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Selected Style 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
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4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi N/A N/A $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,035
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,920
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$449 / month
$545 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wgn Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.9 93.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.8 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 55.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in) 27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.4 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 169.0 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 19.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 54.6 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.11 36.1
Steering Type Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45YR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45YR17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3263 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System TFSI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.93 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 4.32
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.09 3.23
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A3 BMW 3 Series
Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Four Link 5-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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