Battle of the Premium Hatchbacks - used Volkswagen Golf vs used Audi A3

Gold VW Golf travelling towards the right on a tree-lined road

A premium car is definitely a status symbol, but you don’t have to drive a saloon or SUV to gain road presence. A good-quality hatchback, such as an Audi A3 or Volkswagen Golf, can make just as much of an impression on the roads. Throw in the easy handling and excellent economy of a hatchback, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic drive.

Buying a used Audi A3 or a used Volkswagen Golf from Autostore is a great way to get your hands on a premium brand car, inspected to the highest standards, at a fraction of the cost. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to choose? Join us for the battle of the premium hatchbacks - used Volkswagen Golf vs used Audi A3


Front interior of an Audi A3

As far as looks are concerned, a used Audi A3 and a used VW Golf provide something for everyone, with the Audi sporting a sharper look and sweeping indicators while the VW’s more curvy lines and simpler design will appeal to those looking for understated quality. 

Inside, it’s the Golf that perhaps has the more modern design, although both hatchbacks have a good finish with tactile materials. The Audi’s pop-up infotainment system is very easy to use and does include sat nav as standard, but the Volkswagen has the edge when it comes to hands-free functionality. 


When driving, both cars handle equally well, probably due to the fact that the Audi A3 and VW Golf actually share some similar parts, thanks to being part of the same manufacturing group. You’ll get the same good grip at corners and responsive steering that you would expect from these quality car brands.

Litre for litre, however, you’ll find that the used VW Golfs have more reactive engines than the used Audi A3s, with the 1.6 TDI Golf capable of 0-62mph in 10.1 sec, more than half a second faster than the 1.6 TDI Audi A3. This might not seem like much but is an indication that the Audi is a slightly heavier and longer car than the VW.


Silver Audi A3 travelling towards the right on a tree-lined road.

All trim levels of the Audi A3 have the same high quality suspension throughout the range but you may have to have to pay a little extra for premium suspension on the VW Golf.

Both cars have similarly generous rear headroom and legroom, even in the rear seats which also offer a good view from the windows. The luggage space is the same for both hatchbacks at 380 litres with seats up but the Golf pips the Audi to the post with an additional 50 litres when the seats are down - 1270 litres, compared to the A3’s 1220 litres.


With Audi being perceived as a more glamorous brand than Volkswagen, you’d expect the A3 to have a higher price tag than the Golf. And indeed this is the case when buying new. Go for a used Audi A3 or a used Volkswagen Golf and you’ll discover the opposite, such is the popularity of the VW golf.

Front interior of VW Golf.

For running costs, you’ll find that the Audi A3 claims two or three additional miles per gallon over the VW Golf, on both diesel and petrol engines and is therefore slightly cheaper to get from A to B. It’s a case of swings and roundabouts, however with Insurance costs falling in favour of the VW Golf (class 7-20) compared to the Audi A3 (class 14-25).

Buying a used Audi A3 for sale at Autostore could mean a saving of up to £14k on a brand new, Audi A3 sportback SE Technick (basic trim) or you could buy a used Volkswagen Golf for sale at Autostore up to £11k cheaper than a brand new entry level VW Golf S model. Of course if you really want to push the boat out, you can always plump for the sporty, higher  specs in a VW Golf GTI Performance or Audi RS3 which will both come with a higher price tag, lower mpg and increased insurance costs.

Audi A3 vs VW Golf? It’s a really tough one to call. Which is why you’ll find that most drivers will have an allegiance to one brand or the other - it’s all down to personal preference. We hope we’ve given you a little introduction to both models, now we highly recommend trying before buying your next car. Take a trip to your nearest Autostore showroom in Penrith or Lancaster to discover all of the used Audi A3s and used Volkswagen Golfs we have to offer.

Take a look; take a test drive; only you can decide...


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