2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2012 Audi
A3 Premium

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.8

starting from

$33,175
"A car defined by a high-quality interior"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's interior quality
"A decent-sized backseat and trunk"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's seating

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Power seats
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Less sporty performance
16.7 lb/hp
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."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the A3's value
"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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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
613 miles
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Roof rails
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Audi A3 Premium Winner: A3 Premium
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 22 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Lots of cargo room
  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A3 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
  • A standard folding rear seat on the {better} is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the {worse}
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 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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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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MSRP $33,175 vs $31,125 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 30 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the A3 Premium in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes 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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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Unknown
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Unknown
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 23.7 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 37.4 ft vs 35.1 ft The A3 Premium can make tight turns, and the A4 Premium is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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A4 Premium
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 613 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A3 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3 Lots of cargo room
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 The A4 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the A3 Premium is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the {better} is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the {worse}
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the A3 Premium
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 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 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
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A3 Premium
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 8.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.83 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 121 mph Both have a very low top speed

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