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Selected Style 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 21 29 $24,115 $25,930
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 21 29 $24,115 $25,930
4-Door HB Automatic DSG FrontTrak 22 29 $25,491 $27,410
4-Door HB Automatic DSG FrontTrak *Ltd Avail 22 29 $25,491 $27,410
4-Door HB Automatic DSG FrontTrak PZEV 22 29 $25,491 $27,410
4-Door HB Automatic DSG quattro S-Line 18 25 $32,471 $34,915
4-Door Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Manual S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Automatic S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Manual SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.5L Automatic SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.0L Manual TDI 30 41 $22,503 $23,870
4-Door 2.0L Automatic TDI 29 40 $23,602 $24,970
4-Door 2.0T Manual PZEV SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Manual SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Automatic PZEV SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door 2.0T Automatic SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,115
$18,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,930
$19,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$432 / month
$318 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Audi A3 is more than an upscale Volkswagen Rabbit, thanks to its fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark. It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wgn Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.8 35.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.9 91.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.4 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.0 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 168.7 179.4
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 101.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 54.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 12.4 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 32.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 66.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.2 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.11 35.8
Steering Type Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P225/45YR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45YR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3263 3228
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4 10
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 140
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/151.0
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System TFSI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.36
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.09 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.93 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A3 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Four Link Multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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