Compare 2009 Volkswagen GTI vs 2009 Audi A3

2009 Volkswagen GTI
2009 Audi A3
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
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4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak Prem 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV Prem 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV S Line 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak Prem 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV Prem 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV S Line 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak S Line 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro Prem 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro S Line 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
4-Door HB AT S tronic 3.2L quattro S-Line 18 25 $34,387 $36,975
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,656
$25,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,230
$26,920
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$449 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience. The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wgn
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.2 88.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.3 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.7 58.8
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 77.4
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 4.0
Length, Overall (in)
165.8 169.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 19.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - 54.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.26 x 0.47 11.3 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)
12.28 x 0.98 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.11
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.01 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/45HR17 P225/45YR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/45HR17 P225/45YR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3100 3263
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 8.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
FSI TFSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 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
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.64 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 3.09
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen GTI Audi A3
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door HB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Four Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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