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2009 BMW 1-Series 2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Audi A3
     
Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
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

Prices

MSRP $34,000 $23,830 $26,920
Invoice $31,280 $22,211 $25,035
Avg. Paid $17,272 $12,198 $13,689

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 7.9 7.9
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.3 8.8
Performance 8.8 8.9 8.8
Interior 7.1 8.6 8.1
Operating Cost 7.2 7.8 7.6
Safety N/A 8.5 10.0
Reliability 2.0 2.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • High-quality interior
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Solid all-around performance
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • High-quality interior
  • Great safety scores
Cons
  • Poor reliability
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low safety score
  • Poor reliability
  • Second-row seats need more legroom

General Specs

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

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door HB 4 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.7 101.5 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 165.8 169.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 69.3 77.4
Height, Overall (in) 55.6 58.4 56.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Sliding Rear Window Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3494 3162 3263

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional 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 Standard Optional
HID headlights Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Optional Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional
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
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Optional
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 93.1 88.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 39.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.8 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 38.5 37.0
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 35.3 34.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 42.2 53.1 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 54.6
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 8

Entertainment

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

Seats

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

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
Rear Head Air Bag 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 Standard Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

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 I6 Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.1 35.8 35.11

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 31 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 14.5 14.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

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