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Selected Style 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
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4-Door Sedan 320i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 18 27 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 18 27 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
2-Door Convertible 335i 23 33 $49,770 $54,100
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $56,210 $61,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $45,680 $49,650
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa SULEV 328i 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
4-Door Sedan RWD 320i 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 320i 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
4-Door Sedan AWD 320i xDrive 23 35 $31,785 $34,550
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,361
$29,945
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,270
$32,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$543 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury. The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagons Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.800 55.100
Front Leg Room (in) 41.200 42.000
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 34.800 35.100
Front Head Room (in) 39.300 40.300
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.400 55.100
Passenger Volume (ft³) 89.000 96.000
Second Head Room (in) 36.900 37.700
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.000 56.300
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.300 60.300
Wheelbase (in) 101.500 110.600
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.500 71.300
Track Width, Front (in) 60.300 60.300
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.300 5.500
Length, Overall (in) 169.000 182.500
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 19.500 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 39.000 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 17.000
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.000 x - TBD - 11.800 x - TBD -
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) 12.300 x - TBD - 12.300 x - TBD -
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) 14.500 15.800
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.200 15.100
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.100 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45R17 P225/50R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P225/50R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3219 3295
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.100 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 180 @ 5000
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 1250 - 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.990 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.090 - TBD -
Trans Order Code NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.940/3.090 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.100 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.930 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.360 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.470 - TBD -
Trans Type 6 8
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.110 - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
Summary
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name Audi A3 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Four Link 5-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 (2012) 6.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 (2012) - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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