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2014 Audi A3 Sportback vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 R
The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces. A saving of that magnitude can’t be underestimated for budget-conscious performance car buyers. Subaru is not only making the STI more attainable, though, it’s also aiming to broaden the appeal of the Subaru Tecnica International version of the ‘Rex’. If that trademark sky-high rear wing has ever put you off buying one, you can, for the first time, have it deleted as an option. Why? Blame the Germans. Especially the Volkswagen Golf R, which has has stolen a march on the STI in recent times with its ability to fly under the radar and offer rapid, turbocharged all-wheel-drive performance. The latest-generation Volkswagen Golf R is likewise devoid of options – save for a DSG dual-clutch automatic that takes the RRP up $2500 to an STI Premium-matching $54,990. The Golf has always been a case of evolution rather than revolution, with Volkswagen unwilling to stray too far from its legendary formula, but the latest, seventh-generation model is in particularly good form. The question the new R needs to answer, however, is whether it can improve on its predecessor by being more than just a nice, flagship version of the famous German five-door and become a proper super-hatch. The first-ever Audi S3 sedan (which shares its platform with the Golf) joins our shoot-out as a wild card entry. Philosophically, it bridges the divide between hatch-only Golf and sedan-only STI by being a German sedan, but at $62,200, it is easily the most expensive here (choosing the S3 Sportback saves a few grand, though). Add metallic paint ($1150), the S performance package ($4990) and panoramic sunroof ($1950), and you’re suddenly looking at a lofty $70,290. It’s the most luxurious vehicle in this group but we need to find out whether the extra luxury, coated with a serious dusting of sporting credentials, is worth the price premium or if it dilutes the driving experience The Audi claims the ‘comfort’ award overall. On rough country backroads, the S3 is the most assured, slightly more controlled than the Golf in its softest setting yet just as absorbent around town. It’s here in this environment that all three testers find ever more convincing ways to explain away the price premium. At the other end of the divide, though, the Volkswagen’s ‘Race’ mode is significantly firmer than the Audi’s firmest setting, though there isn’t much between them with the middle ‘Auto’ setting in each, which strikes a balance favoured by all three testers. Despite using the same engine, the S3’s note has a real subtlety to it, where the Golf has a deep burble at idle and through the rev range. CarAdvice deputy editor Dan DeGasperi was the first to remark that the Golf R’s throttle seemed sharper than the S3’s and nobody argued. It’s a subtle difference, but at speed the Golf R has the ability to sweep through a corner rapidly with lighter throttle inputs. In outright handling terms there isn’t a lot to split the Golf R and S3 aside from the difference between the two cars’ stiffest settings. The Golf R’s handling is nothing short of astonishing. Where you’d expect the STI to be the driver’s weapon of choice of this trio in the twisty stuff, it’s the nimble VW that is the star. It’s also a weapon in a straight line, and the R’s engine continues its emphasis on sportiness with a deeper note than the S3’s through the rev range.

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