Compare 2015 Audi A3 vs 2015 BMW 2-Series vs 2015 Porsche Cayman

2015 Audi A3
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2015 BMW 2-Series
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2015 Porsche Cayman
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2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
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2-Door Conv 228i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2 Series 2-Door Conv 228i RWD 23 34 $35,370 $37,900
2 Series 2-Door Conv 228i xDrive AWD 22 33 $37,025 $39,700
2 Series 2-Door Conv M235i RWD 21 32 $44,385 $47,700
2 Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD 23 36 $30,030 $32,100
2 Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD SULEV 23 36 $30,030 $32,100
2 Series 2-Door Coupe 228i xDrive AWD 23 35 $31,690 $33,900
2 Series 2-Door Coupe 228i xDrive AWD SULEV 23 35 $31,690 $33,900
2 Series 2-Door Coupe M235i RWD 21 32 $40,150 $43,100
2 Series 2-Door Coupe M235i xDrive AWD 20 30 $41,810 $44,900
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cayman 2-Door Coupe 20 30 N/A $52,600
Cayman 2-Door Coupe GTS 19 26 N/A $75,200
Cayman 2-Door Coupe S 20 28 N/A $63,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,108
$35,370
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,600
$37,900
$52,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$593 / month
$632 / month
$877 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets. The 2015 BMW 2-Series is a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with looks, handling, features, and speed that belie its entry-level positioning. The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars Two-Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 31.8 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.5 -
Passenger Capacity
4 4 2
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 37 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.7 42.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 40.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.4 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 48
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.9 60.1
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 105.9 97.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 55.6 50.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 61.3 60.5
Length, Overall (in)
175 174.7 172.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 69.8 70.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - 4.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 11.8 -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.4 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
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 12.3 12.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 35.8 36.4
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17 P265/45ZR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17 P235/45ZR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3384 3625 2888
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7 18 X 9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 170 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 340
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded H-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 255 @ 1250 213 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 2.7 L/165
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 240 @ 5000 275 @ 7400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34 30
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 3.14 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA 2TB NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.67 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.00 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.71 3.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.08 3.89
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 2.11 1.46
Trans Type
6 8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.29 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.29 3.33
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 2 Series Porsche Cayman
Body Style
Cabriolet Convertible Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 6.5 7.4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- -
Rollover Rating
- -

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