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4dr Sdn Man FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Man FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Man FWD w/Moonroof
  • 4dr Sdn Auto FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto FWD w/Moonroof
  • 4dr Sdn Auto R-Design FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto R-Design FWD w/Moonroof
  • 4dr Sdn Man R-Design AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Man R-Design AWD w/Moonroof
  • 4dr Sdn Auto R-Design AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto R-Design AWD w/Moonroof
4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG

Prices

MSRP $26,200 $27,270 $23,465
Invoice $24,628 $25,361 $21,885
Avg. Paid $13,456 $15,645 $14,298

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 8.2 8.0
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.5 9.2
Performance 7.6 8.9 8.9
Interior 7.8 8.2 9.0
Operating Cost 7.8 7.9 7.8
Safety 8.9 10.0 9.0
Reliability 2.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Many standard interior features
  • Good reliability rating
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Excellent performance from base engine
  • Great fuel economy with the diesel engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Well-rounded driving dynamics
  • Good gas mileage
  • Spacious, high-quality interior
Cons
  • Cramped rear row
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Low reliability score
  • Tight second-row seats  
  • Navigation makes controls confusing
  • Poor reliability score

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.4L/149 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121
MPG 21 City / 29 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door HB 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 103.9 101.5 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 176.2 169.0 165.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 77.4 70.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 56.0 57.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3273 3219 3034

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire 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
HID headlights Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 92 89 93.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 41.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 54.4 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 34.8 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.1 52.8 54.6
Second Hip Room (in) 50.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 39.0 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.3

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard 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
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Standard

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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System 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 I5 Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Displacement 2.4L/149 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 168 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 4400 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 34.9 35.1 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 30 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 14.5 14.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard

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