2009 Audi A3 - Road Test Specs

2009 Audi A3 Wagon

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeAudi
ModelA3
Style2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$26,920
Options on test vehicleConvenience Package ($1,800 -- includes auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, rain and light sensor, xenon plus headlights with LED DRL, Bose premium sound system), Premium Package ($1,500 -- includes three-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel, power driver seat with four-way power lumbar, Bluetooth, Illumination and Storage packages, front foglights, aluminum beltline trim, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with all-season tires), 18-Inch Sport Package ($1,400 -- includes sport seats, sport suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires), Open Sky Sunroof ($1,100), Cold Weather Package ($500 -- includes heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles and heated exterior mirrors), Metallic or Pearl Effect Paint ($475).
As-tested MSRP$34,520
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984cc (121 cu-in)
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)207 @ 1,800
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.357; II: 2.087; III: 1.469; IV: 1.098; V: 1.108; VI: .927; R: 3.990; Final Drive: 3.087 (1st-4th); 3.087 (5th, 6th and Reverse)
Chassis
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.2
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza REO50A
Tire typeSummer performance
Tire size, front225/40R18 92Y
Tire size, rear225/40R18 92Y
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.2 @ 92.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)107
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.3 (TC on), 68.3 (TC off)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88 (TC on), 0.90 (TC off)
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.3
@ Full throttle (dB)74.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsCrazy wheel hop almost makes my vision blurry. Even with a gentle clutch-intensive launch, going to WOT spins the tires. Lots of torque available. That said, the clutch pedal is very soft (too soft) and shifter is equally feathery. Good gear spacing keeps it in the power. (forgot to make a run with TC on)
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsPowerful and consistent. No fade detected in five-plus stops. Moderate pedal effort.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: First attempt in 3rd gear proved difficult due to lagging throttle response. Better results in 2nd gear with higher rpm, but then coated the intake with oil slosh producing a big cloud of smoke. Otherwise, the steering feels a little strange and springy. ESP breathes off the throttle before going to brakes. Slalom: Neutral up to a point then oversteers on the limit. A bit roly-poly but it manages to hang on and remain controllable. Again, steering is precise/quick, but doesn't "feel" natural. Felt like it has an LSD because the exit was easy at wide-open throttle.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)81.38
Wind (mph, direction)7.81
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/30 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,219
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,288
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.1/40.9
Length (in.)166.9
Width (in.)78.5
Height (in.)55.9
Wheelbase (in.)101.5
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)59.3
Turning circle (ft.)35.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)19.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)55.6
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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