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The Mirai’s 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 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Mirai has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Sportback e-tron 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 Mirai and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Toyota Mirai weighs 459 pounds more than the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirai 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sportback e-tron. Any repair needed on the motor, fuel cell, transmission, axles or joints is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sportback e-tron ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Mirai for 3 years and 35000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A3 Sportback e-tron.
There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mirai’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirai’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the A3 Sportback e-tron (109.5 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mirai is 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the A3 Sportback e-tron.
The design of the Toyota Mirai amounts to more than styling. The Mirai has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the A3 Sportback e-tron (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirai get better fuel mileage.
The Mirai has 1.3 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sportback e-tron.
With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mirai offers cargo security. The A3 Sportback e-tron’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.
When two different drivers share the Mirai, the 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 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Mirai’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Smart Key System standard on the Mirai allows you to unlock the driver’s door, 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 Sportback e-tron’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mirai has standard extendable sun visors. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer extendable visors.
When the Mirai 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 Sportback e-tron’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Both the Mirai and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard heated front seats. The Mirai also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the A3 Sportback e-tron.
On extremely cold winter days, the Mirai’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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