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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
4dr Sdn 2.4L FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.5T R-Design FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 2.5T R-Design AWD

Prices

MSRP $26,920 $23,830 $28,550
Invoice $25,035 $22,211 $26,837
Avg. Paid $13,705 $12,122 $12,258

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 7.9 7.8
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.3 8.1
Performance 8.8 8.9 7.6
Interior 8.1 8.6 7.8
Operating Cost 7.5 7.7 N/A
Safety 10.0 8.5 8.9
Reliability 2.0 2.0 3.5

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
  • Good cargo space
  • Best reliability score in the class
  • Available all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Poor reliability
  • Second-row seats need more legroom
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score
  • Not as fast or agile as the competition
  • Hard-to-use interior controls

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121 Gas I5 2.4L/149
MPG 21 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy 20 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door HB 4 Door HB 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 101.5 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 169.0 165.8 176.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.4 69.3 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 58.4 57.2

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
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3263 3162 3273

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

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 Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
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
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
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
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Standard 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 92
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.3 38.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.8 55.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.5 37.2
Second Leg Room (in) 34.8 35.3 34.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 53.1 54.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 50.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 54.6 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.6

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver 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 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 Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121 2.4L/149
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000 168 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000 170 @ 4400
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Automatic,
Turning diameter 35.11 35.8 34.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 31 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5 15.9

Suspension

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

Transmission

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