Audi A3

Audi A3

About Audi A3

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that this vehicle's diesel engine is involved in a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act issued by the EPA to Volkswagen for producing and selling 4-cylinder diesel cars that include a software device that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) determined that these diesel cars emit up to 40 times more pollution than emission standards allow. Recalls, investigations and litigation are currently ongoing.

Redesigned last year, the Audi A3 entry-luxury Sedan, Cabriolet and new hybrid Sportback e-tron plug-in hatchback are popular choices that offer a combination of affordability and established luxury branding, while boasting Audi’s excellent driving dynamics. Sporty and engaging, the 2016 Audi A3 and performance-oriented S3 models don't feel compromised, despite their relatively low prices. The standard panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights and leather seating only sweeten the deal against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, and the less-expensive Acura ILX and Buick Verano. Power choices include the standard gasoline engine, a fuel-efficient turbodiesel, a high-performance turbo 4-cylinder in S3 models, and the gasoline/electric combo in the Sportback e-tron. While the Sportback is front-drive only, Quattro AWD is available on most other Sedan and Cabriolet models.

2016 Audi A3
What's new for 2016?
2016 Audi A3

After launching the A3 last year, the 2016 A3 ups the ante on standard features, adding a rear-view camera and parking sensors, aluminum-look interior trim, and heated mirrors and windshield-washer nozzles. The plug-in A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid hatchback also joins the lineup.

2015 Audi A3
What's new for 2015?
2015 Audi A3

The Audi A3 and high-performance S3 sedans are all-new for 2015. Joining the lineup are a fuel-efficient diesel engine and a fun-to-drive convertible.

2013 Audi A3
What's new for 2013?
2013 Audi A3

There are no major changes to the 2013 Audi A3.

2012 Audi A3
What's new for 2012?
2012 Audi A3

After receiving a modest refresh in 2009 and the end of its current lifecycle in sight, the Audi A3 remains virtually unchanged for the 2012 model year.

2011 Audi A3
What's new for 2011?
2011 Audi A3

With the introduction of the 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel for 2010 (and elimination of the V6 option), changes in 2011 are largely cosmetic. New chrome trim, a couple of new wheel designs (including a new 5-spoke alloy for the Titanium Sport package), and two new blues: Scuba and Deep Sea.

2010 Audi A3
What's new for 2010?
2010 Audi A3

For 2010, Audi drops the 3.2-liter V6 engine option, replacing it with an all-new 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine. Available only with front drive and automatic transmission, the new A3 TDI is expected to exceed 40 mile per gallon highway. Other changes include the addition of last year's S line exterior equipment on all models, while Premium Plus models now feature standard HID head lamps. New options include wood interior trim, leather and alcantara seats and a revised Titanium Sport Package.

2009 Audi A3
What's new for 2009?
2009 Audi A3

New for 2009, the four-cylinder 2.0T model can now be ordered with quattro all-wheel drive. New standard features include leather seating, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auxiliary audio input jack. New standard features on the 3.2 include Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlamps and the Open Sky sunroof. New options for the 3.2 include Audi Magnetic Ride and a new Sport package.

2008 Audi A3
What's new for 2008?
2008 Audi A3

New for 2008 are optional manual rear sunshades, a factory-installed iPod integration system and the Titanium Package, which adds 18-inch RS 4-style wheels, black grille and Piano black interior trim.

2007 Audi A3
What's new for 2007?
2007 Audi A3

The Sport Package is replaced by the S line Package, which features more aggressive front and rear fascias. Also new for 2007 is the addition of SIRIUS Satellite Radio to the Audio Package.

Consumer Reviews

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."

152 people out of 152 found this review helpful

Fantastic Entry Level Audi

By on Monday, January 23, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Enjoyable to drive, tight steering, moves"

Cons: "Tight backseat/trunk, noisy interior"

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

"Leasing a 2015 A3. Performance/handling are excellent. Tight, responsive steering and the car can move due to its light size. Only real complaints relate to its very tight back seat and trunk quarters as well as its noise levels. It really isn't a comfortable car for 4 adults to ride in. Fine for kids in the back seat but trunk is too small to fit a family's belongings. As for noise, its a slightly noisy car than one may anticipate. Test drive on a highway going 75 or so and you'll notice. Otherwise, fantastic little beast - go get it!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love it - owned the TDI A3 for 4 mos and all good!

By on Sunday, December 30, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

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
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great drive, great mileage, great style"

Cons: "Pricey upgrades"

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

"My only regret is not getting a few more options. Didn't want nav so left off some of the finer things in order to save $3-4k or so. Would have liked a few other convenience options but mostly because I left a fully loaded vehicle and got a little spoiled. I commute about 120 miles a couple times a week so the fuel economy more than makes up for missing a few extras. Love the way it drives, and still is the coolest looking fuel saver on the road IMO. Feels very Euro cool and I get lots of compliments from guys and gals across all demographics. I also coach two of my kids' teams so pile lots of coaching gear in the back no problem. I looked at TDI Jetta & Passat, hybrid Lexus hatch and a few others but the full package of the A3 TDI was my favorite and still is."

186 people out of 198 found this review helpful

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