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

    Mat Watson CarsMat Watson CarsMånad sedan
    • Gotta go golf

      Luna's WorldLuna's World11 dagar sedan
    • The Golf R for sure

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

      Todd StevensTodd StevensMånad sedan
    • Golf

      Manpreet VirkManpreet VirkMånad sedan
    • I will take both lol

      Ivan lee kai wenIvan lee kai wenMånad sedan
  • German accent on point 13:38

    KingKKingK10 timmar sedan
  • a German A7 sportback TFSI e or S5 sportback TDI is cheaper than a Dutch S3 sportback

    Ian BijvoetIan BijvoetDag sedan
  • Your butt didn't get kicked after saying Nurburgring...

    Seth WarnerSeth WarnerDag sedan
  • Anyone noticed the engine light on the golf

    Vincent MotonyaVincent Motonya4 dagar sedan
  • 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🤬🤬🤬🤬💩💩💩😠

    İsmet Bulutİsmet Bulut4 dagar sedan
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    İsmet Bulutİsmet Bulut4 dagar sedan
  • Am i crazy or Golf looks good in R package? 😳

    bonga manbonga man4 dagar sedan
  • Volkswagen is better❤️

    Pranav PramodPranav Pramod5 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    TurnStyleGamesTurnStyleGames8 dagar sedan
  • Damn they forgot to kick him when he said nurburgring

    RidwanRidwan8 dagar sedan
  • what a garbage interior in the "new" golf.. wow..absolutely atrocious even in a 20k car let alone price of the R

    gilbomangilboman9 dagar sedan
  • Good job denting the hood at 20 seconds in. You can literally see the metal deforming.

    Jonathan ChangJonathan Chang9 dagar sedan
  • 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_sins9 dagar sedan
  • 6:20 Where is the kick, Mat?

    Dragoș-Cosmin BOGOIDragoș-Cosmin BOGOI10 dagar sedan
  • the Golf R has between 340-350 hp, not 320 ! Some guys on youtube already put it on the dyno :)

    Doldur CosminDoldur Cosmin10 dagar sedan
  • A English Leprechaun OMG Lol

    Paublo ZuluagaaPaublo Zuluagaa12 dagar sedan
  • Engines are same same but different...but still same

    SaintaNickSaintaNick13 dagar sedan
  • 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 Official14 dagar sedan
  • 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 Nowak14 dagar sedan
  • 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 Cooper16 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    DreamScapeDreamScape16 dagar sedan
  • The goflf r's steering looks like a bmw steering

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu17 dagar sedan
  • the golf r's front looks like a chevrolet bolt

    Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu17 dagar sedan
    • more specifically the headlights

      Enlightened PikachuEnlightened Pikachu17 dagar sedan
  • They didnt hit you this time when you said nurburgring..!!!😐

    Mohd AslamMohd Aslam17 dagar sedan
  • 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 Edgerton17 dagar sedan
  • 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 Hopkinson17 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    gureno19gureno1918 dagar sedan
  • Should it be RS3 V Golf R and Golf GTi v S3?

    Barry DuffBarry Duff18 dagar sedan
  • the golf has always been an overpriced budged car

    BatemenBatemen19 dagar sedan
  • So in a nutshell they are both boring as each other

    Big BhpBig Bhp19 dagar sedan
  • 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 Laswiss19 dagar sedan
  • Can we have a link to your pants?

    Hon GuoHon Guo20 dagar sedan
  • Golf is max spec-ed top of the line,in that case the Audi has RS3 as top of the line.....

    Dana TenžeraDana Tenžera20 dagar sedan
  • Matt,the Golf is better looking then that ugly ass Audi you presented.

    Eddie MichaelEddie Michael20 dagar sedan
  • 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 Last21 dag sedan
    • @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 Last20 dagar sedan
    • Archie Hamilton Racing dyno’d it to 339PS

      Steve CooperSteve Cooper20 dagar sedan
  • 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 miller21 dag sedan
  • Mat bringing the Diesel Scandal 😢 😿 VW: Are u here to test cars or what

    Billal mabuzaBillal mabuza21 dag sedan
  • Audi is posher and more dynamic in appearance...VW at same price...prob the S3, then.

    DB BluskiesDB Bluskies21 dag sedan
  • WHat is slap movie/scene at 2:57?

    Scott GlassnerScott Glassner21 dag sedan
  • Alloy wheels are getting worse

    kodfish1985 🇮🇪kodfish1985 🇮🇪22 dagar sedan
  • 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 Manamela22 dagar sedan
  • I will go for the Audi S3

    dudu mukandadudu mukanda22 dagar sedan
  • no one would choose a/s series over golf R

    trapped soultrapped soul22 dagar sedan
  • I thought the redesign was so ugly at first but that Golf R design is growing on me

    Herling David Romero AdrianzaHerling David Romero Adrianza22 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    LOLHICRONOLOLHICRONO22 dagar sedan
  • Would take the R in a hearbeat

    Steve HughesSteve Hughes23 dagar sedan
  • Find it really irritating when manufacturers only let you have certain options as part of a wider ‘pack’. Real ripoff by Audi.

    SibjmSibjm23 dagar sedan
  • It’s difficult to understand how VW could have screwed up the interior so much. Seats look shite. GTI ones are better.

    SibjmSibjm23 dagar sedan
  • Mat did you just say MGA 45? Is this a new brand of Mercedes performance?

    Mo GhachameMo Ghachame23 dagar sedan
  • Damn, I may have to upgrade my 2017 GTI for the R...

    MassReportMassReport23 dagar sedan
  • 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 Khalid23 dagar sedan
  • 40k car and bonnet still manual 😂

    kamran khankamran khan23 dagar sedan
  • In Ireland Golf R list price is €62.4K while the S3 is €55.5K. WTF......

    John KellyJohn Kelly23 dagar sedan
  • Hey, Mat! You should have gotten a kick in the ass, for saying... You know! :D I choose Audi. :)

    mareniggamarenigga23 dagar sedan
  • How on earth did you evade the kick in aRSe for mentioning the Nirburgring? 😂

    David MilenkovićDavid Milenković24 dagar sedan
  • Wrong wheels you showed on R upgrade they are the GTi 19s.

    butchmeister generalbutchmeister general24 dagar sedan
  • Vw/audi just not for me.

    Alan JohnstonAlan Johnston24 dagar sedan
  • They didn’t kick him for saying Nurburgring

    Jesse McnamaraJesse Mcnamara24 dagar sedan
  • Hi mat do you review new 308 Peugeot

    Abdelkader BaaziAbdelkader Baazi24 dagar sedan
  • 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 Roffe24 dagar sedan
  • 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 Observer24 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    LifesloserLifesloser24 dagar sedan
  • VW GOLF MK8 R 🇩🇪🔥👿💪

    Algerian_CarsAlgerian_Cars24 dagar sedan
  • The previous generations looked sooo much better. Volkswagen, Audi... Why?!

    ButterMilkJesusButterMilkJesus24 dagar sedan
  • The predecessors of these 2 are so much nicer in every way

    R RR R24 dagar sedan
  • I feel like you wanted the Audi to be better so u didn’t care as much with the golf

    Imperial SandoraImperial Sandora24 dagar sedan
  • 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 Santos25 dagar sedan
  • S3

    Matt WilliamsMatt Williams25 dagar sedan
  • Essentially the same running gear slightly differentiated by tuning and couple little bits and different skins imo Wouldnt mind either tbh

    Bombadore GarageBombadore Garage25 dagar sedan
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      Car WowCar Wow25 dagar sedan
  • Why not compare it with the Audi RS3 instead of a S3?

    Naeem GainNaeem Gain25 dagar sedan
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  • You do know there are other car makers than German ones? ;-)

    Grant MuirGrant Muir25 dagar sedan
  • but, there is an rs3 also xD

    JurekJurek25 dagar sedan
  • Disgusting critisism.

    CostacurtaCostacurta25 dagar sedan
  • I’d better make my mk 7.5 last a while.

    Paul BakerPaul Baker25 dagar sedan
  • The launch on that VW GOLF R is DREAMY!!!

    Daniel VillafaneDaniel Villafane25 dagar sedan
  • 4 hailo

    angel tshabalalaangel tshabalala25 dagar sedan
  • 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!!!

    MrArchie800MrArchie80025 dagar sedan
  • S3 is better everyday ans more beautiful

    Audi RS3Audi RS325 dagar sedan
  • 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 Smith26 dagar sedan
  • 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 Ayanda26 dagar sedan
  • The Golf 8 has grown on me 😍🙈

    Boikanyo MahashaBoikanyo Mahasha26 dagar sedan
  • Mat sneak out a smack for say Nurburgring.. Haha

    Sikander UddinSikander Uddin26 dagar sedan
  • Craxy how trash the golf r interior is. Never selling my mk7.

    Ahmed HAhmed H26 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    MattK187MattK18726 dagar sedan
  • 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.Cypriot26 dagar sedan
  • Mat, you have to stop moaning about that stitching!

    Michael HallMichael Hall26 dagar sedan
  • 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 Brown26 dagar sedan
  • 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?

    numbereightysevennumbereightyseven26 dagar sedan
  • Touch pads are cheeper...😐

    Thorsten FuchsThorsten Fuchs26 dagar sedan
  • Never thought a golf r was better then an s3

    Master yonMaster yon26 dagar sedan
  • Hi Mat, kindly do a review (drag race ) on the Audi Q3 vrs Tiguan both 2ltr

    Symon MuyaSymon Muya26 dagar sedan
    • Don't follow the crowd. A hatch/car/bicycle is mutch better/cooler

      Helen BaylisHelen Baylis20 dagar sedan
  • Bad run on the S3.. Best CarWow Runs: Golf R: 3.95 Audi S3: 4.37

    Jason PearsJason Pears26 dagar sedan
  • Golf R so quick

    Djcurtnes With youDjcurtnes With you26 dagar sedan
  • For me vw is better looking ... i would choose the s3 only in sedan version

    Karlo AndrakaKarlo Andraka26 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    vomErstenvomErsten26 dagar sedan
  • I'm gonna get that golf r.. that thing is sick!!

    Tim WinchesterTim Winchester26 dagar sedan
  • Matt NOT Freeeking German Cars. I would rather poke my eyes out with fork than watch this video...PS It's not you Matt,

    Shakti ShaktiShakti Shakti26 dagar sedan