Compare 2012 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2012 Audi A3

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
2012 Audi A3
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2-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,631
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
41.7 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
51.2 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 89.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 4.3
Length, Overall (in)
165.8 169.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.7 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.0 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.8 19.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 39.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.9 11.0 x - TBD -
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)
13.6 x 1.2 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
225/40R18 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/40R18 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3325 3219
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
256 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 2400 - 5200 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 30
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.24/3.27 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.47
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf R Audi A3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 7.8

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