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2013 Audi A3

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2013 Audi A3 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Somewhere between small wagon and sporty hatchback is the 2013 Audi A3. While its $28,000 starting price doesn't exactly feel entry-level (it can go as high as $40,000 with all the option boxes checked), the A3 isn't supposed to compete with the VW Golf or Subaru Impreza. It's a genuine Audi through and through, filled with luxury features and high-end engineering every bit as real as that found on more expensive Audi models. From its quattro all-wheel drive to its available diesel engine, the A3 is like no compact on the market. Hatchbacks may still struggle to make inroads in America, especially with older buyers, but if there is one car that can change hearts and minds on the subject, it is the 2013 Audi A3.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking a compact wagon with the virtues of all-wheel drive or superior fuel-efficiency, there are a number of choices. But, if you want one that also delivers dynamic handling, upscale refinement and an enviable pedigree, the 2013 Audi A3 tops a very short list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 A3's $28,000 entry price may seem reasonable, but Audi's pricing structure and abundance of options can swiftly inflate an A3 into the $40,000 range. If you crave a sharp-handling, practical hatchback with a price tag closer to $25,000, the VW GTI or Mazda3 hatchbacks are worthy alternatives.

What's New for 2013

There are no major changes to the 2013 Audi A3.

Driving the A3

Driving Impressions Despite 2013 likely being the final year of its current lifecycle, Audi's A3 continues to deliver a desirable balance of comfortable ride and sharp handling. The Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering...

is appropriately communicative, while the 4-wheel independent suspension is both predictable and controlled. Opting for the sport suspension and 18-inch wheels will add an insignificant amount of harshness to the A3's otherwise composed ride. Regardless of your preference for manual shifting, we recommend you experience Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission before committing to the 6-speed manual. The dual-clutch automatic is more responsive when on the throttle and provides lightning-quick shifts, while (obviously) being more convenient in stop-and-go driving.

QUATTRO ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
The jury is in when it comes to the benefits of all-wheel drive. In virtually any road condition, dividing the engine's output among all four wheels provides a level of control not available when only two wheels are driven. We only regret that Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive setup is not available with the 6-speed manual transmission or the diesel engine.

HATCHBACK VERSATILITY
The 2013 Audi A3's 5-door configuration almost exponentially expands the utility of the A3 platform. With the rear seats up, you'll enjoy comfortable seating for four, along with 19.5 cubic feet of luggage space for overnight travel. With the rear seats folded, travel options (for two) are unlimited, providing secure, accommodating storage for any number of activity-oriented pursuits.

2013 Audi A3 Details
Interior

Despite its entry-level status, the 2013 Audi A3 features a beautifully crafted interior where high-quality materials abound. The base seats are comfortable and supportive, while the aggressive bolstering of the available sport seating keeps the driver on lockdown during spirited driving. Sensible ergonomics and logical placement of controls ensure a user-friendly driving experience. Tight rear legroom is expected with any compact hatchback, and the A3 is no exception. The rear seats feature a 60/40 split design, and although they do not fold completely flat, they do allow for reasonable cargo versatility.

Exterior

In 2006, the Audi A3 introduced elegant design to the 4-door hatchback segment. The 2013 Audi A3, like every Audi model, possesses Audi's signature Singleframe front grille. However, the A3's overall style is unique. Its coupe-esque roofline combined with an aggressive nose projects a sense of forward motion. The available '18" Sport Package' supplements the A3's aggressive design with 18-inch 5-spoke wheels wrapped with summer performance tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Audi A3 comes generously equipped at its sub-$30,000 base price. Standard equipment for its base – which Audi calls "Premium" – trim includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, fog lights, and Audi concert radio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 140 watts of power and 10 speakers. Functional equipment includes cruise control, remote keyless entry, halogen headlights, and Audi's Sideguard airbag system.

Optional Equipment

Audi's Premium Plus model grade adds xenon headlights, an Aluminum Medial inlay in the doors and center console, Bluetooth mobile phone capability, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Audi's Titanium Sport package provides a lower, firmer suspension for more precise handling, sport seats for better lateral support, and piano black interior trim. Those living – and surviving – in cold climates may desire the Cold Weather package, offering heated seats, mirrors and windshield washer nozzles. Standalone options include Audi's Open Sky panorama sunroof, dark walnut wood inlays, navigation, rear side airbags and roof rails.

Under the Hood

Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is perennially regarded as one of the best drivetrains available in its luxury segment. Producing 200 horsepower between 5,100 and 6,000 rpm, and 207 lb-ft of torque between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm, the turbocharged four is as flexible as it is fast. If you want to maximize your efficiency, Audi's direct injected 2.0-liter clean diesel is a compelling argument for a non-hybrid drivetrain, with adequate power, generous torque (236 lb-ft between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm) and a whopping 42 miles per gallon (EPA highway). We only wish Audi would combine its diesel offering with quattro all-wheel drive.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
21/30 mpg (manual), 22/28 mpg (automatic), 21/28 mpg (automatic, quattro)

2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
140 horsepower @ 4200 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/42 mpg

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2013 Audi A3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 16 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Exceptional convertible

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort fun to drive gas mileage"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I replaced my 2004 Audi TT convertible 1.8 liter FWD which had 24000 miles with a 2015 A3 cabriolet and couldn't be more pleased with my choice. It is interesting that the price in eleven years hadn't changed but the A3 was cheaper by a couple of hundred dollars with more base features. They are both base models with a few accessories and no option packages. The A3 came with so many base features that I didn't see the need to add anything that wasn't on my TT. Dual climate , Sirius XM , leather , Bluetooth, 14 way adjustable manual seats I couldn't ask for more. Some people don't like the manual seats but I find they adjust better than many power seats from other luxury cars. Having back up sensors, heated seats , and a backup camera would have been nice but for the additional $2,000 I decided to do without. I have found that you really don't get that much more when selling a preowned loaded car over a base car. Gas mileage on the highway with cruise has been 38-41 mpg which is amazing. With the top down it is very quiet on the highway. I recommend this car o anyone who wants a great affordable convertible!"

Great car! Great technology!

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love the B&O it rocks! Must have!"

Cons: "Cup holders, no homelink or memory seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Technology is the best feature. Plenty of power, fun to drive. The B&O is a must option. I hope it's reliable."

24 people out of 46 found this review helpful

great style and ride!

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "styling, quality and fun factor"

Cons: "needs memory power seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just purchased this for my wife and we both love this car. The style, ease of driving and overall interior and exterior quality level is outstanding. The A3 is very solid with top up or down. Body stiffness makes for a great driving experience. The fun factor is off the charts even in Illinois! Absolutely no regrets with this purchase. Down side is we never drive our Corvette roadster anymore..."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Fantastic car. A blast to drive. Creature comforts

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drive, ride, handling,"

Cons: "Smallish trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've never enjoyed a car more. Build quality is top shelf. The car does everything I ask it to. Great ride and handling. Safety features galore. I love this car."

19 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Great car, great value

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Genuinely fast, quality interior"

Cons: "Seats are a bit short"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fast, quiet, comfortable. Love the DSG transmission, although a little too aggressive in sport mode. I use going in and out of sport mode to downshift and upshift. I bought a CPO with 5000 miles which was a dealer courtesy car. Saved $$$ and got the 100,000 mile CPO warranty."

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I LOVE this car!!!

By on Monday, January 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "All around handling, fun to drive"

Cons: "Have to have internet subscription to use MMI"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I always wanted an Audi and so when they introduced this new model I couldn't wait to see what it could do. I have had this for 6 months now and loved it from the beginning. I get terrific gas mileage in a little "rocket' of a car. It handles amazing and I am spoiled to drive our other car (which I used to think handled well). I am in and around Chicago and when we experienced our first snow, icy, sleety weather I could not even tell the roads were bad (and that is without the traction control ever taking over). I had one issue with the sound system which was quickly fixed, but I have super high hopes for this car long term. I like the electronics but honestly have not really taken the time to delve deeply into all with the MMI, this is feature packed. A terrific investment for me!"

43 people out of 75 found this review helpful

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