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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 20 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great car, experience, decision

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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: "Driving experience, stereo, safety, driver assist"

Cons: "None"

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

"I want to write this review because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what car to get and also to justify spending more money that I originally planned to. I looked at a number of SUV’s priced in the high 20’s and low 30’s. Ultimately, I either didn’t like the way they looked or how they drove. Most cars – luxury or otherwise – either were not AWD or just looked boring. Besides the look, I wanted a driving experience and a car that was reliable and safe. According to Consumer Reports, the new A3 has great safety rating and the realiability is suprisingly good. After a ton of research, I took a leap of faith on the reliability after owning Japanese cars to this point. I have owned my car for 6 months so I feel it’s a fair time to write a report. Although it is probably too early to comment on reliability, I can talk to other points. First, the driving experience is pretty amazing. It has great pick up and zips around great. I live in the mountains so going uphill or taking curves is effortless (compared to other cars / SUV’s I have driven or been in). Second, I have now driving in snow a number of times and it feels like vecro is stuck to the tires / road. It handles so well that I couldn’t possibly be happier. I never think twice about road conditions when it comes to this car (of course, you have to worry about other drivers). As for appearance, the car is really sharp. I have gotten my fair share of compliments. The interior is smartly designed – everything makes a lot of sense and it’s easy to navigate. The car heats up / cools off really quickly. The seats are adjustable in a lot of ways and super comfortable. And the interior just looks sharp. The headlights are pretty terrific especially the high beam - both make it much easier to drive at night (I live where streets are not really lit up and tend to be really dark). I ended up with the Premium Plus with the premium stereo and the driver’s assist. Actually, I really wanted the stereo after reading a lot of reviews but the driver assist wasn’t on my ‘radar’. Here is something I learned – not all dealers order the cars the same way. One dealership tried to have me believe that unless I bought the highest end A3 that the radio wouldn’t be an option. Then I went to another dealer to find out that they appreciate good sound and order a lot of their cars with the premium stereo but also a couple other features people might want. He tried to convince me that the driver assist is something I would love as well once I used it. He’s a sales guy – I’m probably not going to believe everything he says. Well, he was right. I love having it as well as the cold weather package (especially but not limited to the seat warmers). Needless to say, to this point I am super happy with my purchase. In the end, I might have spent a little more than I initially had wanted to but it was well worth it all the way around. The driving experience, the amazing stereo sound, the peace of mind, and all the other little things confirm that my research and patience really paid off. I hope my review will help you save some time and answer some questions you might have already had."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent Balance of Performance and Features

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Performance, handling, LED headlights"

Cons: "No power seats"

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

"I am reviewing a A3 Prestige 2.0T Quattro Cabriolet S-line with 19” wheels. The engine is very responsive with little turbo lag and with boost over a wide usable range, it feels more like a 6 than a 4. The suspension and tires have excellent balance of handling and a ride that is firm yet does not feel like riding on a board. Drive select provides choice about sportiness vs. comfort. The summer tires that ship with the 19” wheels are not good for winter. I replaced them with all-weather tires which I will be using year around. Alternate for those in northern climates can be the wheel/winter tire packages that Audi dealers offer. The standard 18” wheels do come with all season tires. The car is also very quiet for a soft top. It is quieter than my previous car that was a hard top convertible. There is particularly less tire noise. Some complain that the MMI system is confusing. It is quite different than most other navigation systems. However it does make sense once you are past the learning curve. I did not think I would be a fan of the pop up screen on the dash but have become one in most lighting conditions. It says clean compared to a touch screen. However in bright lighting conditions when the sun is in certain positions, it looks washed out compared to my other car that has the display recessed into the dash. The rear camera display is wonderful, combining parking monitors, bright view in any light conditions and projected path based on steering wheel position. There is one thing about the parking monitor I do not like however. When first putting the car into reverse frequently it beeps and flashes proximity in the front of the car. I find that distracting. The included blind spot side monitor is very effective. It lights on the inside side of the mirror housing and based on that becomes visible more quickly than those systems that light up on the outside side of the mirror itself. I did not want to consider a soft top convertible that did not have that. All soft tops do not have as much rear visibility as sedans and I felt it was an important safety feature. That decision eliminated some competitive models. Apparent brightness of the LED headlights is superb. That is particularly the case with high beams on very dark country roads. They seem more like daylight driving than even Xenon headlights. The B & O sound system is superb. It sounds very balanced at low volumes and yet plays exceptionally cleanly at high volumes. Clarity with the top down at 75 MPH is not a problem. Depending on trim level, it accepts either 1 or 2 SD cards and will recognize SDXC cars with up to 10,000 songs each. Jukebox has hard drive storage for up to an additional 5,000 songs. The sport seats are supportive yet comfortable even on long rides. Yet there is little excuse for it not to have power seats on a car with a MSRP north of $50k. The seats do adjust just about any way imaginable. Manual seats also make it more difficult on rear seat entry and exit compared to others that have a power button on the top of the seat combined with a lever to tilt it forward. To include a power adjuster for lumbar support, but not for the basic seat functions does not make much sense. Seldom does anyone else drive my car, so lack of power seats was not a deal stopper. However it may be an issue for some others. Trunk space is not large with 9.9 CF with top up and 7 CF with top down. However the shape of the space available makes loading, unloading and what it will store is quite good for its size. Fold down seats in the back further helps when needed. The Quattro system takes up space and replaces a spare tire with a repair/inflating kit. Price of the A3 Prestige as mine is equipped is in the same range as an A5 Cabriolet Premium with less equipment. The A5 is larger, has a more usable back seat and larger trunk. However with the same power train in a heavier car, the A5 is somewhat slower. Some say that the Quattro system on the A5 is more effective than the one on the A3. I cannot compare that. Of course there are other A3 Cabriolets that are significantly less expensive than equivalent A5 models similarly equipped. In the end it may become a choice of the importance of size vs. features."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Should be a lovely car - but.......

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I don't own this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "well built, good value, superb interior"

Cons: "headlights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"My in-laws have just purchased one of these - and it is a lovely, great value for money and incredibly well built. A strong competitor in it's field. However.....The headlights make night driving more than a little awkward - particularly in darker areas. The lights illuminate a sharp, but insufficient "letter slot" view of the road to the point that anything/anyone immediately outside the small area is practically invisible. The dealership claims that this is a deign feature common on European cars - however, it is only present on the A3. I would speculate that this is in fact a design flaw, rather than a feature as it would be present on other models."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

2.0T Premium

By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, feels like a quality made car"

Cons: "small trunk, not much interior storage"

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

"I recently bought a brand new 2016 A3 2.0T Quattro. This car is great! So much fun to drive. The 2.0 engine in the compact A3 body makes it very quick. You can really feel it coming out of corners when the quattro is clawing into the asphalt. I highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a nice car at the mid 30s price point. I test drove the FWD 1.8 and it was very pedestrian. You must get the 2.0 engine to get the Audi feel. The 1.8 isn't recommended."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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!"

6 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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."

25 people out of 48 found this review helpful

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