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2020 Audi A3 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

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2020 Audi
A3

MSRP*: $33,300 to $36,500
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2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $31,304 to $34,312 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 22 - 27 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 36 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 184-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 184 - 228 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 175.5 - 175.7 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 36.5 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Audi A3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A3.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi A3 as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Audi A3 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A3 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Audi A3 is about the same width as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. If you go with the Audi A3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Audi A3 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Audi A3 has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Audi A3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A3 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The Audi A3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.