2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Audi A3

Blue-grey 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, VS icon, and blue 2019 Audi A3

With its high-level performance and reasonable price, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a great choice for automotive shoppers who desire a compact car that’s fun-to-drive and not too harsh on the bank account. One of the competitors of the VW Golf GTI is the Audi A3. See how the two high-performance models stack up in this 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Audi A3 comparison.

On the performance front, the VW Golf GTI comes equipped with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI turbocharged engine, which churns out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The base-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TFSI turbocharged engine in the Audi A3 manages only 186 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The VW Golf GTI has a Launch Control feature, which electronically adjusts the engine to maximize acceleration. Also, the VW Golf GTI has a Start/Stop system, which temporarily shuts off the engine while idling for improved efficiency. The Audi A3 doesn’t have a Launch Control feature or a Start/Stop system.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2019 Audi A3
228-hp/258 lb-ft Horsepower/Torque (Base Engine) 186-hp/221 lb-ft
Standard Launch Control No
Standard Engine Start/Stop System No
6-years/72,000-miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty Warranty Coverage 4-years/50,000-miles Basic Warranty; 4-years/50,000-miles Powertrain Warranty

Compare the 2019 VW Golf GTI and 2019 Audi A3

The 2019 VW Golf GTI has a major advantage for warranty coverage, with the backing of a 6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty. The 2019 Audi A3 has a 4-years/50,000-miles basic warranty and a 4-years/50,000-miles powertrain warranty.

Another advantage of the VW Golf GTI is the generous amount of available storage space. With the rear seats folded down flat, the Golf GTI has a cargo capacity of 53.7 cu-ft. The Audi A3 only offers a cargo capacity of 10 cu-ft.

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White 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI driving on a roundabout
Gauges and navigation system in 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI
A man driving a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a box in the rear seat area
A finger touching the infotainment system touchscreen in a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI