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Selected Style 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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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
$25,361
$18,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,270
$19,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$318 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line A fuel-stingy new TDI engine and spruced-up appearance make the 2010 Audi A3 a very fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive, and practical compact choice. 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 Volume (ft³) 89 91.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
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) 4.3 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 Height (in) - - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 19.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 39.0 -
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
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) 35.1 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 HN8 NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code HN8 NA
Spare Tire Order Code HN8 NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45R17 P205/55HR16
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) 3219 3228
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - 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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 10
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 140
Engine
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
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System TFSI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A3 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door
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.) NA 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
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 -
 
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