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2009 Saab 9-3 2009 Audi A3 2009 Volkswagen GTI
     
Aero Sport Sedan
  • 2.0T Sport Sedan - Touring
  • 2.0T Sport Sedan - Comfort
  • 2.0T Sport Sedan - XWD
  • 2.0T Sport Sedan - Sport
  • 2.0T Convertible - Touring
  • Aero Sport Sedan
  • 2.0T Convertible - Comfort
  • 2.0T Convertible - Sport
  • Aero Convertible
4dr HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
  • 4dr HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
  • 4dr HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak
  • 4dr HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak Prem
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak S Line
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak Prem
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV Prem
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro S Line
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 2.0T quattro Prem
  • 4dr HB AT S tronic 3.2L S-Line quattro
4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG

Prices

MSRP $43,605 $26,920 $23,830
Invoice $41,556 $25,035 $22,211
Avg. Paid $12,766 $13,705 $12,122

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 7.9 7.9
Critics' Rating 8.3 8.8 9.3
Performance 8.3 8.8 8.9
Interior 7.6 8.1 8.6
Operating Cost 7.4 7.5 7.7
Safety 8.9 10.0 8.5
Reliability 3.0 2.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Sedan and convertible have impressive trunk space
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Powerful engines
  • Good reliability for the class
  • Solid all-around performance
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • High-quality interior
  • Great safety scores
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
Cons
  • Back seat needs more legroom
  • Some cheap interior plastics
  • Poor reliability
  • Second-row seats need more legroom
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged V6 2.8L/170 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121
MPG 15 City / 24 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door HB 4 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 105.3 101.5 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 182.9 169.0 165.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.0 77.4 69.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 56.0 58.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3770 3263 3162

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
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
HID headlights Standard Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.4 88.9 93.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 54.4 54.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 34.8 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 52.8 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 54.6 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive 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 Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Optional Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional 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
Auto-On Headlights Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged V6 Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Displacement 2.8L/170 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 280 @ 5000 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 262 @ 1900 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Automatic Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 39.0 35.11 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 30 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 14.5 14.5

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Air Suspension Standard
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Four Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar 4-link

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Optional Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Optional Standard Standard