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2009 Audi A3
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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 HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
GTI 2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
GTI 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,413
$22,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,400
$24,330
Monthly Payment Estimate
$473 / month
$406 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
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 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.9 94.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.4 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
169.0 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.8 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
54.6 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
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 - 11.26 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.11 35.8
Steering Type
Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45YR17 225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45YR17 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3307 3151
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.4 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
TFSI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.46 1.46
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.98
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.14 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
S tronic Automatic w/OD DSG w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.46
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
4 Door HB 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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