2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2012 Audi
A3 Premium

2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.8

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power seats
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2012 Audi A3 Premium

8.7

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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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Ample cargo space
39.0 ft3
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Fantastic range on the highway
613 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same
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Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • The A5 Premium can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.92 g vs 0.83 g
  • The A5 Premium can go around 10% faster than the A3 Premium, 130 mph vs 121 mph
  • The A5 Premium hits 60mph around 10% faster, 8.0 seconds vs 8.5 seconds
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Audi A3 Premium Winner: A3 Premium
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  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,950 cheaper (more than 20% less), $31,125 vs $39,075
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Safety Features 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
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A3 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have power outlets
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.7

Luxury Features

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A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A5 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A5 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

Road Tests

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 8.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs 0.83 g The A5 Premium has good cornering abilities, but the A3 Premium is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 130 mph vs 121 mph Both have a very low top speed

Cost

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A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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MSRP $39,075 vs $31,125 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 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

Crash Test Ratings

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A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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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

Safety Features

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A5 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 Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A3 Premium; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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A5 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 8 vs Unknown
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Transmission Semi-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 17.4 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The A5 Premium will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the A3 Premium
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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 A5 Premium is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The A3 Premium has lots of passenger seats and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Highway driving range 490 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 12.2 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3 The A3 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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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 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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A5 Premium
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A3 Premium
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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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the A3 Premium

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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Lesson Learned in VA Lesson Learned in VA (7:58 PM, June 05, 2015)
either one will do - sirel mouchantaf