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2015 Audi A3 KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $29,609 - $30,394.

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MSRP $30,795

Fair Purchase Price $29,951
Fair Market Range ($29,609 - $30,394)

Invoice $28,703
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KBB Expert Rating 7.7 / 10
10/7.7
This Car - 2015 Audi A3
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Micah Muzio - Updated Date: 3/10/2014


Audi's player in the rapidly expanding entry-luxury segment is the sub-$30,000 (destination charges not included) 2015 A3 sedan. Happily that price tag comes attached to a car you'd actually want to drive. Both sporty and welcoming, the A3 may be small but it's a pleasure to live with – its standard panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights and leather seating only sweeten the deal. The new-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a prime competitor, as are the cheaper Acura ILX and Buick Verano, but the A3 distinguishes itself as a traditional, albeit compact, premium sedan...at least until the sportback and convertible versions arrive. We like the A3 and we're guessing luxury buyers looking to downsize will too.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Audi A3 if you're in the market for a smaller and consequently cheaper luxury car. More traditional than the Mercedes-Benz CLA and more legit than the Acura ILX, the A3 feels like a real-deal premium car, just in a smaller package.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2015 A3 sedan has its charms, but it is not a major risk taker. For bold styling, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is a better choice, while the BMW 2 Series Coupe is arguably more thrilling to drive.

What's New for 2015

The Audi A3 sedan is all-new for 2015.

Driving It Driving Impressions

From the driver's seat the A3 feels compact, but not in a disconcerting, exposed way, but rather like the unnecessary mass has been removed. Small-car fans will find a lot to like here. The ride is supple and the cabin quiet, helping make daily commutes or long-distance travel all the more tolerable. Despite its stable, pleasant demeanor on the freeway, the A3 remains impressively agile in the corners. Diesel, hybrid and high-performance variants are on the way, but at launch the A3 comes with two turbocharged gasoline powertrains – a front-wheel-drive 170-horsepower 1.8-liter that eagerly sprints to 60 mph in slightly more than seven seconds, or an all-wheel-drive 220-horsepower 2.0-liter that does the run to 60 in less than six seconds. Knocking out gear changes with impressive speed and smoothness, a standard 6-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic transmission rounds out the A3's well-sorted dynamic package.

Favorite Features

BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO
We're suckers for a sweet stereo, and the A3's optional 705-Watt, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen unit certainly qualifies. We've loved the sweet B&O audio found in Audi's larger vehicles, so it's a real pleasure to see that excellence trickle down to the brand's most frugal offering.

AUDI ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL WITH STOP & GO
Not only can the A3's adaptive cruise control automatically maintain a pre-selected distance from the car ahead, it can bring the vehicle to stop if needed. Your daydreaming commutes just got a little safer.


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