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2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Subaru WRX STI Review

New 2020 Audi A3

2020 Audi
A3

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New 2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Subaru
WRX STI

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MSRP*
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$33,300 to $36,500
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$36,995 to $41,695
Invoice* $31,304 to $34,312 $34,960 to $39,331
MPG - City 22 - 27 16
MPG - Hwy 30 - 36 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Audi A3 than in the Subaru WRX STI, due to the Audi A3's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Subaru WRX STI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A3.

Convenience
With the Audi A3 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Audi A3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru WRX STI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A3 will cost more in transportation costs than the Subaru WRX STI.

Dimensions
The Audi A3 is about the same width as the Subaru WRX STI. The Audi A3 is slightly shorter than the Subaru WRX STI, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
The Audi A3 has much less torque than the Subaru WRX STI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Audi A3 has about the same turning radius as the Subaru WRX STI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A3 is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX STI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A3 and the Subaru WRX STI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Audi A3 as you will in the Subaru WRX STI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi A3 than that of the Subaru WRX STI.