Audi A3 2006 vs Volkswagen Golf Plus 2005

Audi A3
2006 - 2008
Volkswagen Golf Plus
2005 - 2009
Body: HatchbackMinivan / MPV
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.8 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 160 HP102 HP
Torque: 250 NM148 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.2 seconds12 seconds
Audi A3 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A3 engine produces 58 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf Plus, whereas torque is 102 NM more than Volkswagen Golf Plus. Thanks to more power Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 3.8 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 7.47.7
Real fuel consumption: 8.2 l/100km8.0 l/100km
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.3 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf Plus, which means that by driving the Audi A3 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 45 litres of fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, Audi A3 consumes 0.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf Plus.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 740 km in combined cycle710 km in combined cycle
670 km with real consumption680 km with real consumption


Average engine lifespan: 320'000 km480'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volkswagen Golf Plus engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 1 years10 years
Engine spread: Used only for this carInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Touran, Audi A3
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Volkswagen Golf Plus might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.29 m4.21 m
Width: 1.76 m1.76 m
Height: 1.42 m1.58 m
Audi A3 is 8 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf Plus, width is practically the same , while the height of Audi A3 is 16 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres395 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1120 litresno data
Volkswagen Golf Plus has more luggage space.
Despite its longer length, Audi A3 has 25 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf Plus. This could mean that the Audi A3 uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable.
Turning diameter: 10.7 meters10.8 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A3 is 0.1 metres less than that of the Volkswagen Golf Plus.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9051`200
Safety: no datano data

Volkswagen Golf Plus has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Audi A3 has serious deffects in 35 percent more cases than Volkswagen Golf Plus, so Volkswagen Golf Plus quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 34003200
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
Volkswagen Golf Plus has
  • timing belt engine
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
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