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!
    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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    1. Mat Watson Cars

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

      1. Jóhann Ingi

        The Golf R for sure

      2. Todd Stevens

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

      3. Manpreet Virk


      4. Ivan lee kai wen

        I will take both lol

      5. dug huff

        Golf. That Audi grille???

    2. Enlightened Pikachu

      The goflf r's steering looks like a bmw steering

    3. Enlightened Pikachu

      the golf r's front looks like a chevrolet bolt

      1. Enlightened Pikachu

        more specifically the headlights

    4. Mohd Aslam

      They didnt hit you this time when you said nurburgring..!!!😐

    5. Zach Edgerton

      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.

    6. James Hopkinson

      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

    7. gureno19

      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.

    8. Barry Duff

      Should it be RS3 V Golf R and Golf GTi v S3?

    9. Batemen

      the golf has always been an overpriced budged car

    10. Makka Donn

      So in a nutshell they are both boring as each other

    11. Brandon Laswiss

      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

    12. Hon Guo

      Can we have a link to your pants?

    13. Dana Tenžera

      Golf is max spec-ed top of the line,in that case the Audi has RS3 as top of the line.....

    14. Eddie Michael

      Matt,the Golf is better looking then that ugly ass Audi you presented.

    15. Marc Mawson

      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.

      1. Marc Mawson

        @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.

      2. Steve Cooper

        Archie Hamilton Racing dyno’d it to 339PS

    16. dougie miller

      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.

    17. Billal mabuza

      Mat bringing the Diesel Scandal 😢 😿 VW: Are u here to test cars or what

    18. DB Bluskies

      Audi is posher and more dynamic in appearance...VW at same price...prob the S3, then.

    19. Scott Glassner

      WHat is slap movie/scene at 2:57?

    20. kodfish1985 🇮🇪

      Alloy wheels are getting worse

    21. Kgabo Manamela

      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

    22. dudu mukanda

      I will go for the Audi S3

    23. trapped soul

      no one would choose a/s series over golf R

    24. Herling David Romero Adrianza

      I thought the redesign was so ugly at first but that Golf R design is growing on me


      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.

    26. Steve Hughes

      Would take the R in a hearbeat

    27. Sibjm

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

    28. Sibjm

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

    29. Mo Ghachame

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

    30. MassReport

      Damn, I may have to upgrade my 2017 GTI for the R...

    31. Muhammad Khalid

      plz matt make a video about those super sports suvs that beat sports cars and can also drift like drift cars plz matt.....

    32. kamran khan

      40k car and bonnet still manual 😂

    33. John Kelly

      In Ireland Golf R list price is €62.4K while the S3 is €55.5K. WTF......

    34. marenigga

      Hey, Mat! You should have gotten a kick in the ass, for saying... You know! :D I choose Audi. :)

    35. David Milenković

      How on earth did you evade the kick in aRSe for mentioning the Nirburgring? 😂

    36. butchmeister general

      Wrong wheels you showed on R upgrade they are the GTi 19s.

    37. Alan Johnston

      Vw/audi just not for me.

    38. Jesse Mcnamara

      They didn’t kick him for saying Nurburgring

    39. Abdelkader Baazi

      Hi mat do you review new 308 Peugeot

    40. Maor Roffe

      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.

    41. The Khaki Observer

      After a couple repairs on the Audi you'll need those plusher seats for your sore bum. I'd still take her though.

    42. Lifesloser

      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.

    43. Algerian_Cars

      VW GOLF MK8 R 🇩🇪🔥👿💪

    44. ButterMilkJesus

      The previous generations looked sooo much better. Volkswagen, Audi... Why?!

    45. R R

      The predecessors of these 2 are so much nicer in every way

    46. Imperial Sandora

      I feel like you wanted the Audi to be better so u didn’t care as much with the golf

    47. Daniel Santos

      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?!

    48. Matt Williams


    49. Bombadore Garage

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

      1. Car Wow

        T.h.a.n.k.s f.o.r w.a.t.c.h.i.n.g F.o.r m.o.r.e g.u.i.d.a.n.c.e +1......7.....0....4....4....4...4.....0....9 ...8.....8

    50. Naeem Gain

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

    51. word for word


    52. word for word


    53. Grant Muir

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

    54. Jurek

      but, there is an rs3 also xD

    55. Costacurta

      Disgusting critisism.

    56. Paul Baker

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

    57. Daniel Villafane

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

    58. angel tshabalala

      4 hailo

    59. 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!!!

    60. Audi RS3

      S3 is better everyday ans more beautiful

    61. 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

    62. 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😢😔

    63. Boikanyo Mahasha

      The Golf 8 has grown on me 😍🙈

    64. Sikander Uddin

      Mat sneak out a smack for say Nurburgring.. Haha

    65. Ahmed H

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

    66. 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.

    67. 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.

    68. Michael Hall

      Mat, you have to stop moaning about that stitching!

    69. 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.

    70. 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?

    71. Thorsten Fuchs

      Touch pads are cheeper...😐

    72. Master yon

      Never thought a golf r was better then an s3

    73. Symon Muya

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

      1. Helen Baylis

        Don't follow the crowd. A hatch/car/bicycle is mutch better/cooler

    74. Jason Pears

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

    75. Djcurtnes With you

      Golf R so quick

    76. Karlo Andraka

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

    77. 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.

    78. Tim Winchester

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

    79. 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,

    80. Nagata

      New Golf is hideous

    81. moizzkhan

      The Golf is growing on me

    82. Thabo Lekganyane

      The Audi for sure

    83. Carson Ho

      Stock wheels are ugly

    84. 04oceane1

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

    85. Rahim Kisoor

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

    86. Kiyam Ahmadi

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

    87. user

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

    88. Adam

      What was the 1/4 mile time?

    89. Bot Friend

      I want golf r but manual no not dsg a manual

    90. BASExKING

      2:56 lol wtf😂😂

    91. Stephen Kenyon

      He’s a right drama queen constantly over reacting

    92. LeonGamer 2.0

      As we Germans says: Wer bremst verliert

    93. steady bloke

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

    94. steady bloke


    95. Marshall C.T.

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

    96. takenxtx

      These cars are HUGE!

    97. 19ksxoulz

      No such word as”Posher”

    98. Dani Nothing

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

    99. XRB Performance

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

    100. Neo Hideo

      compare RS3, not S3