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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,598 $32,900
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,598 $32,900
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,598 $32,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium N/A N/A $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus N/A N/A $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige N/A N/A $30,318 $32,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Coupe 228i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD 228i 23 36 $29,530 $32,100
2-Door Coupe RWD M235i 22 32 $39,650 $43,100
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets. The 2014 BMW 2-Series takes the former 1-Series Coupe into more mature, well-equipped, design-forward territory.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.4
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53 53.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.1
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 36.5
Second Leg Room (in) - 33
Front Leg Room (in) - 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.1 61.3
Wheelbase (in) 103.8 105.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 69.8
Track Width, Front (in) 61.2 59.9
Length, Overall (in) 175 174.5
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 55.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.7 -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 13.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36 35.6
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3175 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 170
Engine
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 199 @ 1600 255 @ 1250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 4500 240 @ 5000
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 36
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.90 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.46 4.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.91
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 2.11
Trans Type 6 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 3.14
Trans Order Code NA 2TB
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A3 BMW 2 Series
Body Style Sedan Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.8 (Est) 6.6 (Est)
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
 
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