Compare 2008 Saab 9-3 vs 2009 Audi A4

2008 Saab 9-3
2009 Audi A4
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 29 $27,108 $28,445
4-Door Wagon SportCombi 19 29 $28,223 $29,615
4-Door Sedan Aero 16 26 $33,559 $35,215
4-Door Wagon SportCombi Aero 16 26 $34,546 $36,250
2-Door Convertible 18 27 $38,077 $39,955
4-Door Sedan TurboX 16 24 $40,010 $41,765
4-Door Wagon SportCombi TurboX 16 24 $40,777 $42,565
2-Door Convertible Aero 16 26 $43,494 $45,640
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4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,108
$28,551
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,445
$30,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$474 / month
$512 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Although the 2008 Saab 9-3 isn’t as stylish and recognizable, it is a unique and stealthy alternative to more frequently seen small sport sedans. The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.2
Length, Overall (in)
182.9 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.0 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 16.9
Brakes
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)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.47
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)
11.1 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.18
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Servotronic
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.97 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P245/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P245/40R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3210 3527
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2500 258 @ 1500-4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5500 211 @ 5300-6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 30
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
MM3 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-3 Audi A4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar

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