Compare 2020 Audi A3 vs 2021 BMW 2-Series vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz A Class

2020 Audi A3
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2021 BMW 2-Series
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2021 Mercedes-Benz A Class
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Premium 40 TFSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan Premium Plus 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
A3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
RS 3 Sedan 2.5 TFSI 19 28 $52,828 $56,200
S3 Sedan S line Premium 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
S3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
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228i Gran Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2 Series 228i Gran Coupe 24 33 $33,700 $35,700
2 Series 228i xDrive Gran Coupe 23 33 $35,560 $37,700
2 Series 230i Convertible 23 33 $39,420 $41,850
2 Series 230i Coupe 25 32 $33,885 $35,900
2 Series 230i xDrive Convertible 21 30 $41,280 $43,850
2 Series 230i xDrive Coupe 21 30 $35,745 $37,900
2 Series M235i xDrive Gran Coupe 23 32 $42,815 $45,500
2 Series M240i Convertible 21 30 $47,885 $50,950
2 Series M240i Coupe 21 30 $43,605 $46,350
2 Series M240i xDrive Convertible 21 30 $49,745 $52,950
2 Series M240i xDrive Coupe 21 30 $45,465 $48,350
M2 Competition Coupe 18 24 $55,275 $58,900
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A 220 4MATIC Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A-Class A 220 4MATIC Sedan 25 34 $33,511 $35,650
A-Class A 220 Sedan 25 36 $31,631 $33,650
A-Class AMG A 35 4MATIC Sedan 22 29 $43,099 $45,850

Pricing

Invoice Price

$31,304
$33,700
$33,511

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$33,300
$35,700
$35,650

Monthly Payment Estimate

$555 / month
$595 / month
$594 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.7
6.0
6.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash. No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a cheap way to get into the three-pointed star’s lineup, but it doesn’t skimp on much.

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Fuel Economy

City

27 mpg 24 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 33 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 55.5 55.1

Second Leg Room (in)

35.1 34.4 33.9

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 41.4 41.8

Second Head Room (in)

36.1 38.2 37.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53 53.1 54

Front Head Room (in)

36.5 39.8 40.3

Front Hip Room (in)

- - 57.4

Second Hip Room (in)

- - 56.9

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in)

175.5 178.5 179.1

Height, Overall (in)

55.7 55.9 56.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.1 61.5 60.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.8 105.1 107.4

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 70.9 70.7

Track Width, Front (in)

61.2 61.5 61.7

Liftover Height (in)

- - 26.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.3 12 8.6

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 - 12.6

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 - 11.6

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA - NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 13.2 13.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 37.4 36.1

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P225/40HR18 P225/45VR17 P205/55HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA 927 R02

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/40HR18 P225/45VR17 P205/55HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA 927 R02

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3197 3393 3395

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 17 X 7.5 17 X 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 17 X 7.5 17 X 6.5

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

320 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

320 - 115

Engine

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

221 @ 1600 258 @ 1450 221 @ 1600

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

184 @ 4300 228 @ 5000 188 @ 5800

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 24 25

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 28 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 33 34

Transmission

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.75 3.18 10.04

Trans Order Code

UG 205 NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.93 1.49 4.34

Trans Description Cont.

Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.76 1.00 2.51

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.40 5.52 15.95

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.12 2.96 -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.77 2.05 6.36

Trans Type

7 8 7

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.64 0.80 2.00

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.70 1.24 3.21

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.90 4.22 13.95

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67 -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A3 Sedan BMW 2 Series Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Body Style

Sedan Sedan 4MATIC Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.9 6.3 6.3

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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