Compare 2009 Audi A3 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Audi A3
2008 BMW 3-Series
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $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 M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,035
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,920
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$449 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
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
City
21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
169.0 178.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
54.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.0
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P205/55R16
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
TFSI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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