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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual
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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
2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,656
$25,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,230
$26,920
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$449 / month
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Small Station Wgn
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.0
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
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 169.0
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
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
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
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
Front Tire Size 225/45HR17 P225/45YR17
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
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 -
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
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
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
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94/3.09 3.09
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
Summary
Body Style 2 Door HB 4 Door HB
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI Audi A3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Four Link
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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