatory!
  • Harambe
    Harambe 10 месяцев назад i read your name as "A true Parrot-head"
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  • D lostboii: Utd All the Way
    D lostboii: Utd All the Way 10 месяцев назад A true petrol-head your nasty
  • David Robinson
    David Robinson 10 месяцев назад A true petrol-head lmao just because you're bi doesn't mean everyone else is
  • Harambe
    Harambe 10 месяцев назад A true petrol-head my father kissed me on the lips, i'm bi
  • Harambe
    Harambe 10 месяцев назад R lostboii cool down boi, Let's not threaten someone.
  • D lostboii: Utd All the Way
    D lostboii: Utd All the Way 10 месяцев назад Harambe listen I’m having no one saying I’m gay I no what the fuck I am you guys are so sick you think everyone else acts and thinks like your nasty mind
  • Ahmed Ayaz
    Ahmed Ayaz 10 месяцев назад no one want see your gay shit
  • BeaterBarBen
    BeaterBarBen 10 месяцев назад A true petrol-head I wanna see that video of you and your gay friend 😂
  • Boss 245
    Boss 245 2 недели назад The golf R has a much more race car feel and is a lot more planted than the s3 in corners. It would wreck an s3 for the handling and grip. And tbh I like the golf R interior better than the s3 interior. I’ve drove both vehicles and trust me.
  • Desmond So
    Desmond So 10 месяцев назад (изменено) My wife brought an A3 with Sline for the look and interior, and I brought a Golf R for performance!
  • luttrell1973
    luttrell1973 1 месяц назад Love how the Audi has a Nexus 7 tablet stuck on the dash 😂🤣😅
  • GSC-LOL-islem
    GSC-LOL-islem 10 месяцев назад Golf R with DSG any day