New VW Golf R vs AMG A45 - DRAG RACE *The Truth!*

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How’s this for a hot hatch showdown - new Volkswagen Golf R vs Mercedes-AMG A45 S!
On the face of it, these two cars have a lot of similarities. They’re both hot hatches (obviously), they both have AWD, and they’re both powered by 2-litre turbocharged petrol engines.
However, that’s just about where the similarities end! Starting with the Golf R, it can produce 320hp & 420Nm, while it weighs in at 1,551kg. As for the A45 S, well that can produce 421hp & 500Nm, but it also weighs more than the Golf R, tipping the scales at 1,660kg.
However, there’s one key difference between these hot hatches - the price! While the Golf R costs just over £39,000, the A45 S rolls up with a price tag of over £57,000!!
So is it worth it? You’ll have to keep watching to find out!
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  • Hey guys & girls - we're sorry for the poor audio quality in this video. Unfortunately, Mat's microphone decided to fail! 🤦‍♂️ Hopefully you still enjoy this awesome hot hatch showdown! Which would you choose? Let us know below!

    carwowcarwow17 dagar sedan
    • mark

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    • not sure if anyone cares at all but last night I hacked my friends Instagram account by using Instaplekt. Just google for it ;)

      Princeton BennettPrinceton Bennett11 dagar sedan
    • Are the links "up there" coming soon? Also, went on the Carwow link in the description, which turned out to be broken. So, the website 'took me back' to the car chooser. Of all the choices it came up with a max price of 33k for an A class Merc and no A45. It also took me to the app, which gave me no option to go back to the start of my search, only return to the website! Great videos from Carwow but more money needs to be spent on the website and app!

      computerbob06computerbob0612 dagar sedan
    • Crappy maths as well! "8 grand more"! More like 18 grand Matt! RRP

      computerbob06computerbob0612 dagar sedan
    • I thought my phone speaker tore LoL

      Hemiendren aaronHemiendren aaron12 dagar sedan
  • Vw nearer to 350 to 360 bhp! Murders 135i and A35!

    Paul HarrisonPaul Harrison8 timmar sedan
  • I’d just get the golf and a remap for 400 quid 🤷🏻‍♂️

    TG243TG24313 timmar sedan
  • That Golf looks hideous in comparison to the last gen. Sounds awful too. Was that fake car noise audio being played in to the cabin as well???

    raggaryan44raggaryan44Dag sedan
  • Golf 8 R is the best hot hatch

    B BOMBB BOMBDag sedan
  • I watched several of his video on volkswagensss, and somehow he gave me an impression that he's not a volkswagen fan 😑

    Algean OngAlgean OngDag sedan
  • Okay thats 18k diff, just build like 10-15k into that golf and he would beat merc no doubt.

    Ilija KoraćIlija KoraćDag sedan
  • Paying £18,000 more for 0.3 seconds faster in 1/4 drag race 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

    George RymerGeorge Rymer2 dagar sedan
  • Cool vid

    Kayderro CHKayderro CH2 dagar sedan
  • Fake!

    Alex NascinbenAlex Nascinben2 dagar sedan
  • AMG 45 S uper , destrói GOLF R 2021

    LUCAS DAHMENLUCAS DAHMEN2 dagar sedan
  • Some modified street cars drag racing honda's supras skyline etc...

    Ali DgnAli Dgn2 dagar sedan
  • A45 driver can’t drive for shit

    Planned FitnessPlanned Fitness3 dagar sedan
  • If only vw would have given the golf r the engine power they originally put out for it.

    WastelanderWastelander3 dagar sedan
  • The interior quality in that VW is 💩

    A ZA Z3 dagar sedan
  • 17k & plus for that difference....nop

    Jota PCJota PC3 dagar sedan
  • 400hp tuned R vs A class AMG than I think it will win

    I love JBLI love JBL4 dagar sedan
  • I am German and actually when I am about to say something very German I use that exaggerated accent too. I love it. :-DD

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue4 dagar sedan
  • where is your oun mercedes

    Divya RaniDivya Rani4 dagar sedan
    • Mat, you should also include a dyno test... Surely would help to understand differences... Sure that Golf R 8 is only providing 320cv????

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue4 dagar sedan
  • i sure wish we could get that a45 in the states

    HippieCarGuyHippieCarGuy4 dagar sedan
  • Despite of the weird Headlight I think the Golf looks a bit more balanced. I think I'm delusional but the rear of the A-Class looks like it hasn't changed the past generations.

    DanielDaniel4 dagar sedan
  • Άσε μας ρε

    ΓΙΏΡΓΟΣ ΚΟΡΔΑΛΗΣΓΙΏΡΓΟΣ ΚΟΡΔΑΛΗΣ5 dagar sedan
  • 3......2..1,like always,

    wen Zhouwen Zhou5 dagar sedan
  • Golf buff tryed his best to drive shit and loose...🤣 why buy a casio watch when can afford a Rolex? 🤷‍♂️

    mark daviesmark davies5 dagar sedan
  • Seemed very sponsored, only said good thing about the merc

    Andrew BellisAndrew Bellis5 dagar sedan
  • merc the king of hot hatches, its a well deserved crown 👏

    hloniphani ntombelahloniphani ntombela5 dagar sedan
  • The Golf sounds like it came straight out of the original (The) Need for Speed. It's 1994 all over again.

    Life SupportLife Support6 dagar sedan
  • 7:42 😂😂 I love the frequent German accent impressions you do

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt6 dagar sedan
    • Did you really just steal someone else’s exact comment from a week ago? Bruh moment

      Trauma LlamaTrauma Llama5 dagar sedan
  • He jumped in the second race.

    David McDougallDavid McDougall6 dagar sedan
    • Carwow Turkish please

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt6 dagar sedan
  • Considering the huge price difference the Golf R is seriously impressive. In real world driving conditions there’s probably very little in it performance wise. You can buy far nicer used cars for almost 60k, Aston Martin, Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R etc

    Tom SteeleTom Steele6 dagar sedan
  • How the hell are Mercedes able to get a whole 100hp more out of a 2.0L than VW

    Kristof G-browneKristof G-browne6 dagar sedan
  • Bei den Preisen und Leistungen könnte man sich echt für ein Golf entscheiden aber optisch sieht der Golf so sche**e aus, da würde ich freiwillig mehr zahlen für den Benz... Kleb da ein Renault Logo drauf und tadaa Clio. Einfach hässlich!

    Mister TMister T6 dagar sedan
  • Matt's savage and I love it!

    Rick BrckaRick Brcka6 dagar sedan
  • Let’s move This channel to the next level!!!

    jordi guix hernandezjordi guix hernandez6 dagar sedan
  • Mat, you should also include a dyno test... Surely would help to understand differences... Sure that Golf R 8 is only providing 320cv????

    jordi guix hernandezjordi guix hernandez6 dagar sedan
  • Yes finally. A car that can finally beat the stupid Golf R. Fuck you VW

    Jeff BrownJeff Brown6 dagar sedan
  • Compare like for like. AMG should be against the RS3

    SpinnettiSpinnetti7 dagar sedan
  • Such a stupid fake noise on golf interior!! 🤢🤮

    Carlos ÁlvaroCarlos Álvaro7 dagar sedan
  • Type r vs. Evo x

    KOKO KOBANAKOKO KOBANA7 dagar sedan
  • Stuttgart always beats Wolfsburg.

    Nikolaus WolffNikolaus Wolff7 dagar sedan
  • That merc features one of the ugliest interiors currently on the market - for any price

    Raz88Raz888 dagar sedan
  • german accent is amazing :D

    Ensar KayaEnsar Kaya8 dagar sedan
  • The Golf R is seriously impressive. My only real criticism is how shitty it sounds. It sounds bizarrely similar to the GR Yaris inside at the top of the rev range (which is also fairly av sounding, stock). But man oh man, that Golf R hauls ass. I love the Benz, I just don’t know if I could stomach the difference in price.

    GalaxanzGalaxanz8 dagar sedan
  • Much closer than I thought!

    636 the#ofthebeast636 the#ofthebeast8 dagar sedan
  • Carwow Turkish please

    Hamza Berke AkgünHamza Berke Akgün8 dagar sedan
  • LoL. It’s not as if the VW owner with a VW blog driving the A45 has a reason to make the VW look good by under driving the A45.

    youwhatnowyouwhatnow8 dagar sedan
  • The Amg sounds like shit 😂 Real 100% hoover hahaha

    Cosa NostraCosa Nostra8 dagar sedan
  • The extra cones is really nice to tell the difference

    ceerw butyceerw buty8 dagar sedan
  • 1:51 ... And here we have our unsung Mercedes-AMG Ambassador

    mpho nyovanempho nyovane8 dagar sedan
  • When will you race the Mk8 R against the Yaris Gr???!!

    Alex BrosseauAlex Brosseau8 dagar sedan
  • Can we see the mk4 vw r32 vs mk5 r32 vs mk6 golf r vs mk7 golf r ????

    runawaytowtruckrunawaytowtruck8 dagar sedan
  • The design of the new golf mk8 just doesn't fill the shoes of the previous generation's design in my opinion

    Hanan R.Hanan R.8 dagar sedan
  • The extra cones is really nice to tell the difference

    yasio boloyasio bolo9 dagar sedan
  • Mega to see you here, Andrew!

    Paul MargineanPaul Marginean9 dagar sedan
    • Idk why vw didn't use the rs3 engine. It would have been alot more cost effective and audi could have double dipped on their engine

      yasio boloyasio bolo9 dagar sedan
  • golf 7 r i's a best

    all or nothingall or nothing9 dagar sedan
  • The guy driving the VW was cheating

    Steve FortierSteve Fortier9 dagar sedan
  • The A45s is another level

    Steve FortierSteve Fortier9 dagar sedan
  • What is this annoying background sound, once you've finished your brake test ?

    petiohpetioh9 dagar sedan
  • £18k more Mat

    Andrew FAndrew F9 dagar sedan
  • Comprobado otra vez, ese Golf va más puesto que Armstrong.

    PeterSpoonPeterSpoon10 dagar sedan
  • I am only watching this now you guys watched I do not

    Shobhana MohananShobhana Mohanan10 dagar sedan
  • I real like this video

    Shobhana MohananShobhana Mohanan10 dagar sedan
  • Golf R is stunning! Looks ace and the performance is impressive

    Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson10 dagar sedan
  • its a little more than 8k more than the golf :D

    Christopher RyderChristopher Ryder10 dagar sedan
  • I prefer the previous. Gen Mk7 golf r

    hydrohydro10 dagar sedan
  • We are still waiting on a Yanni vs Mat bicycle race 😏

    eioshen boboieioshen boboi10 dagar sedan
  • A45S is the best hatchbacks of all cars 🚙🚙🚙♥️♥️♥️

    Ghufi Da ZetGhufi Da Zet10 dagar sedan
    • And the winner is: a used Alfa Quad

      eioshen boboieioshen boboi10 dagar sedan
  • I think Mercedes will win

    the new guythe new guy10 dagar sedan
  • Ur in a Mercedes a proper car... That's wat he said... Indeed Mercedes won nearly the challenges

    Ghufi Da ZetGhufi Da Zet10 dagar sedan
  • Idk why vw didn't use the rs3 engine. It would have been alot more cost effective and audi could have double dipped on their engine

    Twistid 5one3Twistid 5one310 dagar sedan
  • Tune the R save 15k it will spank the Mercedes

    B6_S4B6_S410 dagar sedan
  • 1998 dodge dakota vs 1998 ford ranger

    Doug DaunisDoug Daunis10 dagar sedan
  • Why oh why have VW not increased the Bhp in this car. Plus looks wise... ughhh

    jooklumjooklum11 dagar sedan
    • seslow.info/u/dax0r8a8eGaHh68/video

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni10 dagar sedan
  • Matts not getting a volkswagen anytime soon talking all that shit

    Jack StrachanJack Strachan11 dagar sedan
  • Matt fix your phone screen.

    bagi17bagi1711 dagar sedan
    • @Ailsa Ni what?

      bagi17bagi1710 dagar sedan
    • i dunno, when comes to this two i would pick the cheaper one, its pointless to overpay this much for such small difference when it comes to performance

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni10 dagar sedan
  • 7:50 he sounds like richtofen from black Ops zombies

    CriticalzCriticalz11 dagar sedan
  • Can i have color code of the Mercedes? Plz

    Akil AssifAkil Assif11 dagar sedan
    • It's on the Mercedes website. Actually looks a bit crap in the flesh, I saw an AMG A45s in it recently. Ordered mine in silver.

      Lucius SanderLucius Sander2 dagar sedan
  • 421hp vs 320hp wow There is also a A35 wirh 306hp Or the non S with 387hp

    Deni AndjelkovicDeni Andjelkovic11 dagar sedan
  • I don't care if that VW has a 700 bhp engine.. its design sends my gran to sleep. So boring.. and the infotainment is just utter shit too.

    B HB H11 dagar sedan
    • I test drove the 8R last week - agree, boring to look at, but then all Golf R's are - but the interior - holly molly, it is poor. Scratchy plastics, cheap look/feel and the switch gear is horrid to use. I don't care how fast or well it handles, most of the time I'd be just driving it and at north of £40k, I'd expect a lot better. Mugs will no doubt buy it, but I'd rather go down a notch and get the GTI. It's a lot cheaper, looks way better and you can forgive it for being a bit cheaper on the inside.

      Lucius SanderLucius Sander2 dagar sedan
  • Crap vrs shit?

    James WilkesJames Wilkes11 dagar sedan
  • bloodyell Matt. I thought mi tv speakers were fooked when i started watching it.

    Stanly KawazakiStanly Kawazaki12 dagar sedan
  • Volkswizard now there is a classy, top guy to have as a guest!

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni12 dagar sedan
  • And the winner is: a used Alfa Quad

    WatchitwithandrewWatchitwithandrew12 dagar sedan
    • Impressive VW.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni12 dagar sedan
  • Golf 320cv / A45 421cv👎... Presque kif/kif..!? 🤔

    David FarrezDavid Farrez12 dagar sedan
  • I wonder if Golf R had 421HP it would perform better than A45S.

    Toni SatoToni Sato12 dagar sedan
  • Even thought I am an AMG fanboy and an owner of an AMG, I gotta say, I am impressed by the GOLF..

    3ManP3ManP12 dagar sedan
    • Ohh what AMG ya got?

      ThisIsMeThisIsMe10 dagar sedan
  • Thanks

    Shobhana MohananShobhana Mohanan12 dagar sedan
  • I always like the Tesla guys by the way

    Shobhana MohananShobhana Mohanan12 dagar sedan
  • i dunno, when comes to this two i would pick the cheaper one, its pointless to overpay this much for such small difference when it comes to performance

    YikaneYikane12 dagar sedan
    • You're getting a lot more than just performance with the Merc - interior is on another level, lots of options and brilliant tech, also looks wise, way better than the VW. It's not all about drag races and o to 60's. My AMG A45s is due in a month, can't wait and yes, I did test drive a Golf 8R and an S3. The Merc was on another level to both of those. Maybe the new RS3 will be decent, but if it's anything like the new S3 I drove, I'll be glad I didn't wait for it.

      Lucius SanderLucius Sander2 dagar sedan
  • seslow.info/u/dax0r8a8eGaHh68/video

    nonnon12 dagar sedan
  • 155 mph one-handed driving and a walkie in the other hand lol

    Conan 312Conan 31212 dagar sedan
  • That edit of matts face on the exhaust tips! 🤣🤣🤣🤣👏

    Lukeey420Lukeey42012 dagar sedan
  • An A35 would have been better for this test right ?

    Florian KraftFlorian Kraft12 dagar sedan
    • Golf 8 R is already trashed a35 in previous race.

      Berk KarataşBerk Karataş12 dagar sedan
  • 2:18 LOOOOL

    ZubiCarsZubiCars12 dagar sedan
  • Price and weight of the A45s are just insane, the R is the best choice here no brainer!

    Lorenzo GiuntiniLorenzo Giuntini12 dagar sedan
  • No way there is 100hp in this race. 18k for this much of a gap? No way

    LapizMK7point5LapizMK7point512 dagar sedan
  • if anyone think they are this close think again.

    Performance PhotographyPerformance Photography12 dagar sedan
  • Before watching I'm sure Mercedes wins!! Am I right 🙈

    C.AC.A12 dagar sedan
    • Mercedes are simply miles ahead they lead F1 and that's the pinnacle in motorsport!

      C.AC.A12 dagar sedan
  • Impressive VW.

    Henri CokskiHenri Cokski12 dagar sedan
  • I’m sitting?? Come on Matt.. you know better

    matthew kingmatthew king12 dagar sedan