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Selected Style 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
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4-Door Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5L Manual S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Automatic S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Manual SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Automatic SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.0T Manual SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Manual PZEV SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Automatic SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door 2.0T Automatic PZEV SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door 2.0L Manual TDI 30 41 $22,503 $23,870
4-Door 2.0L Automatic TDI 29 40 $23,602 $24,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,035
$18,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,920
$19,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$449 / month
$318 / month
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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. 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 30 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wgn Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.9 91.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.8 35.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.0 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 169.0 179.4
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
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 54.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 19.5 -
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 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (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) 11.3 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
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
Rear Tire Size P225/45YR17 P205/55HR16
Trailering
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 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3263 3228
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
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
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
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/151.0
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 30
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11 0.84
Summary
Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door
Vehicle Name Audi A3 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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