Compare 2015 Audi A3 vs 2013 Buick Verano

2015 Audi A3
2013 Buick Verano
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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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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 21 32 $22,156 $23,080
4-Door Sedan Convenience Group 21 32 $23,400 $24,375
4-Door Sedan Leather Group 21 32 $25,684 $26,755
4-Door Sedan Premium Group 21 30 $27,940 $29,105
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,808
$22,156
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$23,080
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$385 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
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. Comfortable, well-appointed and inexpensive on the luxury-car scale, the 2013 Buick Verano is a mild performer--that is, until the turbo T arrives later this year.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53 52.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 34.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 95.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 105.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.3
Length, Overall (in)
175 183.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 58.4
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 14.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.5 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
- Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 15.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 36.0
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.5
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RJ0
Front Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P235/45R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA RJ0
Spare Tire Order Code
NA ZAD
Rear Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P235/45R18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3175 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 x 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 512
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 171 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA LEA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 180 @ 6700
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 21
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.58
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.23
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.91
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA MH8
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/Manual Shift
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Buick Verano
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- 1.00
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- N/A
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 (Est) 7.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 7.5
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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