Compare 2008 Audi A3 vs 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

2008 Audi A3
2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV
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
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4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
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
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Wagon
Interior Dimensions
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 -
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.4 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 60.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
54.6 -
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 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 32.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
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
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3228
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 10
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
TFSI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/151.0
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 170 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door HB 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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