Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan VS 2017 Audi A3 Near Jackson, GA

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2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan

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2017 Audi A3

Safety Comparison

Both the ATS Sedan and A3 Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The ATS Sedan has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The A3 Sedan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Front Automatic Braking optional in the ATS Sedan as “Superior.” The A3 Sedan scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The ATS Sedan V6 offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The ATS Sedan has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the ATS Sedan and the A3 Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac ATS Sedan is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

ATS Sedan

A3 Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

202

217

Neck Injury Risk

26%

45%

Neck Stress

163 lbs.

427 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

143 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

202/615 lbs.

461/426 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

28%

34%

Neck Stress

107 lbs.

223 lbs.

Neck Compression

116 lbs.

139 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

3/37 lbs.

329/424 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac ATS Sedan is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

ATS Sedan

A3 Sedan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

116

172

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

219 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

251

277

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

232

333

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS Sedan 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the ATS Sedan for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A3 Sedan.

There are over 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ATS Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the ATS Sedan is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the ATS Sedan’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The A3 Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The ATS Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 86 more horsepower (272 vs. 186) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 221) than the A3 Sedan 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The ATS Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (272 vs. 220) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the A3 Sedan 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The ATS Sedan’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 115 more horsepower (335 vs. 220) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (285 vs. 258) than the A3 Sedan 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the ATS Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the ATS Sedan Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac ATS Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The A3 Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The ATS Sedan has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The ATS Sedan has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan Quattro’s standard fuel tank (16 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the ATS Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A3 Sedan:

 

ATS Sedan

A3 Sedan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.7 inches

The ATS Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A3 Sedan are solid, not vented.

The ATS Sedan stops much shorter than the A3 Sedan:

 

ATS Sedan

A3 Sedan

 

80 to 0 MPH

205 feet

219 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The ATS Sedan’s optional 255/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A3 Sedan’s optional 35 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the ATS Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The ATS Sedan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A3 Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ATS Sedan’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the A3 Sedan (109.3 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

The ATS Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the A3 Sedan’s (58.1% to 41.9%). This gives the ATS Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The ATS Sedan handles at .94 G’s, while the A3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the ATS Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the ATS Sedan AWD is quieter than the A3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the ATS Sedan is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the A3 Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The ATS Sedan has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A3 Sedan (90.9 vs. 86).

The ATS Sedan has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The ATS Sedan Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the ATS Sedan, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a memory system.

The ATS Sedan’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The ATS Sedan V6 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the ATS Sedan allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A3 Sedan’s available Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the ATS Sedan Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the ATS Sedan with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A3 Sedan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the ATS Sedan’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The ATS Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ATS Sedan is less expensive to operate than the A3 Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the ATS Sedan than the A3 Sedan, including $218 less for a water pump, $34 less for a fuel pump, $226 less for front struts and $247 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The A3 Sedan has never been chosen.

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