VW Golf R v Audi S3 - review & 0-60mph, 1/4-mile and brake comparison!

7 Apr 2021
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It's time for a VW Golf R vs Audi S3 group test!
As we all know, both the Golf R & S3 are part of VW Group, so as a result, they’re both very similar under the skin - and that's no more evident when you check out the engine stats! They’re both packing 2-litre 4 cylinder engines, although while the Audi can produce 310hp & 400Nm, the Golf R edges it with the ability to put down 320hp & 420Nm!
So on the face of it, you’d expect them to be pretty similar, but will that be the case once Mat gets his hands on them? Will the Golf's slight increase in power be noticeable once he's on track? And even if it is, would he rather find himself sat in the S3's cabin?
You'll have to stay tuned as he walks you through all the key details you need to know, from thoughts on the exterior design through to the boot capacity! Oh, and of course, make sure you stick around for the launch & brake tests!
00:00 Intro
00:31 Price
01:11 Exterior Design
02:02 Interior
03:58 Back Seats
04:58 Boot
05:51 Drivetrain & Brakes
06:54 Engines
07:45 Audi S3 - 0-60mph & Brake Test
08:24 Audi S3 - Driving
11:18 Golf R - Driving
13:54 Golf R - 0-60mph & Brake Test
15:16 Verdict
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  • Hi Mat here: if I was to give you either of these cars for free which would you take?

    Mat Watson CarsMat Watson CarsVor Monat
    • Gotta go golf

      Luna's WorldLuna's WorldVor 12 Tage
    • The Golf R for sure

      Jóhann IngiJóhann IngiVor Monat
    • I'll stick with my Mk7.5 GTI, DSG+DCC for $35K CDN thank you very much.

      Todd StevensTodd StevensVor Monat
    • Golf

      Manpreet VirkManpreet VirkVor Monat
    • I will take both lol

      Ivan lee kai wenIvan lee kai wenVor Monat
  • AUDI S3

    kwamashu Librarykwamashu LibraryVor 4 Stunden
  • German accent on point 13:38

    KingKKingKVor Tag
  • a German A7 sportback TFSI e or S5 sportback TDI is cheaper than a Dutch S3 sportback

    Ian BijvoetIan BijvoetVor Tag
  • Your butt didn't get kicked after saying Nurburgring...

    Seth WarnerSeth WarnerVor Tag
  • Anyone noticed the engine light on the golf

    Vincent MotonyaVincent MotonyaVor 4 Tage
  • 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🤬🤬🤬🤬💩💩💩😠

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    İsmet Bulutİsmet BulutVor 5 Tage
  • Am i crazy or Golf looks good in R package? 😳

    bonga manbonga manVor 5 Tage
  • Volkswagen is better❤️

    Pranav PramodPranav PramodVor 6 Tage
  • As a life-long VW enthusiast...and Golf owner, the Mk8 is..fuggin' tragic. Performance be damned, the face and the interior are just...wrong. Odd since VW has always been known for logical no-nonsense interiors and the Golf is "normally" a nice and handsome design.

    TurnStyleGamesTurnStyleGamesVor 9 Tage
  • Damn they forgot to kick him when he said nurburgring

    RidwanRidwanVor 9 Tage
  • what a garbage interior in the "new" golf.. wow..absolutely atrocious even in a 20k car let alone price of the R

    gilbomangilbomanVor 9 Tage
  • Good job denting the hood at 20 seconds in. You can literally see the metal deforming.

    Jonathan ChangJonathan ChangVor 10 Tage
  • This isnt fair the audi s3s is equal to a gti if you want a fair match up wouldnt it be a rs3?

    don_sinsdon_sinsVor 10 Tage
  • 6:20 Where is the kick, Mat?

    Dragoș-Cosmin BOGOIDragoș-Cosmin BOGOIVor 10 Tage
  • the Golf R has between 340-350 hp, not 320 ! Some guys on youtube already put it on the dyno :)

    Doldur CosminDoldur CosminVor 11 Tage
  • A English Leprechaun OMG Lol

    Paublo ZuluagaaPaublo ZuluagaaVor 13 Tage
  • Engines are same same but different...but still same

    SaintaNickSaintaNickVor 14 Tage
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    The Lontarae OfficialThe Lontarae OfficialVor 14 Tage
  • Very weird times - both the Golf and the Audi have similar levels of cost cutting, and the Golf is the objectively better and more practical car...

    Bartlomiej NowakBartlomiej NowakVor 15 Tage
  • Watch Rory AutoTrader on golf R, shit I thought the A3 had MMI issues but they pale into insignificance compared to the R, £40k on the engine and a fiver on the rest 😜

    Steve CooperSteve CooperVor 16 Tage
  • final verdict, none are manual and I'd rather buy the older golf r cause it's fun to drive. even though it's slower who cares. idk if i were to get a hot hatch I'd want it a manual.

    DreamScapeDreamScapeVor 17 Tage
  • The goflf r's steering looks like a bmw steering

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened PikachuVor 17 Tage
  • the golf r's front looks like a chevrolet bolt

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened PikachuVor 17 Tage
    • more specifically the headlights

      Enlightened PikachuEnlightened PikachuVor 17 Tage
  • They didnt hit you this time when you said nurburgring..!!!😐

    Mohd AslamMohd AslamVor 17 Tage
  • Damn honestly the golf lookin ugly as hell don’t get me wrong I love golfs but it seems like vw just gets itv wring every 3 generations.

    Zach EdgertonZach EdgertonVor 18 Tage
  • Can't believe a golf r is half a second quicker the team at Audi really dropped the ball on that one. They should get there ass kicked

    James HopkinsonJames HopkinsonVor 18 Tage
  • I mean they literally both have identical EA888s - the golf R just has the equivalent of a stage 1 tune from factory, otherwise zero difference in internals/turbo etc.

    gureno19gureno19Vor 18 Tage
  • Should it be RS3 V Golf R and Golf GTi v S3?

    Barry DuffBarry DuffVor 19 Tage
  • the golf has always been an overpriced budged car

    BatemenBatemenVor 19 Tage
  • So in a nutshell they are both boring as each other

    Big BhpBig BhpVor 20 Tage
  • VW Golf GTI vs Audi S3 is more like it VW Golf R vs Audi RS3 would make more sense as they use almost the same motor

    Brandon LaswissBrandon LaswissVor 20 Tage
  • Can we have a link to your pants?

    Hon GuoHon GuoVor 20 Tage
  • Golf is max spec-ed top of the line,in that case the Audi has RS3 as top of the line.....

    Dana TenžeraDana TenžeraVor 21 Tag
  • Matt,the Golf is better looking then that ugly ass Audi you presented.

    Eddie MichaelEddie MichaelVor 21 Tag
  • I'd be very surprised if that Golf R was making only 320ps. I had a 2016 S3 and two of my colleagues at the time had mk7 and 7.5 golf R's, when we dyno'd them the R's both made way over 325PS and the S3 made 310PS, all of them were bone stock.

    First LastFirst LastVor 21 Tag
    • @Steve Cooper That sounds about right, the mk7 Golf R made about that after we did the airbox mods to it, replace the turbo elbow but without tuning it, and that was supposed to be 300PS, when we did the same mods to my S3 it made 333PS, again no tune. We used the same dyno for both, but it was months in between each test and ambient was radically different, so it wasnt a back to back test. Those EA888 engines are amazing things. I am going would be very interested to see what a tuned mk8 R was like vs. an A45s, I know thats the old tuned vs. stock argument, but if you can get the same performance for £10k or so less, now that is interesting.

      First LastFirst LastVor 21 Tag
    • Archie Hamilton Racing dyno’d it to 339PS

      Steve CooperSteve CooperVor 21 Tag
  • The new Golf actually looks super dull. The MK7 R looks way better. Deary me, what is happening at VW!? Similar to the way bmw have super dulled the new 1 series. Ceed, i30, Focus, Corolla, 1 series, Golf, Leon etc etc. Car design has entered the matrix.

    dougie millerdougie millerVor 21 Tag
  • Mat bringing the Diesel Scandal 😢 😿 VW: Are u here to test cars or what

    Billal mabuzaBillal mabuzaVor 21 Tag
  • Audi is posher and more dynamic in appearance...VW at same price...prob the S3, then.

    DB BluskiesDB BluskiesVor 22 Tage
  • WHat is slap movie/scene at 2:57?

    Scott GlassnerScott GlassnerVor 22 Tage
  • Alloy wheels are getting worse

    kodfish1985 🇮🇪kodfish1985 🇮🇪Vor 22 Tage
  • Both of these cars would get stolen within a blink of an eye here in South Africa, and you can even lose your life for one of them

    Kgabo ManamelaKgabo ManamelaVor 22 Tage
  • I will go for the Audi S3

    dudu mukandadudu mukandaVor 22 Tage
  • no one would choose a/s series over golf R

    trapped soultrapped soulVor 23 Tage
  • I thought the redesign was so ugly at first but that Golf R design is growing on me

    Herling David Romero AdrianzaHerling David Romero AdrianzaVor 23 Tage
  • im in the market for a new car and moving everything into the infotainment + the capacitive steering wheel "buttons" was a dealbreaker for me when it came to the VW.

  • Would take the R in a hearbeat

    Steve HughesSteve HughesVor 23 Tage
  • Find it really irritating when manufacturers only let you have certain options as part of a wider ‘pack’. Real ripoff by Audi.

    SibjmSibjmVor 24 Tage
  • It’s difficult to understand how VW could have screwed up the interior so much. Seats look shite. GTI ones are better.

    SibjmSibjmVor 24 Tage
  • Mat did you just say MGA 45? Is this a new brand of Mercedes performance?

    Mo GhachameMo GhachameVor 24 Tage
  • Damn, I may have to upgrade my 2017 GTI for the R...

    MassReportMassReportVor 24 Tage
  • plz matt make a video about those super sports suvs that beat sports cars and can also drift like drift cars plz matt.....

    Muhammad KhalidMuhammad KhalidVor 24 Tage
  • 40k car and bonnet still manual 😂

    kamran khankamran khanVor 24 Tage
  • In Ireland Golf R list price is €62.4K while the S3 is €55.5K. WTF......

    John KellyJohn KellyVor 24 Tage
  • Hey, Mat! You should have gotten a kick in the ass, for saying... You know! :D I choose Audi. :)

    mareniggamareniggaVor 24 Tage
  • How on earth did you evade the kick in aRSe for mentioning the Nirburgring? 😂

    David MilenkovićDavid MilenkovićVor 24 Tage
  • Wrong wheels you showed on R upgrade they are the GTi 19s.

    butchmeister generalbutchmeister generalVor 24 Tage
  • Vw/audi just not for me.

    Alan JohnstonAlan JohnstonVor 24 Tage
  • They didn’t kick him for saying Nurburgring

    Jesse McnamaraJesse McnamaraVor 24 Tage
  • Hi mat do you review new 308 Peugeot

    Abdelkader BaaziAbdelkader BaaziVor 24 Tage
  • VAG botched this one. Why make the less premium and cheaper car the better car? I want the Audi dealership experience, interior refinement and better looks but with the same power, brakes, rear diff, and adjustable suspension as the Golf R.

    Maor RoffeMaor RoffeVor 25 Tage
  • After a couple repairs on the Audi you'll need those plusher seats for your sore bum. I'd still take her though.

    The Khaki ObserverThe Khaki ObserverVor 25 Tage
  • Wow the golf seriously has a stick to prop the bonnet up. Wtf all older gen golfs were gas strut maybe even the mark 4. Not a deal breaker but strange. Im sure the 5s onwards were.

    LifesloserLifesloserVor 25 Tage
  • VW GOLF MK8 R 🇩🇪🔥👿💪

    Algerian_CarsAlgerian_CarsVor 25 Tage
  • The previous generations looked sooo much better. Volkswagen, Audi... Why?!

    ButterMilkJesusButterMilkJesusVor 25 Tage
  • The predecessors of these 2 are so much nicer in every way

    R RR RVor 25 Tage
  • I feel like you wanted the Audi to be better so u didn’t care as much with the golf

    Imperial SandoraImperial SandoraVor 25 Tage
  • No bonnet lift? My mk4 golf tdi is older than probably 40% of the people that watched this video and has a bonnet lift. What is vw doing?!

    Daniel SantosDaniel SantosVor 25 Tage
  • S3

    Matt WilliamsMatt WilliamsVor 25 Tage
  • Essentially the same running gear slightly differentiated by tuning and couple little bits and different skins imo Wouldnt mind either tbh

    Bombadore GarageBombadore GarageVor 25 Tage
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      Car WowCar WowVor 25 Tage
  • Why not compare it with the Audi RS3 instead of a S3?

    Naeem GainNaeem GainVor 26 Tage
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    word for wordword for wordVor 26 Tage
  • You do know there are other car makers than German ones? ;-)

    Grant MuirGrant MuirVor 26 Tage
  • but, there is an rs3 also xD

    JurekJurekVor 26 Tage
  • Disgusting critisism.

    CostacurtaCostacurtaVor 26 Tage
  • I’d better make my mk 7.5 last a while.

    Paul BakerPaul BakerVor 26 Tage
  • The launch on that VW GOLF R is DREAMY!!!

    Daniel VillafaneDaniel VillafaneVor 26 Tage
  • 4 hailo

    angel tshabalalaangel tshabalalaVor 26 Tage
  • The A3 shape is starting to look a bit dated IMO whereas the Golf just looks like a Golf (i.e. it doesn't really offend anyone). Plus my lawnmower fits into a golf without having to dismantle but I need to take the handles off to fit in an A3. Plus that extra 0.5 seconds to 60 means I can get to the Co-op and back with my beer a full 1 second quicker - and that is important! I do hate the shitty cheap plastic that they are starting to introduce though!!!

    MrArchie800MrArchie800Vor 26 Tage
  • S3 is better everyday ans more beautiful

    Audi RS3Audi RS3Vor 26 Tage
  • Do you self a favour go watch Rory review on Autotrader channel and just watch how you should do a quality review. Yours are embarrassing and just plain pathetic

    Neil SmithNeil SmithVor 26 Tage
  • So basically the Golf 8 is boring.. It doesn't have the soul of Golf 7 which we South African love it for. Sad day😢😔

    Dominic AyandaDominic AyandaVor 26 Tage
  • The Golf 8 has grown on me 😍🙈

    Boikanyo MahashaBoikanyo MahashaVor 26 Tage
  • Mat sneak out a smack for say Nurburgring.. Haha

    Sikander UddinSikander UddinVor 26 Tage
  • Craxy how trash the golf r interior is. Never selling my mk7.

    Ahmed HAhmed HVor 26 Tage
  • The Golf R, for sure. Like you said, it may not be as aesthetically pleasing BUT the drive is what its all about. You clearly enjoyed the R alot more. I myself would really like to upgrade from my MK5 Golf GTDI to any R model, rather than an Audi S series.

    MattK187MattK187Vor 26 Tage
  • VW should do a hyper hatch model with a turbo vr6 engine before the petrol era dies. Could you imagine it would smoke the RS3 and the AMG A45.

    A.CypriotA.CypriotVor 26 Tage
  • Mat, you have to stop moaning about that stitching!

    Michael HallMichael HallVor 26 Tage
  • I would be interested to see how they perform on the same size wheels. Golf is lighter, more powerful, and has smaller wheels hence the large acceleration difference.

    Kieran BrownKieran BrownVor 27 Tage
  • Why has Porsche never made a hot hatch? Maybe a sort-of 911-based thing. I guess a rear-engine might be awkward though. So ... how about a smaller-than-a-Macan thing?

    numbereightysevennumbereightysevenVor 27 Tage
  • Touch pads are cheeper...😐

    Thorsten FuchsThorsten FuchsVor 27 Tage
  • Never thought a golf r was better then an s3

    Master yonMaster yonVor 27 Tage
  • Hi Mat, kindly do a review (drag race ) on the Audi Q3 vrs Tiguan both 2ltr

    Symon MuyaSymon MuyaVor 27 Tage
    • Don't follow the crowd. A hatch/car/bicycle is mutch better/cooler

      Helen BaylisHelen BaylisVor 21 Tag
  • Bad run on the S3.. Best CarWow Runs: Golf R: 3.95 Audi S3: 4.37

    Jason PearsJason PearsVor 27 Tage
  • Golf R so quick

    Djcurtnes With youDjcurtnes With youVor 27 Tage
  • For me vw is better looking ... i would choose the s3 only in sedan version

    Karlo AndrakaKarlo AndrakaVor 27 Tage
  • The S3 will probably get the power bump and trick bits found on the Golf R when it gets face-lifted in three years. That, or they will only be on the RS3 because VAG wants to better differentiate the S3 from the Golf R this time around.

    vomErstenvomErstenVor 27 Tage
  • I'm gonna get that golf r.. that thing is sick!!

    Tim WinchesterTim WinchesterVor 27 Tage