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  • 2011 Audi A3

    #10 in 2011 Luxury Small Cars

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series

    #12 in 2011 Luxury Small Cars

  • 2011 Volkswagen GTI

    #16 in 2011 Compact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $27,270
    • $29,450
    • $23,695
    • Avg. Paid
    • $7,936
    • $8,229
    • $7,471

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 7.8 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • 8.1 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.8 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • 9.0 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.0 /10
    • 7.2 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.1 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • 9.0 /10
    • Safety
    • 10.0 /10
    • N/A
    • 9.8 /10
    • Reliability
    • 2.0 /5
    • 2.0 /5
    • 2.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Excellent performance from base engine
      • Available diesel engine with good fuel economy
      • High-quality cabin
      • IIHS Top Safety Pick
      • Outstanding performance
      • High-quality interior
      • Ideal performance for driving enthusiasts
      • Great fuel economy
      • Spacious cabin
      • Impressive interior quality
      • Excellent safety scores
    • Cons
      • Cramped second-row seats
      • Tiny back seat
      • Little cargo space in convertible
      • Some competitors have stronger engines

    General Specs

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

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door HB
    • 2 Door Coupe
    • 2 Door HB
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 101.5
    • 104.7
    • 101.5
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 168.9
    • 172.2
    • 165.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 77.4
    • 68.8
    • 70.0
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 56.0
    • 56.0
    • 57.8
    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
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Sun/Moonroof
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3219
    • 3208
    • 3034
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Full Size Spare Tire
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • HID headlights
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Keyless Start
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Luggage Rack
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Rear Parking Aid
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Mirror Memory
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Folding Mirrors
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 4
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 89
    • 86
    • 93.5
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.3
    • 37.9
    • 39.3
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.2
    • 41.5
    • 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.3
    • 54.0
    • 54.6
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 36.9
    • 37.1
    • 38.5
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 34.8
    • 32.1
    • 35.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 52.8
    • 53.4
    • 53.1
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
    • 39.0
    •  
    • 46.0
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    •  
    • 10.0
    •  
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • HD Radio
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Premium Sound System
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Hard Disk Drive
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Dual Zone A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Leather Seats
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Premium Synthetic Seats
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Driver Lumbar
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Passenger Lumbar
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Seat Memory
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Power Passenger Seat
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Side Air Bag
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rollover Protection System
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-Leveling Headlights
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    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 I4
    • Gas I6
    • Gas Turbocharged I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/121
    • 3.0L/183
    • 2.0L/121
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 200 @ 5100-6000
    • 230 @ 6500
    • 200 @ 5100-6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 207 @ 1800-5000
    • 200 @ 2750
    • 207 @ 1800-5000
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Turning diameter
    • 35.1
    • 35.1
    • 35.8
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 21
    • 18
    • 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 30
    • 28
    • 31
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 14.5
    • 14.0
    • 14.5
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Double-Pivot
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Four Link
    • 5-Link
    • 4-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    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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