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

7 אפר 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 Carsחודש לפני
    • Gotta go golf

      Luna's WorldLuna's World14 ימים לפני
    • The Golf R for sure

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

      Todd StevensTodd Stevensחודש לפני
    • Golf

      Manpreet VirkManpreet Virkחודש לפני
    • I will take both lol

      Ivan lee kai wenIvan lee kai wenחודש לפני
  • Golf R

    Shiu GenShiu Gen18 שעות לפני
  • What is it with the crap jokes from unfunny presenter and these inserted videos are just annoying.

    RobbyMadManRobbyMadManיום לפני
  • AUDI S3

    kwamashu Librarykwamashu Libraryיום לפני
  • German accent on point 13:38

    KingKKingK2 ימים לפני
  • a German A7 sportback TFSI e or S5 sportback TDI is cheaper than a Dutch S3 sportback

    Ian BijvoetIan Bijvoet3 ימים לפני
  • Your butt didn't get kicked after saying Nurburgring...

    Seth WarnerSeth Warner3 ימים לפני
  • Anyone noticed the engine light on the golf

    Vincent MotonyaVincent Motonya6 ימים לפני
  • 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🤬🤬🤬🤬💩💩💩😠

    İsmet Bulutİsmet Bulut7 ימים לפני
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    İsmet Bulutİsmet Bulut7 ימים לפני
  • Am i crazy or Golf looks good in R package? 😳

    bonga manbonga man7 ימים לפני
  • Volkswagen is better❤️

    Pranav PramodPranav Pramod7 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    TurnStyleGamesTurnStyleGames11 ימים לפני
  • Damn they forgot to kick him when he said nurburgring

    RidwanRidwan11 ימים לפני
  • what a garbage interior in the "new" golf.. wow..absolutely atrocious even in a 20k car let alone price of the R

    gilbomangilboman11 ימים לפני
  • Good job denting the hood at 20 seconds in. You can literally see the metal deforming.

    Jonathan ChangJonathan Chang12 ימים לפני
  • 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_sins12 ימים לפני
  • 6:20 Where is the kick, Mat?

    Dragoș-Cosmin BOGOIDragoș-Cosmin BOGOI12 ימים לפני
  • the Golf R has between 340-350 hp, not 320 ! Some guys on youtube already put it on the dyno :)

    Doldur CosminDoldur Cosmin12 ימים לפני
  • A English Leprechaun OMG Lol

    Paublo ZuluagaaPaublo Zuluagaa15 ימים לפני
  • Engines are same same but different...but still same

    SaintaNickSaintaNick16 ימים לפני
  • 1:19 💋Best adult contact site💘👇 Click Here 》》 hotgirls.to 《《 Leurs états de santé respectifs les empêchent de s'approcher trop près l'un de l'autre. 在整個人類歷史上,強者, 富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市~sae和鄉村中的弱者,無力防守和貧窮成員。 然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其𝔻𝕅𝔸融入不斷發展的人類社會。 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。 他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木)來調味食物煮的時候 1619199253

    The Lontarae OfficialThe Lontarae Official16 ימים לפני
  • 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 Nowak16 ימים לפני
  • 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 Cooper18 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    DreamScapeDreamScape18 ימים לפני
  • The goflf r's steering looks like a bmw steering

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu19 ימים לפני
  • the golf r's front looks like a chevrolet bolt

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu19 ימים לפני
    • more specifically the headlights

      Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu19 ימים לפני
  • They didnt hit you this time when you said nurburgring..!!!😐

    Mohd AslamMohd Aslam19 ימים לפני
  • 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 Edgerton19 ימים לפני
  • 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 Hopkinson20 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    gureno19gureno1920 ימים לפני
  • Should it be RS3 V Golf R and Golf GTi v S3?

    Barry DuffBarry Duff20 ימים לפני
  • the golf has always been an overpriced budged car

    BatemenBatemen21 יום לפני
  • So in a nutshell they are both boring as each other

    Big BhpBig Bhp21 יום לפני
  • 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 Laswiss21 יום לפני
  • Can we have a link to your pants?

    Hon GuoHon Guo22 ימים לפני
  • Golf is max spec-ed top of the line,in that case the Audi has RS3 as top of the line.....

    Dana TenžeraDana Tenžera22 ימים לפני
  • Matt,the Golf is better looking then that ugly ass Audi you presented.

    Eddie MichaelEddie Michael23 ימים לפני
  • 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 Last23 ימים לפני
    • @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 Last22 ימים לפני
    • Archie Hamilton Racing dyno’d it to 339PS

      Steve CooperSteve Cooper22 ימים לפני
  • 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 miller23 ימים לפני
  • Mat bringing the Diesel Scandal 😢 😿 VW: Are u here to test cars or what

    Billal mabuzaBillal mabuza23 ימים לפני
  • Audi is posher and more dynamic in appearance...VW at same price...prob the S3, then.

    DB BluskiesDB Bluskies24 ימים לפני
  • WHat is slap movie/scene at 2:57?

    Scott GlassnerScott Glassner24 ימים לפני
  • Alloy wheels are getting worse

    kodfish1985 🇮🇪kodfish1985 🇮🇪24 ימים לפני
  • 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 Manamela24 ימים לפני
  • I will go for the Audi S3

    dudu mukandadudu mukanda24 ימים לפני
  • no one would choose a/s series over golf R

    trapped soultrapped soul24 ימים לפני
  • I thought the redesign was so ugly at first but that Golf R design is growing on me

    Herling David Romero AdrianzaHerling David Romero Adrianza25 ימים לפני
  • 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 Hughes25 ימים לפני
  • Find it really irritating when manufacturers only let you have certain options as part of a wider ‘pack’. Real ripoff by Audi.

    SibjmSibjm25 ימים לפני
  • It’s difficult to understand how VW could have screwed up the interior so much. Seats look shite. GTI ones are better.

    SibjmSibjm25 ימים לפני
  • Mat did you just say MGA 45? Is this a new brand of Mercedes performance?

    Mo GhachameMo Ghachame25 ימים לפני
  • Damn, I may have to upgrade my 2017 GTI for the R...

    MassReportMassReport25 ימים לפני
  • 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 Khalid26 ימים לפני
  • 40k car and bonnet still manual 😂

    kamran khankamran khan26 ימים לפני
  • In Ireland Golf R list price is €62.4K while the S3 is €55.5K. WTF......

    John KellyJohn Kelly26 ימים לפני
  • Hey, Mat! You should have gotten a kick in the ass, for saying... You know! :D I choose Audi. :)

    mareniggamarenigga26 ימים לפני
  • How on earth did you evade the kick in aRSe for mentioning the Nirburgring? 😂

    David MilenkovićDavid Milenković26 ימים לפני
  • Wrong wheels you showed on R upgrade they are the GTi 19s.

    butchmeister generalbutchmeister general26 ימים לפני
  • Vw/audi just not for me.

    Alan JohnstonAlan Johnston26 ימים לפני
  • They didn’t kick him for saying Nurburgring

    Jesse McnamaraJesse Mcnamara26 ימים לפני
  • Hi mat do you review new 308 Peugeot

    Abdelkader BaaziAbdelkader Baazi26 ימים לפני
  • 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 Roffe26 ימים לפני
  • 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 Observer27 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    LifesloserLifesloser27 ימים לפני
  • VW GOLF MK8 R 🇩🇪🔥👿💪

    Algerian_CarsAlgerian_Cars27 ימים לפני
  • The previous generations looked sooo much better. Volkswagen, Audi... Why?!

    ButterMilkJesusButterMilkJesus27 ימים לפני
  • The predecessors of these 2 are so much nicer in every way

    R RR R27 ימים לפני
  • I feel like you wanted the Audi to be better so u didn’t care as much with the golf

    Imperial SandoraImperial Sandora27 ימים לפני
  • 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 Santos27 ימים לפני
  • S3

    Matt WilliamsMatt Williams27 ימים לפני
  • Essentially the same running gear slightly differentiated by tuning and couple little bits and different skins imo Wouldnt mind either tbh

    Bombadore GarageBombadore Garage27 ימים לפני
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      Car WowCar Wow27 ימים לפני
  • Why not compare it with the Audi RS3 instead of a S3?

    Naeem GainNaeem Gain27 ימים לפני
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    word for wordword for word27 ימים לפני
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    word for wordword for word27 ימים לפני
  • You do know there are other car makers than German ones? ;-)

    Grant MuirGrant Muir28 ימים לפני
  • but, there is an rs3 also xD

    JurekJurek28 ימים לפני
  • Disgusting critisism.

    CostacurtaCostacurta28 ימים לפני
  • I’d better make my mk 7.5 last a while.

    Paul BakerPaul Baker28 ימים לפני
  • The launch on that VW GOLF R is DREAMY!!!

    Daniel VillafaneDaniel Villafane28 ימים לפני
  • 4 hailo

    angel tshabalalaangel tshabalala28 ימים לפני
  • 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!!!

    MrArchie800MrArchie80028 ימים לפני
  • S3 is better everyday ans more beautiful

    Audi RS3Audi RS328 ימים לפני
  • 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 Smith28 ימים לפני
  • 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 Ayanda28 ימים לפני
  • The Golf 8 has grown on me 😍🙈

    Boikanyo MahashaBoikanyo Mahasha28 ימים לפני
  • Mat sneak out a smack for say Nurburgring.. Haha

    Sikander UddinSikander Uddin28 ימים לפני
  • Craxy how trash the golf r interior is. Never selling my mk7.

    Ahmed HAhmed H28 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    MattK187MattK18728 ימים לפני
  • 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.Cypriot28 ימים לפני
  • Mat, you have to stop moaning about that stitching!

    Michael HallMichael Hall28 ימים לפני
  • 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 Brown28 ימים לפני
  • 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?

    numbereightysevennumbereightyseven28 ימים לפני
  • Touch pads are cheeper...😐

    Thorsten FuchsThorsten Fuchs28 ימים לפני
  • Never thought a golf r was better then an s3

    Master yonMaster yon28 ימים לפני
  • Hi Mat, kindly do a review (drag race ) on the Audi Q3 vrs Tiguan both 2ltr

    Symon MuyaSymon Muya28 ימים לפני
    • Don't follow the crowd. A hatch/car/bicycle is mutch better/cooler

      Helen BaylisHelen Baylis23 ימים לפני
  • Bad run on the S3.. Best CarWow Runs: Golf R: 3.95 Audi S3: 4.37

    Jason PearsJason Pears28 ימים לפני
  • Golf R so quick

    Djcurtnes With youDjcurtnes With you28 ימים לפני
  • For me vw is better looking ... i would choose the s3 only in sedan version

    Karlo AndrakaKarlo Andraka28 ימים לפני