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Audi A3 vs. Volkswagen Passat

In comparing the Audi A3 to the Volkswagen Passat, the Audi A3 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Passat has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Audi A3 versus the Volkswagen Passat, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Audi A3 versus Volkswagen Passat Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A3 ranges from $24,801 to $33,988 while a used Volkswagen Passat from the same model year range is priced between $18,989 to $26,552. For a new model, the Audi A3's price is between $36,664 and $45,781, with the Volkswagen Passat priced between $24,675 and $32,409.

Audi A3 versus Volkswagen Passat Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A3 is 8.4 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Passat's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Audi A3 being ranked 9 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Volkswagen Passat being ranked 8 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A3’s base engine makes 201 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Passat base engine makes 174 horsepower. The A3 is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 502 miles. The Passat is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 666 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Volkswagen Passat, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Audi A3 has higher safety ratings than the Volkswagen Passat, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.75 out of 5 Stars.

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2022 Volkswagen Passat

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,664 - $45,781

Used Asking Price:

$24,801 - $33,988

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,675 - $32,409

Used Asking Price:

$18,989 - $26,552

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

9.5 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 39
15 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 8
9 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Premium Plus 40 TFSI, quattro Premium 40 TFSI, quattro Premium Plus 40 TFSI, Premium 40 TFSI

Trim Levels

R-Line, SE, Limited Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.75 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp @ 4400 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.061 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

174 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

206 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 38 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

370 / 502 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 36 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

444 / 666 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

10.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

87.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Cargo Space:

15.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

102.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3318 lbs

Width:

78.1 inches

Height:

56.2 inches

Length:

176.9 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3369 lbs

Width:

72.6 inches

Height:

58.7 inches

Length:

193.6 inches

Wheelbase:

110.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/45R18