2011 BMW
335i
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)

2011 BMW 335i

9.7

Winner

BMW 335i

starting from

$44,975
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.8 s @ 102 mph
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9.6

starting from

$28,265

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)

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Power outlets
Standard
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 335i's power seats; not available on the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the 335i
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.6
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof); optional upgrade on the 335i
  • The GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • The GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 479 miles vs 451 miles
Performance 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • 50% more powerful, 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
  • The 335i's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.9 lb/hp vs 15.4 lb/hp
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Entertainment System 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.6 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the 335i's power seats; not available on the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the 335i

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) has a good number of airbags, but the 335i is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof); optional upgrade on the 335i
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 4 The GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) has the usual number of seats, while the 335i has very few
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Highway driving range 479 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 11.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 51.4 ft3 The 335i has average-sized front seats, while the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The 335i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Horsepower 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The 335i is fairly powerful, but the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s semi-automatic transmission and the 335i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Twin turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp The 335i is a sporty car, while the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The 335i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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MSRP $28,265 vs $44,975 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 335i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 335i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s is very short

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The 335i has more speakers and the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s satellite radio; in the 335i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 5.2 seconds The 335i has a good 0-60 time, but the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof) is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 94 mph vs 13.8 s @ 102 mph The 335i's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the GTI 2.0T (Moon Roof)'s is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs 0.88 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed 125 mph vs Unknown

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