2012 Audi
A3 Premium
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

9.8

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Spacious back seats
48.8 ft3
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Entertainment system
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2012 Audi A3 Premium

8.9

Runner-up

Audi A3 Premium

starting from

$31,125
"The 2010 Audi A3 TDI's main virtue is its fuel economy, which it gets because of its diesel engine."
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"Had plenty of boost to pass other cars or climb hills. In urban driving it ran smooth, although we could have hoped for a little more initial boost for quick merges and the like."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the A3's performance

Reasons to buy the Audi A3 Premium

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Ample cargo space
39.0 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Roof rails
Optional
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Winner: Passat TDI SEL Premium
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Audi A3 Premium Winner: A3 Premium
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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
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  • Child door locks come standard
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
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  • Fantastic highway range
  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.9 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's power seats; not available on the A3 Premium
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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MSRP $31,125 vs $32,965 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 31 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The A3 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The A3 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's is very short

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

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

Performance

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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Unknown vs 6
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Transmission Unknown vs Semi-automatic transmission
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 23.7 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 ft vs 36.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 613 miles vs 796 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 39.0 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 The A3 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the Passat TDI SEL Premium is OK, too
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front seats 51.0 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 The Passat TDI SEL Premium has average-sized front seats, while the A3 Premium 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 Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the A3 Premium
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the A3 Premium, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Passat TDI SEL Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the A3 Premium

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 8.5 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 121 mph vs Unknown

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