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  • 2009 Volkswagen GTI

    #10 in 2009 Compact Cars

  • 2009 Audi A3

    #1 in 2009 Luxury Small Cars

  • 2009 BMW 1-Series

    #12 in 2009 Luxury Small Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $23,830
    • $26,920
    • $34,000
    • Avg. Paid
    • $5,524
    • $5,402
    • $6,402

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.5 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 9.3 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.1 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.1 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • Safety
    • 8.5 /10
    • 10.0 /10
    • N/A
    • Reliability
    • 2.0 /5
    • 5.0 /5
    • 2.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Well-rounded performance
      • Good fuel economy
      • Comfortable, spacious interior
      • Solid all-around performance
      • Available all-wheel drive
      • High-quality interior
      • Great safety scores
      • Exceptional handling
      • Powerful engine choices
      • High-quality interior
    • Cons
      • Low safety score
      • Second-row seats need more legroom
      • Cramped second-row seats
      • Little cargo space

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121
    • Gas I4 2.0L/121
    • Gas I6 3.0L/183
    • MPG
    • 21 City / 31 Hwy
    • 21 City / 30 Hwy
    • 18 City / 28 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door HB
    • 4 Door HB
    • 2 Door Convertible
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 101.5
    • 101.5
    • 104.7
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 165.8
    • 169.0
    • 172.2
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 69.3
    • 77.4
    • 68.8
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 58.4
    • 56.0
    • 55.6
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Convertible Soft Top
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Sun/Moonroof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3162
    • 3263
    • 3494
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • HID headlights
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Keyless Start
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Rear Parking Aid
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Floor Mats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Mirror Memory
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Folding Mirrors
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 4
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 93.1
    • 88.9
    • - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.3
    • 39.3
    • 38.6
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.2
    • 41.2
    • 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.8
    • 54.4
    • 54.0
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 38.5
    • 37.0
    • 37.0
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 35.3
    • 34.8
    • 31.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 53.1
    • 52.8
    • 42.2
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 54.6
    •  
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    •  
    •  
    • 8
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Changer
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • HD Radio
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Premium Sound System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Hard Disk Drive
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Dual Zone A/C
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Leather Seats
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Premium Synthetic Seats
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Heated Passenger Seat
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Driver Lumbar
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Passenger Lumbar
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Seat Memory
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Driver Seat
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Passenger Seat
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Side Air Bag
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-On Headlights
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Rollover Protection System
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Turbocharged
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Engine Type
    • Gas Turbocharged I4
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I6
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/121
    • 2.0L/121
    • 3.0L/183
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 200 @ 5100-6000
    • 200 @ 5100-6000
    • 230 @ 6500
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 207 @ 1800-5000
    • 207 @ 1800-5000
    • 200 @ 2750
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual
    • Turning diameter
    • 35.8
    • 35.11
    • 35.1
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 21
    • 21
    • 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 31
    • 30
    • 28
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 14.5
    • 14.5
    • 14
    Suspension
    • Active Suspension System
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • Independent
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Double-Pivot
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Independent
    • Four Link
    • Multi-link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    • MacPherson Strut
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    • Strut Type
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    • 4-link
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    •  
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • 6-Speed Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard

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