Used test: Audi S1 vs Volkswagen Golf GTI - verdict

The Golf GTI has grown bigger and heavier over the years, so could the feisty little Audi S1 prove to be a better used hot hatch?...

Audi S1 vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

Our Verdict

Hot hatches are all about fun, and in some ways the Audi S1 doesn’t disappoint, with its powerful engine and four-wheel-drive system give it huge pace and traction.

However, the GTI’s quicker steering, better brakes and sweeter gearshift mean it’s more rewarding to drive quickly, while its supple ride, superior refinement and roomier interior and boot make it easier to live with. The fact that it’s also cheaper to buy and own merely seals the deal.

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1st – Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI front

For Gutsy engine; sharp handling; precise controls; spacious interior
Against Less traction and grip; dull engine note
Verdict Still one of the best all-round used hot hatches you can buy

What Car? says Five stars out of five

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2nd – Audi S1

Audi S1 front

For Storming pace; tight body control; classy interior; rarity
Against Bumpy ride; cramped rear seats; sloppy controls; worse mpg
Verdict Quick, but not as convincing as the GTI


What Car? says Four stars out of five

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Specification: Audi S1 2.0 TFSI quattro

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
List price when new £24,905
Price today £12,945*
228bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 273lb ft @ 1600-3000rpm
0-60mph 6.0sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 40.3mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 162g/km

Specification: Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TFSI

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
List price when new £26,330
Price today £12,083*
217bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 258lb ft @ 1500-4400rpm
0-60mph 6.1sec
Top speed 152mph
Fuel economy 47.1mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 139g/km

*Price today is based on a 2014 model with average mileage and full service history according to the What Car? Valuation service, correct at time of writing

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