• 2012 Audi A3

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  • 2012 Audi A3

    #10 in 2012 Luxury Small Cars

  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

    #10 in 2014 Subcompact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $27,270
    • $20,295
    • Avg. Paid
    • $9,768
    • $9,524

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 7.8 /10
    • 7.6 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.5 /10
    • 7.6 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.7 /10
    • 7.3 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.0 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.0 /10
    • 8.9 /10
    • Safety
    • 10.0 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Reliability
    • 2.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • A3 TDI’s impressive fuel economy
      • High-quality cabin materials
      • Controlled handling
      • Pleasant ride and sure-footed handling
      • Premium cabin
      • Excellent TDI fuel economy
    • Cons
      • Cramped rear seat
      • Complicated navigation system
      • Limited cargo space
      • Buzzy five-cylinder engine

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
    • Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110
    • MPG
    • 21 City / 30 Hwy
    • 24 City / 33 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • Hatchback
    • Hatchback
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 101.5
    • 100
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 169.0
    • 168.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 78.5
    • 71.2
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 56.0
    • 58.5
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    • Optional
    •  
    • Panoramic Roof
    • Optional
    •  
    • Sun/Moonroof
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Standard
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3219
    • 2948
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    • Optional
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    •  
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    •  
    • Standard
    • Luggage Rack
    • Optional
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    •  
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    •  
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 4
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 89.0
    • 85.1
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.3
    • 39.4
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.2
    • 41.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.4
    • 55.3
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    •  
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 36.9
    • 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 34.8
    • 31.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 52.8
    • 49
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    •  
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
    • 39.0
    • 29.9
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Standard
    •  
    • Premium Sound System
    • Standard
    •  
    • Smart Device Integration
    •  
    • Standard
    • Apple CarPlay
    •  
    •  
    • Android Auto
    •  
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    • Standard
    •  
    • Dual Zone A/C
    • Standard
    •  
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
    •  
    • Standard
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Optional
    • Standard
    Seats
    • Leather Seats
    • Standard
    •  
    • Premium Synthetic Seats
    •  
    • Standard
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Driver Lumbar
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Optional
    •  
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Optional
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Side Air Bag
    • Optional
    •  
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    •  
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    •  
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Turbocharged
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/121
    • 1.8 L/110
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 200 @ 5100-6000
    • 170 @ 6200
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 207 @ 1800-5000
    • 184 @ 1500
    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 35.1
    • 35.4
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 21
    • 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 30
    • 33
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 14.5
    • 14.5
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Four Link
    • Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • Multi-Link
    Transmission
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 5-Speed Manual
    •  
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  

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