Compare 2015 Audi A3 vs 2014 BMW 2-Series

2015 Audi A3
2014 BMW 2-Series
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4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige
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 FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
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 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
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
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2-Door Coupe RWD 228i
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,808
$29,530
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$32,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$535 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
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
City
23 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53 53.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 33
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.5
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.9
Length, Overall (in)
175 174.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 105.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 13.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.3
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)
10.7 11.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P205/50HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P205/50HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3175 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 170
Engine
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
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 255 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 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 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 2TB
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Coupe
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 2 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 (Est) 6.4
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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