Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v VW Golf v Mercedes A-Class: which is best?

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When it comes to premium hatchbacks, it doesn’t get any better than this - BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 & Volkswagen Golf.
But when all four are so good, it can be pretty hard to decide which one is the perfect choice for you, right? Well, worry no more! Mat’s here to put each contender through their paces, comparing them to one another to find the must-have hatch of 2020!
The question is, which one would you pick? Join Mat for our all-new group test, and then COMMENT with your choice below the video!
00:00 Intro
00:29 Price
01:32 Exterior Design
03:33 Interior
07:58 Back Seats
11:35 Boots
14:30 Driving
19:05 Verdict
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  • They're four incredible hatchbacks, but if you could only have ONE, which would it be?! Let us know below!

    carwowcarwow3 أشهر قبل
    • Mercedes

      Karl RoadhouseKarl Roadhouse16 ساعات قبل
    • My choice would be a 2019 Audi A3 with the 1.8T motor. But assuming that isn't an option it would be between the Audi and BMW - and I'd probably lean ever so slightly towards the Audi. The Mercedes is probably the best all rounder, but the interior is far too hideous, and there is no way I could bear looking at it every day.

      PetePete4 أيام قبل
    • Mercedes cause then I could show off my non-existence richness

      Alvin AhammedAlvin Ahammed6 أيام قبل
    • Audi A3. Otherwise Mazda 3 or Seat Leon

      Lazaros KatsouromallisLazaros Katsouromallis7 أيام قبل
    • The a class

      JimitoJimito18 أيام قبل
  • More or less the old audi a3 is better than all four cars

    K CK C2 أيام قبل
  • The middle guy should stop drooling on his chest...

    SadBunnySadBunny3 أيام قبل
  • What about the Merc A "limo" version though (the sedan-y one)?

    SadBunnySadBunny3 أيام قبل
  • audi and volkswagen look the best

    fnvhkbe anvwoåafnvhkbe anvwoåa3 أيام قبل
  • All overpriced, keeping up with Mr and Mrs jones type people. Ford Focus is a far better car

    Matthew SmithMatthew Smith3 أيام قبل
  • I cant believe anybody could say the Mercedes interior is nicer then the god. I have a W204 C-Class and just was given an A200 as a loan car while it was in for a service - the interior is downright horrendous. Lots of cheap bits, and a downright horrible hodgepodge of design. - The door trims look like something Id expect to find on a Fiat 500 - The black glossy central part where the air vents are looks totally random and does not fit with the rest of the interior design at all - The "giant ipad" style of the display looks absolutely horrible In fact the only part that wasnt horrible was the transmission tunnel / center console area which is the only part that actually looks fit to be in a Mercedes-Benz. Unfortunate because the car itself actually drove quite nicely and for the most part was a pleasure to drive, but that interior lets in down in the worst way - and absolutely everbody I showed photos to of the interior agreed with me that it looked horrendous beyond words.

    PetePete4 أيام قبل
    • He said the BMW has the best interior, and that the Mercedes has the best interior design. Which I can see why, definitely looks the most radical.

      ItsMeYeah888ItsMeYeah8882 أيام قبل
  • You take fully loaded cars but the most basic golf

    Rajvosa97Rajvosa976 أيام قبل
  • Mercedes all day long!!

    Joe 90 Roll2003Joe 90 Roll20037 أيام قبل
  • guys please correct me if im wrong but how can you compare a3 sline to a low spec gold, shouldnt it be a r-line vs s-line?

    ashwho -ashwho -8 أيام قبل
  • All those cars are incredibly ugly.

    FreedomWarriorFreedomWarrior9 أيام قبل
  • これ日本語版やってほしい!

    あいうえお700あいうえお7009 أيام قبل
  • The German Accent is on point 😂😂😂😂👍🏼

    Vitus DräxlVitus Dräxl10 أيام قبل
  • The be golf is the best

    Faith JumaFaith Juma12 أيام قبل
  • It's just a bit biased,they all German. Other cars and countries are available.

    Claude GaskellClaude Gaskell14 أيام قبل
  • I really don't like screens

    Jacapo polJacapo pol14 أيام قبل
  • Omg that Mercedes interior is abysmal!! BMW looking good though 😍

    Ben MorganBen Morgan15 أيام قبل
  • Audi

    catalin casiancatalin casian15 أيام قبل
  • Audi is the most beautiful here, I just love it😍

    MatijaMatija16 أيام قبل
  • Did anyone notice that when he started typing carwow it said Carol Baskin.

    Simon WilkeySimon Wilkey16 أيام قبل
  • I hate automatic cars

    Oskar CarlsOskar Carls18 أيام قبل
  • A Class and the others don't even come close.

    argento_collectiblesargento_collectibles19 أيام قبل
  • Every time matt sees a mercedes. "Do you have a stick?"

    JazzJazz19 أيام قبل
  • Mercede a-class❤👍🔥👑

    Kushtrim LahuKushtrim Lahu20 أيام قبل
  • Volkswagen Golf ⛳ 😎 👌 🙌 😍

    O FinnyO Finny20 أيام قبل
  • German's cars are the best in the world !

    Guy BOLOUGuy BOLOU22 أيام قبل
  • Wait till the new BMW M1 arrives, then we will have a BMW hatchback rival for the Audi RS3 and Mercedes A45 S and the Volkswagen Golf R

    Kirsten CameronKirsten Cameron22 أيام قبل
  • No offense, but why are english speaking people always imitating Kermit when speaking with a german accent? I know a few germans have a strong accent, but i never heard one sounding like Kermit. As I said no offense, i'm just curious, as Tom Hanks for example made the accent also sounding like that.

    Benjamin WinklerBenjamin Winkler22 أيام قبل
  • Audi is basic eqipment. All other cars have a upgraded screens and automatic transmissions.

    vanzemaljac ludivanzemaljac ludi24 أيام قبل
  • the face is always looking at you .. weirding you out 🤣🤣

    BenBen26 أيام قبل
  • What cars have become? Ipads on wheels. Jeez... They're so boring. They're all the same.

    Draconior87Draconior8726 أيام قبل
  • Merc with nor-upgraded screens looks absolutely awful

    fra texfra tex26 أيام قبل
  • No sorry BMW it’s the best 🔥

    Milos PanicMilos Panic27 أيام قبل
  • 7:36 R.I.P. Gearbox

    19ua05 GS19ua05 GS28 أيام قبل
  • Hello mat..its awesome merce is more premium for me Its a sageous car.its fantastic love you bro spiritadly wow review indeed Omnipotent god bless you

    Viswanath NairViswanath Nair29 أيام قبل
  • I really like these reviews. Criticizing but not offending and still positive. And only slightly joking

    Fly with TB500Fly with TB50029 أيام قبل
  • Always Mercedes!!

    Emr GulkEmr Gulk29 أيام قبل
  • love our A class. we test drove the 1 series and the tech inside was really bad at a similar price point - it didnt even have a reversing camera!?

    Welcome CreatorWelcome Creatorأشهر قبل
  • 1:11 love this momment

    kaila mckeekaila mckeeأشهر قبل
  • So cutee

    Julie DouglasJulie Douglasأشهر قبل
  • Anyone still watch this video?

    nathalia consuelonathalia consueloأشهر قبل
  • Aclass interior from another planet!

    SyncSyncأشهر قبل
  • Alfa Giulietta... sorry I'm an Alfa man 😂

    AttaboyIIIAttaboyIIIأشهر قبل
  • Am i the only one that prefer a golf 7.5 instead of this new shit?

    SavaSavaأشهر قبل
  • I think i just felt in love

    Cianna WeathersCianna Weathersأشهر قبل

    Kevin of WessexKevin of Wessexأشهر قبل
  • Completely disagree with the Mercedes gear selector. It means that all functions for indicators, front and rear wipers along with headlight full beam is on the other stalk which is to cluttered. Much prefer to have wipers on a separate stalk.

    Cjbx11Cjbx11أشهر قبل
  • A natureza é maravilhosa

    mo bomo boأشهر قبل
  • Which is better? As always, when there is a BMW in the group, it becomes a rhetorical question. Of course it's the BMW. We all know that. The others are just extras to make the video longer.

    Real MReal Mأشهر قبل
  • cars are too expensive nowadays although they are better its still a lot of money

    Hugo KleynhansHugo Kleynhansأشهر قبل
  • Hey Matt, Love the German city names dance.. Please make a full music video with it..! :P Cheers

    indranil royindranil royأشهر قبل
  • Well yeah, that's what we expected

    nicole robertsnicole robertsأشهر قبل

    Serdar SeçkinSerdar Seçkinأشهر قبل
  • Audi looks like a Peugeot from the side

    Fariel SeradjyFariel Seradjyأشهر قبل
  • Carwow Austria?!

    XnaturXnaturأشهر قبل
  • I rather Ford Focus

    Fernando LopesFernando Lopesأشهر قبل
  • mazda 3

    Hawk eyHawk eyأشهر قبل
  • I’ll take the VW

    Noah BergNoah Bergأشهر قبل
  • 1:02 what is it?

    Suzy LoehrSuzy Loehrأشهر قبل
  • Who cares?

    mark tottonmark tottonأشهر قبل
  • vw the best !

    sultan7971sultan7971أشهر قبل
  • Audi all day long

    Orgest CekajOrgest Cekajأشهر قبل
  • They are all the same now.

    PhilPhilأشهر قبل
  • Vw it’s not posh car

    T PT Pأشهر قبل
  • This guy looks like if Will Buxton and Sir Jackie Stewart had a child

    Adrian Nando TribelliniAdrian Nando Tribelliniأشهر قبل
  • in its entirety the Golf 8 by distance!

    Vivian CodéeVivian Codéeأشهر قبل
  • 19:23 you're a man of culture i see

    Pedro MoreiraPedro Moreiraأشهر قبل
  • It would seem that when it comes to Prestigious, premium brand cars....Mercedes-Benz is always a cut above the rest!👌

    Jonathan LFC CortisJonathan LFC Cortisأشهر قبل
  • I love carwow's content a lot, but I don't value Matt's opinion on Mercedes because he's a "fanboy". He always forces it to be good where its not. How can it have the best practicality when its boot space is the least? C'mon Matt, you can do better

    Kid CipherKid Cipherأشهر قبل
  • The soft touch in the rear of the Audi missing is weird as the last 8V has it across the range , the Mk7 Golf never had it. The plastics lower down was best in class with nice feeling plastics , disappointed the Audi has dropped its finishes.

    Kavi4Kavi4أشهر قبل
  • I would've included the Seat Leon in this. But who am I?

    RAY NLRAY NLأشهر قبل
  • WAIT... How are you showing us how good these cars are for carrying 3 in the back? COVID-19!

    Bhuiyan KhalidBhuiyan Khalidأشهر قبل
  • The Golf has been in a group test like.... 3 times and this is the 4th time. Group tests the golf has been in: Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus vs Kia Ceed Volkswagen Golf vs Audi A3 Volkswagen Golf vs Audi A3 vs BMW 1 series vs Mercedes A-Class

    Bhuiyan KhalidBhuiyan Khalidأشهر قبل
  • In January 2020 I ordered a white A250 with Premium Plus Package. Forget the 1.3 engines! But due to the world going to sh*t - dealer has advised lead time is now March 2021! But I’ll wait. For me, it’s just a lovely car inside & out. ***Edit*** Dealer has called to say my new car is ready picking it up 15th October 2020! Can’t wait.

    Liem LiamLiem Liamأشهر قبل
    • @ismeto Thanks. No not the e, but A250 full on fossil fuel 🤷🏻🤫

      Liem LiamLiem Liamأشهر قبل
    • A 250 e ? congrat....

      ismetoismetoأشهر قبل
  • A class looking good,you is England people?

    QI HONGQI HONGأشهر قبل

    Milch ShakeMilch Shakeأشهر قبل
  • Any chance you could use the same segment of vehicle for a plug in hybrid test. I know the 1 series does not have one but A class and new A3 do.

    HE76HE76أشهر قبل
  • wow, very cool !

    Ruth InciongRuth Inciongأشهر قبل
  • I prefer the BMW cause it is a greatest car and got also a great tec too like the Mercedes but I like it's look better

    speed hunterspeed hunterأشهر قبل
  • BMW you just bias so you can make money u snake lol

    Mcdonald family McdonaldMcdonald family Mcdonaldأشهر قبل
  • Could u add how many liters/100km of fuel those cars use to ur videos?

    J13 JimmerJ13 Jimmerأشهر قبل
  • I love the Mercedes interior but that rear design is just blunt. Its just lazy design

    William CorreiaWilliam Correiaأشهر قبل
  • We need car wow South Africa

    Herman KhosaHerman Khosaأشهر قبل
  • I love A class

    Julien WallnerJulien Wallnerأشهر قبل
  • Hahaha! Migrainous face of golf 😂😂

    Veela VeelaVeela Veelaأشهر قبل
  • Definitely bmw ftw 🙌

    Lewis PaxLewis Paxأشهر قبل
  • 0:51 It’s not a problem, it’s a ME problem!

    Alden BrownAlden Brownأشهر قبل
  • IMO the Audi A3 just looks so much better than the competition.

    FreshgreshFreshgreshأشهر قبل
  • I wanna watch this video all day

    Katrina ConnorKatrina Connorأشهر قبل
  • Worlds best 4 are GERMAN!

    Hassan AwanHassan Awanأشهر قبل
  • How to import Mercedes A-class in Pakistan

    raja zubairraja zubairأشهر قبل
  • I choose none. They are over engineered rip off crap. Get me a Honda or Toyota.

    AWhileHanlinAWhileHanlinأشهر قبل
  • The Audi A3 looks quite cool but inside that dashboard looks like it was stacked up by a toddler! The Golf looks awesome when I saw it in the dealership and all the materials are very premium but on camera it looks quite terrible and cheap looking, weird!

    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwoodأشهر قبل
  • It’s the Mercedes for me

    Paris GreenParis Greenأشهر قبل
  • Mazda 3, better interior and better styling than any of these.

    John BradshawJohn Bradshawأشهر قبل
  • GOD the Audi looks terrific in the thumbnail 😍

    Sparsha BanikSparsha Banikأشهر قبل
  • Being comparable and actually competitive to the BBA makes the Golf a winner already.

    Lordy ChenLordy Chenأشهر قبل
  • They made the golf look cute :( used to look badass

    Strawberry JStrawberry Jأشهر قبل
  • Funny how matt never points out the fqke exhaust on the audi 🤔

    Zaid SalimZaid Salimأشهر قبل
  • The BMW is the best

    Pranav Duddi SeshadriPranav Duddi Seshadriأشهر قبل