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Which is Better? The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI or 2018 Audi A3?

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2018 Audi A3 Versus

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2018 Audi A3

2.0-liter Turbo


220 hp


204 hp
258 hp


258 hp


The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a sporty hatchback that comes in three trims. The 2018 Audi A3 is a mid-size sedan that's available in three editions. Both cars run on turbocharged engines, but the Golf GTI has a clear advantage in horsepower and torque. This VW model offers more than 10 active safety features, including the Front Assist package.


The 2.0 L TSI engine block produces up to 220 horsepower in the 2018 VW Golf GTI. This turbocharged powertrain cranks out 258 pound-feet of peak torque at 1,500 RPM. Also having a turbocharged design, the 2018 Audi A3's TFSI engine produces a maximum of 186 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. A forged steel crankshaft is standard in the Golf GTI's robust powertrain. This sporty VW hatchback comes with the Driving Mode Selection, which offers five custom settings. The Sport Mode guarantees responsive handling, and the Eco Mode optimizes fuel economy on the highway. When equipped with the DCC Adaptive Chassis Control, the Golf GTI withstands moderate and severe shocks from the road. The XDS+ Cross-Differential System is another mechanical technology that boosts the vehicle's performance. Even when fitted with the Quattro AWD, the 2018 Audi A3 can't match the handling of this nimble VW hatchback.

Safety and Security

The 2018 Golf GTI's Front Assist package comes with several cutting-edge safety features that have been tested extensively in real-world situations. You'll receive visual and audible alerts from the Forward Collision Warning if a front crash seems imminent. The all-new Pedestrian Monitoring scans your path for people. If necessary, the Autonomous Emergency Braking comes on to avoid a collision with pedestrians or vehicles. This VW hatchback also offers the Lane Assist and Blind Spot Monitor for safe driving on multi-lane roads. Featuring the all-new Maneuver Braking, the Park Distance Control helps you avoid a low-speed collision on narrow roads and in parking lots. Steering guidance is provided by the Park Assist, which has sensors that accurately estimate the availability of a suitable parking space. Additionally, the Golf GTI has the Light Assist technology that improves your vision of dark roads. Even when equipped with the Side Assist and Parking System Plus, the 2018 Audi A3 still falls short of the Golf GTI in the active safety category.

Eye-Catching Design

The 2018 Golf GTI is available with the 18-inch Dallas alloy wheels, which are covered in black and silver paint. Tornado Red, Night Blue and Great Falls Green are some body colors that look awesome with the signature wheels. You won't find such eye-catching paint options for the 2018 Audi A3's exterior. This VW hatchback also has cool interior styling, such as the cloth seats with the Clark Plaid design and leather seats with red stitching. Ambient lights add a soft and relaxing flow to the cool cockpit. The door sills are illuminated for extra aesthetic appeal and utility.

Pohanka Volkswagen of Capitol Heights is your trusted dealership for buying and leasing new VW vehicles. Visit us to test drive and compare the 2018 Golf GTI with the 2018 Audi A3.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn 4dr Hatchback 6M for Sale in inventory


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5-Star overall scores are awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety Ratings are awarded by Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).