2017 Audi A3 vs. 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Sportback cars are in high demand all over the world, particularly by car enthusiasts who seek a seamless marriage between speed and aesthetics. Residents of Eastchester in the market for a new car may get to a point where they have to choose between a 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTi and the 2017 Audi A3. The Audi offers many benefits that make it the better car as you will soon find out in this comparison.

Design & Style

The Volkswagen has an appealing exterior, featuring angular LED lights with an inconspicuous red strip running across the front grille, the mark of a GTi. The overall design is very appealing and practical as well. Even so, the Audi A3 still comes across as a more beautiful car to look at with its minimalist elegance and soft stance. Honestly, the Audi A3 is slightly behind the Golf GTi when it comes to interior dimensions. However, the difference is very little, and is unlikely to make a huge difference in driver and passenger experience. The Audi feels more solidly built, and the lack of too many buttons on the dashboard and steering wheels as in the Audi also makes it feel elegant. Overall, the Audi A3 is the better of the two cars in terms of design.

Technology & Safety

German vehicles are known to offer a lot in terms of safety and technology, and this is true for both of these cars. Some of the Volkswagen's notable features include a power sunroof/moonroof, leather seating, automatic climate control, a CD player and driver power seats. In this regard, the Audi offers much more, since it features heated seats, a HD radio, a premium sound system among many other creature comforts. Technophiles will find the Audi to be their dream car due to its simplicity while still offering many toys.

In terms of safety, both cars are closely matched. In addition to the standard safety features offered in many cars today, the Volkswagen also has optional rear side airbags, curtain airbags and antilock braking system. The Audi has all these as standard, and also has more advanced features such as lane assist and blind spot monitoring options.


The Volkswagen GTi ships with a 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 220 horsepower at 4700rpm, and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. The Audi A3, on the other hand, features a 1.4-liter engine which has an output of 204 horsepower at 5000rpm. This makes it more economical than the Volkswagen. However, if you are interested in more power, you have a choice of other engines from Audi, including a 2.0-liter which will closely match the Volkswagen's performance. The power difference notwithstanding, the Audi still feels sporty and handles very well, so it will be a pleasure to drive.

The Bottom Line

There is no arguing that the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTi is a good car, but the Audi A3 has a lot more to offer. The base model of the Audi has more features and tech compared to the Volkswagen GTi, and you also get more optional extras with the Audi.

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We are located in Eastchester, NY and serve the Tri-State area. If you wish to give 2017 Audi A3 a spin, don't hesitate to contact Classic Audi via phone call or walk-in visit.


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