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Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Convertible
  • Convertible SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
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 Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Auto w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Man R-Design w/Moonroof
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Auto R-Design w/Moonroof

Prices

MSRP $34,200 $27,270 $24,100
Invoice $31,465 $25,361 $22,654
Avg. Paid $18,731 $15,645 $13,307

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 8.2 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.4 8.5 8.2
Performance 9.0 8.9 7.9
Interior 7.2 8.2 7.9
Operating Cost 7.2 7.9 N/A
Safety N/A 10.0 10.0
Reliability 2.0 3.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Powerful engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Great interior quality
  • Excellent performance from base engine
  • Great fuel economy with the diesel engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Good gas mileage
  • Best-in-class safety and reliability ratings
  • Many standard interior features
Cons
  • Tight second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Low reliability rating
  • Low reliability score
  • Tight second-row seats  
  • Navigation makes controls confusing
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Little cargo space for a hatchback

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Turbochanged Gas I5 2.5L/154
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy 21 City / 29 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door HB 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.7 101.5 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 169.0 167.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 77.4 70.2
Height, Overall (in) 55.6 56.0 57.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3494 3219 3201

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Optional Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional Standard 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 Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 78 89 89
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 39.3 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.4 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 54.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.0 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 34.8 34.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 42.2 52.8 51.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 45.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 39.0 20.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Standard
Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Optional Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag 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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard 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
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas I4 Turbochanged Gas I5
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121 2.5L/154
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000 227 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000 236 @ 1500 - 5000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 35.1 35.1 38.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 30 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 14.5 15.9

Suspension

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

Transmission

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