VW Golf R vs. Audi S3 vs. Mercedes A45 AMG – English subtitled
VW Golf R vs. Audi S3 vs. Mercedes A45 AMG – English subtitled

Almost 1.5 years ago, Audi presented a new S3. It had more power than the previous S3: 300 PS, and Quattro. This is it’s sister model, the 300 PS Golf R. No longer a 6-cylinder engine, but like the Audi a 2.0 4-cyl. 300 PS used to be a lot, but perhaps those days are gone. A new 911 Carrera deliveres 350 PS, less than this A 45 does. Question is: does that make it better than the other 2? Let’s start in the Audi S3, the oldest model of the 3. Partially, this is the best car, for it offers the nicest interior and most comfort. That doesn’t make it dull, especially in ‘Dynamic’ setting, which influences steering, engine, gearbox and suspension. In ‘Dynamic’, this car is incredibly fast. No matter how hard I push the limits, there’s always grip. Very clever. It is quite safe, you can’t oversteer it like the others. But compared to the previous S3 it’s way better in every aspect. During the introduction of this A 45 AMG I said… “It’s hard to define this car, judging it takes a lot of time” Today I have the same feeling: very hard to assess. It’s by far the most brutal car of the 3. The suspension is very firm, and not adjustable. Its lack of comfort makes it unsuitable for longer distances. This is the haviest of the 3 cars, but it feels like the lightest. However, engine and suspension make it very uncivilized, so it doesn’t feel like a smooth driving machine. In this wheater, and on winter tires, there’s a lot of understeer. So it doesn’t give much confidence. Surprisingly, in this wheater it isn’t faster than Golf and S3. The powertrains of Golf and S3 are the same, but there are small differences in driving. I think DSG-gearbox is way better than the Mercedes-DCT. This DSG does always exactly what you want, when you want it. As I said, there are differences between VW and Audi. In the Audi, the steering is the biggest drawback. For the first time, the Golf-steering is very sensitive. In corners, this car is more fun than the more serious Audi. It’s even possible to slide it round corners with a little oversteer. It has the same tires as the Mercedes, but doesn’t understeer It’s more comfortable than the Mercedes, but surprisingly sporty. The A 45 AMG needs a track or very smooth road to be the fastest, but in this wheather, it simply isn’t. This new Golf R is way more fun than its predecessors, the best since the first Golf R32. There’s a big gap between this car and the Golf GTI, like it should be. Looking at the prices, i noticed something interesting. The Golf is yours from 50000 euro’s, this example 59000. It’s pretty well equipped as standard. A standard Audi S3 is 51000 euro, about the same as the Golf, but with some desirable options, it’s 68700 euro, a huge difference. It gets worse with the Mercedes: base-price 59200, this example 78000 That’s quite a lot for a hot hatch. Some options on this car: alcantara steering wheel, 1100 euro. These seats, 2100 euro… and the AMG Performance exhaust of 700 euro. It’s the most spectacular of the 3, but not worth the price gap. In terms of value-for-money, the Golf is unbeatable. It’s the cheapest, but it can keep up with the others.

90 thoughts on “VW Golf R vs. Audi S3 vs. Mercedes A45 AMG – English subtitled”

  1. Aad1 says:

    Erg goeie video weer! Roy blijft toch mijn favoriete reviewer. Scherp, to the point en duidelijk. Top!

  2. Ying Ho Ting says:

    Golf blijft uber Gti te zijn! Knap en zoals t hoort. Snap niet bij AMG, dat je maar in afstelling hebt op t onderstel= knoerthard! Gemiste kans…

  3. T-Amsterdam says:

    Voor die prijzen zijn er wel snellere autos te krijgen volgens mij?

  4. mcheddadi says:

    ENGLISH SUBS ! ! !

  5. Gerald Otto says:

    Waarom wordt de BMW 135im Hatchback nergens mee vergeleken. Volgens mij is dat ook een hete hatch?

  6. Jeroen den Otter says:

     Leuke review! Zou zelf ook voor de R gaan omdat die op forza heb

  7. djweetos says:

    Mooie scherpe analyse Roy!
    Alle drie heerlijke auto's. Maar 80 mille voor een A klasse blijft absurd.

  8. Oskar de Jonge says:

    "Die A45 klinkt als een zeehond met kinkhoest."

  9. mstiic says:

    Heerlijke video!! Goed bezig AutoWeek ga zo door!

  10. mstiic says:

    Heerlijke video!! Goed bezig AutoWeek ga zo door!

  11. gijsbert ebbers says:

    waar is de bmw m135i? die past ook goed in dit rijtje!

  12. AutoWeek says:

    International viewers, we added English subtitles. Enjoy!

  13. Richardoati says:

    Drie auto's met kinkhoest. Zou ze alle 3 nooot kopen. Die dubbelekoppeling shitbakken. Wat een lelijk geluid!

  14. Ramon Schuiling says:

    Jammer dat die Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG zo verschrikkelijk duur is… 

  15. Mr Lionwool says:

    Geef mij die S3 maar, wolf in schaapskleren;-)

  16. KoosSpeeTerreur says:

    Leuk hoor die opgefokte Golf. Maar mijn Megane RS met een chipkuurtje van €600 heeft ook 310pk. Dan ben je voor 40 mille klaar en heb je gegarandeerd meer lol!

  17. Ahmad Lebanon says:

    a45 amg is best

  18. BMWPower says:

    Thankyou for adding the English subtitles,much appreciated.

  19. Gv dd says:

    I love my Focus RS , veel goedkoper en een stage 1 , 342 pk en 560 nm .

  20. braadei says:

    Hello everybody, the a54 amg sounds like a seal with kankhoest

  21. toyotacelicat23 says:

    Heerlijke review! 3 heerijke hothatches!

  22. 234jari234 says:

    Geen BMW M135? Zou er eigenlijk wel bij moeten zitten.

  23. D.K. says:

    Waarom nemen jullie de Audi S3 en niet de RS3? Dat zou toch een betere concurrent zijn voor de A45 AMG.

  24. AMG LOVER says:

    A45 AMG all the way!!!

  25. andred gb says:

    its interesting you indicate  a gap between the R and GTI but one channel did a track test (admittedly on different days) and the GTI (may have been with performance pack option fitted) was faster.

  26. SumkindaHuman says:

    Golf r for me.

  27. Dmitry Yakobchuk says:

    Ok. Who wants now WRX STI which costs 80 000 EURO in NL

  28. Adam Dymovský says:

    audi for me

  29. savvas x says:

    AUDI S3 all the way

  30. Mind Made Designs - DIY says:

    Nice Golf

  31. Timmy W says:

    A45 is higher level than other two.

  32. Marijo Vuzem says:

    VW Golf <3

  33. Thorben Rapp says:

    BASE PRICE MERC: 49.980!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. E-BERI R6S says:

    1. Golf R ist the best!
    2. Audi S3!
    3. Mercedes Classe A45 AMG//

  35. kraenk12 says:

    Why are these so expensive in the Netherlands? Here in Germany the Cholf R starts at 38.325 Euro.

  36. alpinaB12coupe says:

    You Dutch people are cool for putting subtitles for people who doesn't speak your language. 

  37. Sérgio Gonçalves says:

    Great review. Regards from Portugal. 

  38. Dannot101 says:

    Roland een spraakverbod opleggen en Roy voortaan de filmpjes laten maken. Scheelt minimaal 10 vergelijkingen met wilde dieren, de zeehond is je vergeven.

  39. TheZizou0505 says:

    Jong de amg is de beste

  40. Mohanad A-k says:

    Damn Where is The ///M135i

  41. gamernl97 says:


  42. The Truth says:

    A45 is king

  43. The Truth says:

    A45 is king

  44. The Truth says:

    A45 is king

  45. The Truth says:

    A45 is king

  46. Frank C. Michelson says:

    Have winter tyres on the AMG is a crime!!. Let its Dunlop Sport Maxx as standard and use your Skoda on winter!!! 

  47. Zangempi says:

    Golf seven for me.

  48. Alaatin61 says:

    Check my channel for more volkswagen and audi and mercedes. I filmed the Golf R in Red Black and Blue. The Audi in black. The AMG in white and black

  49. Joaquin Coronado says:

    Its a shame we don't get this Mercedes Hot Hatch in America…

  50. Vincent says:

    Clearly golf R won, and A class is worst one…

  51. ANCprojects says:

    i didnt know the cars are soo expensive over there. In Poland basic golf R starts at about 35000 eur

  52. Joel D says:

    Thanks. I'll be getting a Golf R. Sure, it's $38k or so here bit the 45 is gonna be $15k more stock. APR stage 1 gets 360+ hp ECU only.

  53. ♫ diti ♫ says:

    nice comparision. at first i watched for A45, but now i changed my mind, GOLF R seems cooler

  54. Olivier Pfiffner says:

    AMG for me 🙂

  55. 29reload says:

    The volvo v40 should have been in this line up.

  56. Iwo says:

    I'm so glad I live in US..  for 50.000euro I can buy here 911 S

  57. Marco Vande says:

    I want the "R"

  58. christian white says:

    I will take the S3 but change the front grill, cant stand the horizontal lines, change it to rs honeycomb or standard.

  59. justYouDaNcE says:

    78000 euros for an A Class??? WHAT THE FUCK for that price I'd buy a fucking CLS!!!

  60. Babel368 says:

    Auto's in Nederland zijn ranzig duur. Hoe kan je dit bekostigen met een normaal loon?

  61. Gliese 380 says:

    Cars in the NLs are around 20% more expensive than in my own Belgium, so don't think all of Europe pays that much. Same with fuel and such.

  62. Gideon Buurma says:

    60000 voor een Golf of een A3. Dan moet je wel echt een kronkel in je kop hebben

  63. Sale_Shark says:

    Great film and review and thanx for putting the true prices !!!
    I'll take a 3 door Golf R in Blue with DSG as it does rain in the UK and Ireland !!!
    Thanx for the English Subtitles !!!

  64. Andile Gumede says:

    does anyone know name of the song at 6:41?

  65. ThPappas says:

    Thank you very much.

  66. Carl Johnson says:

    The audi rs3 will be comming

  67. jimmy Van rossen says:

    Near 80k for the AMG that's GTR money… just saying…

  68. Ntsako Maphophe says:

    is this an A45 bash video?

  69. Arash Memarzadeh says:

    There's a whole paragraph of talking but only one line of subtitles in many scenes! Great review though.

  70. Christos Vasiliou says:

    or u can get it for just 2 years used and pay the half .. :S

  71. Robert Hünker says:

    Alle 3 belachelijke auto's helemaal als je naar de prijs kijkt.

  72. MrLoose26 says:

    I guess i just figured out why ppl rather ride bikes in the neds .. 

  73. Michal Orzechowski says:

    I'm for AMG. It looks better 🙂

  74. krampp24 says:

    so they are test two cars that are made by the same company… against 1 merc hmmmmm ……

  75. JRNexGen says:

    Mercedes obviously has a lot to learn about refinement in a hot hatch.  Talk about trying to rip customers off.  Here is a real test…………park all 3 cars outside and exposed during a hail storm and lets see which car gets the least panel damage.  All I know is that  my friends Audi S3(previous model) survived without having one single dent when golf sized hails rained down for about 5 mins but the Hyundai i30 parked next to it was totally annihilated, windows smashed and flooded.

  76. BM W says:

    ABOUT TIME!!! 😀

  77. Jasper Penris says:

    mocht deze jongen ooit het geld hebben, komt er absoluut een Golf R voor de deur! Heerlijke auto zeg. ik lees overal niets dan goeds. stuurgevoel en allroundheid hebben schijnbaar een grote sprong voorwaarts gemaakt. ook erg knap hoe ze de Golf zoveel anders dan de S3 hebben kunnen laten rijden/sturen. Kudos VW. de A45 valt een beetje weg tussen de andere 2 eerlijk gezegd.

  78. Filemon Jonathan says:

    maybe next time u shud use the a45 4matic instead of the standard a45 to feel its superiority.

  79. Max Mustermann says:

    How much is the s3 more comfortable than the Golf r?

  80. Stephen Peacock says:

    Well presented and concise review, thanks for adding the subtitles. The review has definitely added new perspective to my decision

  81. g gawron says:

    nice cars,sick price list compare to states…

  82. JR F says:

    Conclusion: Golf delivers more for your money.

  83. Jon B says:

    Where are the English subtitles please?

  84. Lasse Bauer says:

    Durr Hrvolkswhhhraarragen Hrrolf Errr. WTF?

  85. han meyer says:

    ondanks de prijs zou ik toch voor de a45 gaan!

  86. Selim T says:

    Wrm geen rs3 ipv s3

  87. Appie Appie says:

    Wat een nepperd zeg die gozer

  88. Martijn Langeveld says:

    Geen twijfel, aangezien de M135i niet bij de test zat, zou ik direct voor de Golf kiezen. Zeker na Roy's commentaar op capabilty tov de andere 2 en de prijs. En nog de mooiste ook samen met de Audi.
    (MB foeilelijk, brrrr…..sorry guys)

  89. Giovanni Cioffi says:

    Golf R power 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

  90. han meyer says:

    Vind de a classe wel de mooiste! Maar de audi mag er ook wel zijn! Een golfje heb ik helemaal niks mee!!

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