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Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Price Comparison (MSRP)

The sticker prices, before adjusting for remaining feature differences. Usually these are the numbers you will see on the window stickers.

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Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $40,530

Volkswagen Golf / GTI R   
Difference: $7,922

Lowest Total Invoice: $38,797

Volkswagen Golf / GTI R   
Difference: $6,043

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Model Year20172017
ModelA3 / S3 / RS3Golf / GTI
TrimA3 e-tronR
Body4dr Hatch4dr Hatch
Base Price $38,900 $35,655
Base Invoice $36,178 $34,229
Premium Plus Package 3,100  
Prestige Package 8,650  
Metallic paint (extra cost) 575  
Cargo net 150 100
All-weather floor mats 180 235
Cargo mat 115  
DCC & Navigation Package   3,720
6-speed manual   0
Premium Plus Package 2,884  
Prestige Package 8,046  
Metallic paint (extra cost) 536  
Cargo net 139 80
All-weather floor mats 168 185
Cargo mat 107  
DCC & Navigation Package   3,483
6-speed manual   0
Options (change) 12,770 4,055
Options (change) 11,880 3,748
Destination 950 820
Gas Tax -4,168 0
Total Price $48,452 $40,530
Total Invoice $44,840 $38,797

The configured Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 4dr Hatch has a turbocharged 400hp 2.5L I5 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 7-speed automated manual transmission.

The configured Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch has a turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Even when the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 and Volkswagen Golf / GTI are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 A3 e-tron trim is $38,900. The features would cost an additional $12,770. Including the destination charge of $950, the total price of this trim is $48,452.

The base sticker price of the Volkswagen Golf / GTI R trim is $35,655. The features would cost an additional $4,055. Including the destination charge of $820, the total price of this trim is $40,530.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Volkswagen Golf / GTI trims is 0. Based on this adjustment, the Volkswagen Golf / GTI R appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 4dr Hatch has a turbocharged 400hp 2.5L I5 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 7-speed automated manual transmission.

The configured Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch has a turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Even when the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 and Volkswagen Golf / GTI are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 A3 e-tron trim is $36,178. The features would cost an additional $11,880. Including the destination charge of $950, the total price of this trim is $44,840.

The invoice of the Volkswagen Golf / GTI R trim is $34,229. The features would cost an additional $3,748. Including the destination charge of $820, the total price of this trim is $38,797.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Volkswagen Golf / GTI trims is 8. Based on this adjustment, the Volkswagen Golf / GTI R appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Volkswagen Golf / GTI R
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $6,632
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $4,849
Model Year20172017
ModelA3 / S3 / RS3Golf / GTI
TrimA3 e-tronR
Body4dr Hatch4dr Hatch
Engine150hp I4 PiH292hp I4
TransmissionS6M6
DrivetrainFWDAWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)0/0 MPG22/31 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)705, 14400, 9
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/40-18235/35-19
Total Price$48,452$40,530
Adjustments for Features-1,2900
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$47,162$40,530
Total Invoice$44,840$38,797
Adjustments for Features-1,1940
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$43,646$38,797

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Features Comparison: Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI

Model Year20172017
ModelA3 / S3 / RS3Golf / GTI
TrimA3 e-tronR
Body4dr Hatch4dr Hatch
Transmission and Drivetrain 
6-speed automated manual$1100 
6-speed manual $150
FWD$0 
AWD $1700
Accessories 
Adaptive cruise control $750
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed$1000 
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
Backup collision intervention $250
Knee airbag, passenger$100 
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system$100 
Rear cross-traffic detection $100
Rear side airbags$300 
Cargo Management 
Air-conditioned storage compartment $50
Overhead sunglass holder $25
Climate Control and Infotainment 
4G LTE connectivity$50 
App support $100
Automatic air recirculation$100 
DVD-compatible player$0 
Handwriting recognition$200 
In-vehicle Internet$150 
Media drive$15 
Mirrorlink support $0
SMS text-to-speech reader $50
Surround sound$250 
Wi-Fi hotspot$50 
Exterior 
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s) $50
Sunroof, large$1100 
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror$75 
Cornering lights$75 
Fog light, rear$100 
Headlight washers $50
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display$250 
Large energy flow and fuel economy display$25 
LED headlights$1000 
Power-folding mirrors$50 
Steering-linked headlights $150
Tachometer $75
Xenon HID headlights $500
Powertrain 
3.6 kW onboard charger$0 
9 kWh battery pack$0 
Automatic start / stop$150 
Dual-mode exhaust, switchable $500
Seats and Interior Trim 
Aluminum trim$100 
Door sill trim plates$100 
Illuminated door sill trim plates $200
Manual height adjuster, driver seat$50 
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat $50
Manual lumbar adjuster, passenger seat $50
Manual tilt adjuster, driver seat$50 
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat$150 
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat $100
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power height adjuster, driver seat $100
Power height adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power recliner, driver seat $100
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat $100
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Adaptive dampers - electrical $500
Sport suspension (upgrade) $0
Total Value of Features$6,990$5,700
Value of Feature Adjustments$1,290$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-1,1940

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Specifications Comparison: Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI

Model Year20172017
ModelA3 / S3 / RS3Golf / GTI
Body4dr Hatch4dr Hatch
Wheelbase103.5 in103.8 in
Length169.8 in167.5 in
Width70.3 in70.8 in
Height56.1 in57.2 in
Curb Weight4,012 lb.3,283 lb.
Fuel Capacity10.6 gal.13.2 gal.
Row 1 Headroom36.9 in38.4 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room54.8 in55.9 in
Row 1 Legroom41.2 in41.2 in
Row 2 Headroom37.5 in38.1 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room52.9 in53.9 in
Row 2 Legroom35.4 in35.6 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
9.9 ft322.8 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
39.5 ft352.7 ft3

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Option Package Details
Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 A3 e-tron

Premium Plus Package
FeatureValueRequested?
225/40HR18 tires400No
Heated front seats200Yes
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Obstacle detection, front200Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Compass0Yes
Additional chrome trim0No
Aluminum trim100No
Body kit0Yes
Sport front fascia (optional)0No
Sport rear fascia, e.g. diffuser (optional)0No
Apple CarPlay support0Yes
Android Auto support0Yes
Total Requested85063%
Total Not Requested50037%
Prestige Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Bang & Olufsen, 705W, 14 speakers (with subwoofer)350No
Cornering lights75No
LED headlights500No
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror75No
Surround sound250No
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Power-folding mirrors50No
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display250No
Heated front seats200Yes
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Obstacle detection, front200Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Compass0Yes
Additional chrome trim0No
Aluminum trim100No
Telematics service, such as OnStar300Yes
Handwriting recognition200No
Speed limit information0No
Apple CarPlay support0Yes
Android Auto support0Yes
4G LTE connectivity50No
Navigation system600Yes
DVD-compatible player0No
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Media drive15No
Traffic + travel information25Yes
In-vehicle Internet150No
Wi-Fi hotspot50No
Total Requested267548%
Total Not Requested286552%

Option Package Details
Volkswagen Golf / GTI R

All-weather floor mats
FeatureValueRequested?
All-weather floor mats75Yes
Cargo mat40Yes
Total Requested115100%
Total Not Requested00%
DCC & Navigation Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Adaptive dampers - electrical500No
Obstacle detection, front200Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
235/35YR19 tires400No
Fender, 400W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)350No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio75Yes
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100No
Backup collision intervention250No
Total Requested290064%
Total Not Requested160036%

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