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2dr Cpe Man T5
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 Premier
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 Premier
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 R-Design
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 Premier Plus
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 Premier Plus
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 R-Design Premier
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 R-Design Premier
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 Platinum
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 Platinum
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 R-Design Premier Plus
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 R-Design Premier Plus
  • 2dr Cpe Man T5 R-Design Platinum
  • 2dr Cpe Auto T5 R-Design Platinum
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB w/Range Extender
4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Driver's Edition PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV

Prices

MSRP $25,500 $41,350 $25,095
Invoice $23,970 $38,040 $24,091
Avg. Paid N/A $42,098 $24,153

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 8.4 8.6
Critics' Rating 7.2 8.7 9.3
Performance 7.4 8.6 8.9
Interior 7.5 8.0 9.1
Safety 10.0 N/A 9.7
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Smooth transmissions
  • Stylish exterior
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Funky interior design
  • Fun driving dynamics
  • High-quality interior
  • Spacious front and rear seats
  • Good cargo space
  • Great all-around performance
Cons
  • Little cargo space
  • Confusing interior controls
  • Some mediocre interior materials
  • Sluggish navigation system with small screen

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I5 2.5L/154 Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121
MPG 21 City / 29 Hwy N/A 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Coupe Hatchback Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 103.9 101 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 167.4 157 165.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.2 70 70
Height, Overall (in) 57.0 62 57.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3200 2799 3113

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard 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
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 89.2 92.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.6 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 40.5 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 53.6 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 54.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 31.9 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.3 49.2 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 45.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 20.2 11.8 46

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional 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 Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat 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

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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I5 Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.5L/154 2.0 L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 227 @ 5000 170 200 @ 5100
Torque (Net @ RPM) 236 @ 2300 184 207 @ 1700
Transmission Manual Automatic Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.9 32.3 35.8

Fuel

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

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard