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4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SL
  • 4dr HB SL-e
FWD 4dr Hybrid
  • FWD 4dr Hybrid
  • FWD 4dr Hybrid Premium
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
  • 2dr HB Man w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Sunroof
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 4dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 2dr HB DSG Autobahn
  • 4dr HB DSG Autobahn
 

Prices

MSRP $32,780 $29,120 $23,695
Invoice $31,394 $27,052 $22,747
Avg. Paid $15,740 $21,276 $15,815

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.7 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.9 8.8 9.2
Performance 8.1 7.4 9.0
Interior 7.8 7.6 9.2
Operating Cost 9.2 8.8 8.0
Safety 9.3 10.0 9.7
Reliability 3.0 4.5 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Many standard interior features
  • Good safety ratings
  • Drives like a gas-only car
  • Great fuel economy
  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Class-leading safety and reliability scores
  • Ideal performance for driving enthusiasts
  • Great fuel economy
  • Spacious cabin
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Excellent safety scores
Cons
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Sloppy steering
  • Lackluster performance
  • Bland interior styling
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas/Electric I4 1.8L/110 Gas Turbocharged I4 2.0L/121
MPG N/A 43 City / 40 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 102.4 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 170.1 165.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 69.5 70.0
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 56.7 57.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3366 3130 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 Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
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.) 98.3 86.0 93.5
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 38.9 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.1 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.0 54.6
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 53.1 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 32.9 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 52.6 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 51.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0 - TBD - 46.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

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 Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard 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

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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 134 Combined 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ - TBD - - TBD - 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Turning diameter 34.1 34.2 35.8

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard
Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 43 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Double-Wishbone 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard