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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe 128i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,705
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,200
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$455 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price. The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 32.0 34.8
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86.0 89.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 78.5
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.3
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 169.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 104.7 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 39.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 19.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
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) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14. 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 35.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3252 3219
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 70 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 140
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.10
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.32 3.36
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.66 1.47
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.94 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.46 2.09
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 3.94/3.09
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Body Style 2 Door Coupe Hatchback
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
 
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