Compare 2011 Audi A3 vs 2011 BMW 1-Series vs 2011 Porsche Boxster

2011 Audi A3
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2011 BMW 1-Series
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2011 Porsche Boxster
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
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2-Door Coupe 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $33,440 $36,350
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $37,400 $40,650
2-Door Coupe 19 26 $42,445 $46,135
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2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 19 27 $43,110 $48,100
2-Door Roadster S 19 26 $52,560 $58,600
2-Door Roadster Spyder 19 26 $55,440 $61,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,361
$27,095
$43,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,270
$29,450
$48,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$491 / month
$802 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway. Power, style, and attainable luxury are all part of the 2011 1-Series' repertoire, though the appearance and BMW's fourth-gen iDrive may not be everyone's cup of tea. The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Subcompact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.1 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 53.4 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.5 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 4 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 32.1 -
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 37.9 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 54.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89 86 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
168.9 172.2 172.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 56.0 50.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.4 68.8 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 58.3 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
39.0 - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.0 19.9
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 12.5 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.0 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 35.1 - TBD -
Steering Type
Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/50R17 P205/55ZR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/50R17 P235/55ZR17
Rear Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3219 3208 2943
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 70 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500 255 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Fuel System
TFSI Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750 214 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.65 1.40
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 1.00 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.93 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.45 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.09 3.23 3.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.23 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 0.84 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.32 3.66
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 1 Series Porsche Boxster
Body Style
4 Door HB 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four Link 5-Link MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 8.5 8.5

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