Compare 2018 Audi A3 vs 2018 BMW 2-Series

2018 Audi A3
2018 BMW 2-Series
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium Plus N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Prestige N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium Plus N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
RS 3 2.5 TFSI S Tronic 19 28 $51,058 $54,900
S3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Prestige 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
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230i Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2 Series 230i Convertible 24 34 $38,400 $40,750
2 Series 230i Coupe 24 35 $33,005 $34,950
2 Series 230i xDrive Convertible 23 33 $40,260 $42,750
2 Series 230i xDrive Coupe 24 33 $34,865 $36,950
2 Series M240i Convertible 21 30 $47,045 $50,050
2 Series M240i Coupe 21 30 $42,770 $45,450
2 Series M240i xDrive Convertible 21 30 $48,905 $52,050
2 Series M240i xDrive Coupe 21 30 $44,630 $47,450
M2 Coupe 18 26 $51,185 $54,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,666
$38,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,350
$40,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$639 / month
$679 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less. The 2018 BMW 2-Series is a competent coupe with plenty of power—even in base trim.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.5
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
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 31.8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 105.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 61.3
Length, Overall (in)
174.1 174.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 69.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 11.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3428 3680
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
320 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 170
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 1600 258 @ 1450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
186 @ 4400 248 @ 5200
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 5.00
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.77 2.81
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 2.14
Trans Type
7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.31
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 3.46
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.75 3.20
Trans Order Code
NA 2TB
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.64 0.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 1.72
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.64
Summary
Body Style
Cabriolet Convertible
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Cabriolet BMW 2 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
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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