Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Audi A3 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Audi A3

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Active Braking optional in the Fusion as “Superior.” The A3 Sedan scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Fusion (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Fusion has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 Fusion 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, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and 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 Ford Fusion is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

Fusion

A3 Sedan

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

217

Neck Injury Risk

28%

45%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

427 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

143 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

461/426 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 Ford Fusion is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

Fusion

A3 Sedan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

74

172

Hip Force

277 lbs.

308 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

225

277

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

268

333

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

666 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fusion 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5-years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fusion has a standard 500-amp battery. The A3 Sedan’s 320-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 12% better than the A3 Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the A3 Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

A3 Sedan 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

186 HP

221 lbs.-ft.

A3 Sedan 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the A3 Sedan 2.0T:

 

Fusion

A3 Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

14 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost’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 Ford Fusion 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 Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan Quattro’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the A3 Sedan:

 

Fusion

A3 Sedan

 

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

219 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion offers an available 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.

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the A3 Sedan (112.2 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the A3 Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Fusion 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.

The Fusion Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the A3 Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Fusion has 16.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A3 Sedan (102.8 vs. 86).

The Fusion has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the A3 Sedan (16 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the A3 Sedan’s liftover is 26.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion 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 Fusion (except S), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting 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 Fusion (except S)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Fusion (except S/SE) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Fusion’s optional (except S) 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 Fusion (except S) 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.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the A3 Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the A3 Sedan, including $432 less for a water pump, $239 less for an alternator, $27 less for front brake pads, $215 less for a starter, $124 less for fuel injection, $139 less for a fuel pump, $553 less for front struts and $144 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $207 to $4919 less than for the Audi A3 Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Audi A3 Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The A3 Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The A3 Sedan has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The A3 Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The A3 Sedan has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Audi A3/S3 by over eight to one during the 2016 model year.

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