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4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Limited (Alabama Plant)
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
  • 5dr HB SEL
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg

Prices

MSRP $15,345 $16,500 $17,995
Invoice $14,918 $15,635 $17,275
Avg. Paid $12,813 $11,867 $12,221

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.5 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.4 9.4 9.1
Performance 8.4 8.4 8.3
Interior 8.6 7.7 8.7
Operating Cost 8.4 8.4 8.1
Safety 9.3 9.3 9.7
Reliability 2.5 3.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Lots of available features when it was new
  • Great fuel economy
  • Composed ride
  • Large trunk
  • Superb handling
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
Cons
  • Limited back-seat headroom
  • Confusing touch-screen audio display
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Lackluster fuel economy with base engine

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 28 City / 38 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 104.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 178.5 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 71.8 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 57.7 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2661 2857 2968

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 95.6 90.7 93
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.6 41.9 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.6 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.5 53.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 38.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 33.1 43.7 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 53.7 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 52.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.8 13.2

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Optional Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row 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
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes 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
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/121 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 160 @ 6500 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 131 @ 4700 146 @ 4450 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.8 36.0 35.7

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Optional Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 36 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.8 12.4 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Axle SLA 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual 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.