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Selected Style 2-Door HB
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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Invoice Price
$32,631
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$455 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
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
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 78.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.3
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 39.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.8 19.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 16.2
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size 225/40R18 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/40R18 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size Compact 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) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3325 3219
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
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
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
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 243 @ 2400 - 5200 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 256 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 21
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf R Audi A3
Body Style Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA NA
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 5
 
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