Compare 2009 Audi A3 vs 2008 Volvo V50

2009 Audi A3
2008 Volvo V50
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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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4-Door Wgn 2.4L FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.4L FWD 20 28 $25,206 $26,815
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.4L FWD w/Snrf 20 28 $25,206 $26,815
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.5T AWD 18 26 $29,671 $31,565
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.5T AWD w/Snrf 18 26 $29,671 $31,565
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.5T FWD 19 27 $27,932 $29,715
V50 4-Door Wgn 2.5T FWD w/Snrf 19 27 $27,932 $29,715

Pricing

Invoice Price

$26,413
$25,206

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$28,400
$26,815

Monthly Payment Estimate

$473 / month
$447 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.2

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 Volvo V50 has the efficiency and compactness of a small car with the available safety features and poise of a larger sport wagon.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

28 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small Station Wgn Small Station Wagon

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 53.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

88.9 93

Second Leg Room (in)

34.8 34.4

Front Head Room (in)

39.3 38.9

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 50.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.4 55.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

37.0 38.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.8 54.1

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 41.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

58.8 60.3

Wheelbase (in)

101.5 103.9

Liftover Height (in)

27.0 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

77.4 69.7

Track Width, Front (in)

59.9 60.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.0 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

169.0 178.0

Height, Overall (in)

56.0 57.4

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- - TBD -

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

54.6 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

19.5 -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- 64.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

- 62.6

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- NA

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

- NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- 33.3

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

- 27.4

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- - TBD -

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 - 11.8 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 - 11.0 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 15.9

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.0 2.9

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.2 15.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.11 34.9

Steering Type

Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45YR17 P205/55R16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/45YR17 P205/55R16

Spare Tire Size

Compact - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 200

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 2000

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3307 3321

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD -

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

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 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

207 @ 1800-5000 170 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 2.4L/149

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

200 @ 5100-6000 168 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I5

Fuel System

TFSI EFI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

28 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 20

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

24 -

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.46 1.98

Trans Type

6 5

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.09 1.02

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA Geartronic

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.99 5.11

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.15 3.03

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.14 2.44

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.08 1.34

Trans Description Cont.

S tronic Automatic w/OD Automatic,

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.92 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.46 4.66

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A3 Volvo V50

Body Style

4 Door HB 5 Door Wagon

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Stabilizer Bar NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Four Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Stabilizer Bar NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 -

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