Eric's Autos: 2018 VW Golf
The A3, being a sedan, has 10 cubic feet of trunk that don't adjust, and you can't lay the second row flat.
The Golf also has a higher roofline and, therefore, has much more headroom in both its rows: 38.4 inches up front and 38.1 inches in the back versus the Audi's 36.5 inches up front and 36.1 inches in the back.
Its more compact overall dimensions -- 167.4 inches in length versus 175.5 for the A3 -- make it more friendly for tight parking spots.
The A3's strong suit is its sexier exterior styling, but that doesn't mean the Golf is frowsy -- particularly in terms of its handsome interior design and high-end amenities, which include a glass (not plastic) faced 8-inch Composition Media touch screen in the SE trims, as well as standard rain-sensing wipers in both trims.
The Bottom Line
There are lots of compact hatchbacks out there. The Golf is the only one with the pedigree of a German luxury car.
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