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

    Hi Mat here: if I was to give you either of these cars for free which would you take?

    • Jóhann Ingi
      Jóhann Ingi

      The Golf R for sure

    • Todd Stevens
      Todd Stevens

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

    • Manpreet Virk
      Manpreet Virk

      Golf

    • Ivan lee kai wen
      Ivan lee kai wen

      I will take both lol

    • dug huff
      dug huff

      Golf. That Audi grille???

  • Bombadore Garage
    Bombadore Garage

    Essentially the same running gear slightly differentiated by tuning and couple little bits and different skins imo Wouldnt mind either tbh

  • Naeem Gain
    Naeem Gain

    Why not compare it with the Audi RS3 instead of a S3?

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  • Grant Muir
    Grant Muir

    You do know there are other car makers than German ones? ;-)

  • Jurek
    Jurek

    but, there is an rs3 also xD

  • Costacurta
    Costacurta

    Disgusting critisism.

  • Paul Baker
    Paul Baker

    I’d better make my mk 7.5 last a while.

  • Daniel Villafane
    Daniel Villafane

    The launch on that VW GOLF R is DREAMY!!!

  • angel tshabalala
    angel tshabalala

    4 hailo

  • MrArchie800
    MrArchie800

    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!!!

  • Audi RS3
    Audi RS3

    S3 is better everyday ans more beautiful

  • Neil Smith
    Neil Smith

    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

  • Dominic Ayanda
    Dominic Ayanda

    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😢😔

  • Boikanyo Mahasha
    Boikanyo Mahasha

    The Golf 8 has grown on me 😍🙈

  • Sikander Uddin
    Sikander Uddin

    Mat sneak out a smack for say Nurburgring.. Haha

  • Ahmed H
    Ahmed H

    Craxy how trash the golf r interior is. Never selling my mk7.

  • MattK187
    MattK187

    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.

  • A.Cypriot
    A.Cypriot

    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.

  • Michael Hall
    Michael Hall

    Mat, you have to stop moaning about that stitching!

  • Kieran Brown
    Kieran Brown

    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.

  • numbereightyseven
    numbereightyseven

    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?

  • Thorsten Fuchs
    Thorsten Fuchs

    Touch pads are cheeper...😐

  • master yon
    master yon

    Never thought a golf r was better then an s3

  • Symon Muya
    Symon Muya

    Hi Mat, kindly do a review (drag race ) on the Audi Q3 vrs Tiguan both 2ltr

  • Jason Pears
    Jason Pears

    Bad run on the S3.. Best CarWow Runs: Golf R: 3.95 Audi S3: 4.37

  • Djcurtnes With you
    Djcurtnes With you

    Golf R so quick

  • Karlo Andraka
    Karlo Andraka

    For me vw is better looking ... i would choose the s3 only in sedan version

  • vomErsten
    vomErsten

    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.

  • Tim Winchester
    Tim Winchester

    I'm gonna get that golf r.. that thing is sick!!

  • Shakti Shakti
    Shakti Shakti

    Matt NOT Freeeking German Cars. I would rather poke my eyes out with fork than watch this video...PS It's not you Matt,

  • Nagata
    Nagata

    New Golf is hideous

  • moizzkhan
    moizzkhan

    The Golf is growing on me

  • Thabo Lekganyane
    Thabo Lekganyane

    The Audi for sure

  • Carson Ho
    Carson Ho

    Stock wheels are ugly

  • 04oceane1
    04oceane1

    Where are the 1/4 mile times like it says in the title???????

  • Rahim Kisoor
    Rahim Kisoor

    Thumbnail on this video says a lot now.....

  • Kiyam Ahmadi
    Kiyam Ahmadi

    Just the way you fuck up the golf lol you made it look shit

  • user
    user

    That Golf is pulling Lamborghini Diablo Times 0-60!!!!

  • Adam
    Adam

    What was the 1/4 mile time?

  • Bot Friend
    Bot Friend

    I want golf r but manual no not dsg a manual

  • BASExKING
    BASExKING

    2:56 lol wtf😂😂

  • Stephen Kenyon
    Stephen Kenyon

    He’s a right drama queen constantly over reacting

  • LeonGamer 2.0
    LeonGamer 2.0

    As we Germans says: Wer bremst verliert

  • steady bloke
    steady bloke

    both hands on the wheel, both braincells paying attention, shut gob and drive

  • steady bloke
    steady bloke

    Better

  • Marshall C.T.
    Marshall C.T.

    I'd trade some hp for better build quality. These look like toys.

  • takenxtx
    takenxtx

    These cars are HUGE!

  • 19ksxoulz
    19ksxoulz

    No such word as”Posher”

  • Dani Nothing
    Dani Nothing

    Lol No adaptive Suspension... Thats what my cheap Seat from 2015 comes with as Default.🥴😀👍🍌👻

  • XRB Performance
    XRB Performance

    Journalists complain because the shifter paddles are too small or too big, seems they can never be neutral

  • Neo Hideo
    Neo Hideo

    compare RS3, not S3

  • Bonnie Drasco
    Bonnie Drasco

    As a person who does lighting for a living I absolutely hate overkill on led lighting and I just find all that ambient lighting malarkey inside cars very cheesy, they all look like something out of a badly and cheaply lit Indian restaurant 🍛

  • Bonnie Drasco
    Bonnie Drasco

    Well for the money these things cost I’d buy the Audi just on looks alone

  • rundc_
    rundc_

    Anyone actually used Carwow to buy a new car?

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      Nope 🤣

  • Jacques Malan
    Jacques Malan

    I personally like the looks of the golf more. S3 is not ugly by any means though.

  • matiss hansens
    matiss hansens

    i love how Mat makes a german accent. it's funny.

  • james james
    james james

    Are you the boy from Billy Elliot grown up...i wondered what happened to you

  • ENNINGS HOVE
    ENNINGS HOVE

    You surely just dont like the Golf....lets face fact

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      He said he preferred the golf in the end 😳 god knows why, yes it’s quicker but everything else is 2nd rate

  • dat way
    dat way

    mechanically the same car just down to what badge and look you prefer

    • Peter Harrison
      Peter Harrison

      Did you watch the video !?! Not this time !! The golf has more power and a rear differential which the Audi doesn't have.

  • D Mweli
    D Mweli

    Mat is energetic like Golf R, see him doing some exercise lol. Get a bike

  • Trent Rama
    Trent Rama

    When is the a45s amg vs golf R coming out

  • Jason Swift
    Jason Swift

    Audi is way behind when it comes to not having the cruise control on the steering wheel.

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      @Jason Swift never mind cock, cruise control is for boring drivers 😜

    • Jason Swift
      Jason Swift

      @Steve Cooper You idiot! i already know where it is and no its not easy to use at all as you can't see it and see what you are doing! its behind and out of the way.

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      Cruise control on stick below indicators, it’s very easy to use when driving

  • Dan Ralph
    Dan Ralph

    What was thinking with them wheels

  • Mr Yoyo
    Mr Yoyo

    Watching Matt’s videos feel like Netflix episodes

  • okambambo
    okambambo

    worst video I've watched today

  • Ben W
    Ben W

    Put 18's on the Audi and see how it compares.

  • LifeVac Europe Limted
    LifeVac Europe Limted

    I think mat is an audi fan boy.

  • Jaap Feitsma
    Jaap Feitsma

    Audi looks like shit

  • John Smith
    John Smith

    VW have take a massive step down in quality. The cheap plastics have no place in a £40k car.

  • Finn Jones
    Finn Jones

    Why didn't mat get kicked when he said Nurburgring??

  • Daniel Dickson
    Daniel Dickson

    No butt kick?

  • DaxXx988
    DaxXx988

    Shouldn't the gti be comparable to s3, and R to rs3? Interior plastics are terrible for those prices.

  • hamza shahid
    hamza shahid

    sup

  • TheBulletoffire
    TheBulletoffire

    I will wait for the new Audi RS3, it will be a better camparation.

  • Pinto
    Pinto

    Is BEA a word ?

  • Ian & Amanda Charlesworth
    Ian & Amanda Charlesworth

    Audi everytime as i have a 2017 S3 although considering replacing with either: Mercedes GLA AMG45s, Mercedes GLB AMG35, or perhaps a GLA/GLB 250 4Matic with AMGLine pack, which would you go for. I want the car to look cool, i want some noise from the exhaust but want to try to keep purchase cost and running costs down if i can (Yorkshireman that I am!) i live in Cyprus and because of condition of roads and the much lower speed limits than UK many are saying you should go for looks but you don't need the performance. So help me out please Mat. thanks in advance

  • blanchbacker
    blanchbacker

    Rear of the s3 is unfortunate

  • GlumdogTrillionaire
    GlumdogTrillionaire

    Why isn’t it the RS3?

  • C L
    C L

    Hey!! You didn’t get kicked for saying Nurburgring

  • Christian Anderson
    Christian Anderson

    Almost certainly the Golf R

  • Official Z
    Official Z

    Clearly a audi lover and a biased review .

  • Ibrahim Ifri
    Ibrahim Ifri

    Golf 8 r 340hp réel

  • Braton Miles
    Braton Miles

    sry but why you make reviews if you hate the Golf aready from begin ON make no sense bad video

  • Peter Bishop
    Peter Bishop

    Correct decision. Golf is where it's at for a drivers car. The Golf R will also take you to Asda and back with no issue. You can take normal sized people in the back seat to meet their dental appointment or to put some household rubbish in the back to take it to the Council tip. Or then again, you could just go out and have some fun just driving it! Versatility, There you have it. Love and peace.

  • panos myrogiannis
    panos myrogiannis

    Only Audi all the way in every model!!

  • Peter Bishop
    Peter Bishop

    Five seconds into this vid. Basically, it's the same car. The difference will be miniscule. But in this category, which they used to call 'Hot Hatches', the Golf has the coolness and the rep. The Audi is a copycat pretender for those people who value the upmarket name. But then again, I'm of an age... Will happily eat my words if I'm wrong. Love and peace.

    • Peter Bishop
      Peter Bishop

      @Steve Cooper The R is better and prettier. End of.

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      Basically the R suits the boy racer mentality and the S3 is enjoyed by the more intelligent driver 🤣

  • D c
    D c

    i prefer both of the previous models. the new ones are damn ugly and look very poor quality to.

  • Shy Sparkz
    Shy Sparkz

    “Why have you got a Ford what’s happened ? “ I’m dead

  • Anthony Dunn
    Anthony Dunn

    The rear of the front seats in the golf look baggier than most budget cars I’ve seen.

  • Meat Packing Industry Worker
    Meat Packing Industry Worker

    cannot unsee that thumbnail image...my eyes!

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      Ryan Scribner

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  • Maurice Perry
    Maurice Perry

    Golf R

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  • Roflmfaoftw
    Roflmfaoftw

    audi looks like shit ngl

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  • Boosted Builds
    Boosted Builds

    Why wouldn’t you compare the rs3 to the golf r? S3 only has a tuned 2.0 l turbo. I’m a Audi only kind of guy and would never take a s3. Ever! A rs3 on the other hand! All day!

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  • TheCarKids
    TheCarKids

    Ummm... the thumbnail looked a bit wrong 😏

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  • BundyPoppy
    BundyPoppy

    Diesel-Gate? Does no one remember what VW Group did? I personally will never buy any of their products.

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      GPO

      nobody cares

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  • Abidha
    Abidha

    This is not a fair test. Golf R = Audi RS3...

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    k B

    Shit cars

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  • Jarreau Randall
    Jarreau Randall

    Good way of compare the engine specs and weight of the cars next to eachother! Good vid👏

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