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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
Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • 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

Prices

MSRP $23,695 $29,450 $27,270
Invoice $22,747 $27,095 $25,361
Avg. Paid $15,979 $18,944 $18,062

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 7.9 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.4 8.4
Performance 9.0 9.1 8.8
Interior 9.2 7.2 8.0
Operating Cost 8.0 7.6 7.9
Safety 9.7 N/A 10.0
Reliability 2.0 3.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Ideal performance for driving enthusiasts
  • Great fuel economy
  • Spacious cabin
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Outstanding performance
  • High-quality interior
  • Excellent performance from base engine
  • Available diesel engine with good fuel economy
  • High-quality cabin
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
Cons
  • Below-average reliability
  • Tiny back seat
  • Little cargo space in convertible
  • Low reliability
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

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

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe 4 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 104.7 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 172.2 168.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 68.8 77.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 56.0 56.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3208 3219

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.5 86 89
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 37.9 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.5 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 54.0 54.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.1 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 32.1 34.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 53.4 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0 39.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.0

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

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

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
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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional

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

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.0 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link 5-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

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