Compare 2009 Audi A3 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Audi A3
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV Prem 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV S Line 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak Prem 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak S Line 22 28 $26,413 $28,400
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro Prem 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro S Line 21 28 $28,366 $30,500
A3 4-Door HB AT S tronic 3.2L S-Line quattro 18 25 $34,387 $36,975
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV Prem 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV S Line 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak Prem 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
A3 4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line 21 30 $25,035 $26,920
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,413
$40,020
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,400
$43,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$473 / month
$725 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark. The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.9 84.2
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 31.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 55.3
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.4 70.2
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
169.0 180.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 54.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
54.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 9.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 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)
11.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.11 36.1
Steering Type
Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45YR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3307 3792
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
TFSI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.46 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
S tronic Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door HB 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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