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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
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

Prices

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

U.S. News Scores

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

Pros & Cons

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

General Specs

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

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door HB 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

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

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3263 3162 3770

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 Optional Standard 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 Optional Standard
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 Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Standard 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.) 88.9 93.1 93.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.3 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 42.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.8 56.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.5 37.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.8 35.3 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.1 55.1
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 Optional Standard 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 Optional Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard 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 Optional Standard 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 Optional Standard 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 Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4 Turbocharged V6
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121 2.8L/170
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000 280 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000 262 @ 1900
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 35.11 35.8 39.0

Fuel

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

Suspension

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

Transmission

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

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.