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2021 Audi A5 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2021 Audi
A5

MSRP*: $41,800 to $44,000
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $39,292 to $41,360 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 24 - 25 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 - 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 10.9 - 21.8 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 201 - 261 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 184.9 - 187.2 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 72.6 - 72.7 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.3 in
Rear 32.7 - 35.1 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 37.8 in
Rear 36.1 - 37.0 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
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 Golf GTI than the Audi A5, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Audi A5 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Audi A5 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 A5 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 A5 will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
Since the Audi A5 is much wider than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Audi A5, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Audi A5 has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Audi A5 has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Audi A5 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A5 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Audi A5 has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Audi A5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.