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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
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 12 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

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."

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!"

39 people out of 68 found this review helpful

Legendary Audi Performance for the rest of us.

By on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, safety, comfort"

Cons: "No backup camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased a 2015 A3 Premium 1.8T a few weeks ago and am still pinching myself regarding what I paid. I feel that the value for money here is exceptional. The cabin, while sporting a minimalist approach, is spacious, quiet and comfortable. Traveling from Chattanooga to Atlanta over 117 miles, using cruise control entirely, my A3 realized 38.2 MPG. Coming from a smaller car previously, I find the A3 to be a perfect size. Not too big, not too small, just right. I also like that the car comes with a standard 4 year / 50,000 mile warranty. I cannot rate regarding reliability, but first impressions, and 800 miles in, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. The one surprising omission from this car is the lack of a back-up camera. With Audi's focus on safety, this should be standard."

50 people out of 75 found this review helpful

Great car, but with a couple downsides.

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I want this car

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, comfortable, quiet, standard features"

Cons: "Little headroom in the rear, confusing MMI system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Overall, Audi has done a great job with the 2015 A3 sedan! It is quiet (cruising), comfortable,and luxurious with the expected sporty feel of an Audi. The 2.0 quattro accelerates quickly and definitely instills a sense of fast in the driver. On the exterior, it appears aggressive with the body structure and lights. Inside, in the front, it does not appear confusing as the layout is straightforward (including the instruments); in the back, leg space is ample and offers a large trunk. This will benefit those who haul a great amount of items. Most importantly, the major attraction is that it comes with excellent standard features; LED lights (front and back), HD radio, leather seating, sunroof, and many others that frankly, I have forgotten. Many may realize something new inside; the MMI infotainment system. It is great as it retracts into a compartment when not in use and displays EVERYTHING for the car. This is where you can control the modes of the car (dynamic, comfort, etc.), radio, navigation (available package), phone, media (iPod), and social media display. A convenience that benefits the driver is a voice recognition system that is surprisingly accurate. It does take some getting used to though, especially the center console with the switches and handwriting apparatus. It will be confusing at first, but is not impossible to figure out. Another downside to the A3 is the back seat headroom. As a 5' 8" person, my head was almost touching the roof. If you are any taller than me, I would recommend sitting in front. To conclude this review, it is evident that Audi has maintained its reputation for producing great vehicles with this redesigned 2015 A3 and will be a car that I would recommend to someone searching for a decently priced luxury sedan!"

23 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Many advantages, though not without annoyances

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great to drive; hatchback versatility"

Cons: "Premium gas; instrumentation design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Best thing is the driving experience - it's a little rocketship, with great handling and crisp precise shifting (I own the 6-speed manual). However I find the instrumentation poorly placed and overly complicated. For example the climate controls are way down at knee level, and cramped together at that. While cargo space is ample, the passenger compartment storage leaves something to be desired, with a miniscule glove compartment and no pouches on the seat backs. Another annoyance is that the exterior door handles can only be grasped from underneath. For a "luxury" car I find it disappointing on such points."

21 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Many advantages, though not without annoyances

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great to drive; hatchback versatility"

Cons: "Premium gas; instrumentation design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Best thing is the driving experience - it's a little rocketship, with great handling and crisp precise shifting (I own the 6-speed manual). However I find the instrumentation poorly placed and overly complicated. For example the climate controls are way down at knee level, and cramped together at that. While cargo space is ample, the passenger compartment storage leaves something to be desired, with a miniscule glove compartment and no pouches on the seat backs. Another annoyance is that the exterior door handles can only be grasped from underneath. For a "luxury" car I find it disappointing on such points."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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