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2016 1.8T Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $30,900
2016 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $33,200
2016 2.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $34,200
2016 1.8T Premium 2dr Front-Wheel Drive Cabriolet Price:   -  From $36,600
2016 2.0T Premium 2dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Cabriolet Price:   -  From $39,600
2016 S3 2.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $42,500

Overview

As Audi’s newest and most affordable sedan, the A3 delivers the brand’s trademark refinement and sensibility in a small package that’s priced within reach of the average new car buyer.

What's New for 2016

Several previously optional features are now standard.

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Choosing Your Audi A3

The front-drive A3 starts out with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 170 horsepower. Buyers interested in performance can upgrade to a 2-liter turbo that puts out a healthy 220 horsepower. The larger engine comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. Finally, there's a 150-horsepower turbodiesel version of the 2-liter (TDI) that returns 35 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Regardless of engine, the A3 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels:

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Premium

Comes fully equipped with a leather interior with driver power, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, parking sensors, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, 17-inch wheels (18-inch available), and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio. Navigation and heated seats are available as individual options.

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Premium Plus

Gets the Premium's options as standard, plus a power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition and blind sport monitoring.

Audi A3

Prestige

Tops off the A3 with full LED headlamps, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and specific exterior styling details. Available only on the Prestige is the Advanced Technology package with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and front collision alert with automatic braking.

All trim levels can get a Sport package with an upgraded suspension, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, and selectable driving modes. It's an absolute bargain at $800—or a mere $250 if you want just the sportier suspension. Rear side airbags continue as a standalone options.

CarsDirect Tip

With this year's boost in standard equipment, the Premium feels more like a proper luxury car, and we no longer think it's necessary to upgrade to the Premium Plus. If you've got a sporting bone in your body, we do heartily recommend the gas 2-liter engine with all-wheel drive, which transforms the A3's performance for a reasonable $3,000.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The price leader of the Audi line, the subcompact A3 sedan is one of the most affordable luxury-branded vehicles you can buy. That alone makes it worth checking out, to say nothing of its fidelity to traditional Audi values.

Pricing and Equipment

The A3 lineup consists of three models, each with its own engine:

  • The 1.8T starts at $30,900 and carries a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.
  • The turbodiesel TDI model has a base price of $33,200.
  • The line-topping 2.0T Quattro with its larger engine and all-wheel drive begins at $34,200.

All variants are available in three subtrims:

  • Premium models get plenty of equipment, including leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a rearview camera.
  • Upgrading to the Premium Plus adds about $2,500 to any model and gets you 18-inch wheels (17s are standard) and keyless ignition.
  • For around $8,500 above the base prices, you can get a Prestige model with specific exterior trim and numerous tech and convenience upgrades.

Performance Pros

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The standard 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower. For a boost in efficiency, you can opt for a 2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder (TDI) with 150 horsepower. The top choice, a 220-horsepower 2-liter turbo, comes paired with all-wheel drive.

Performance highlights include:

  • Transmissions: All models carry Audi's six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, dubbed S Tronic.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The TDI achieves a stunning 43 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg in combined driving, which makes it one of the most efficient luxury cars available. Both the 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbos deliver 33 mpg on the highway. Surprisingly, the 2-liter eeks out 24 mpg around town, 1 mpg more than the 1.8-liter. This a rare case of an all-wheel drive model getting (slightly) better mileage than its two-wheel drive counterpart.
  • Handling/Steering Around town, the A3's light steering reminded us of a traditional luxury car. But things firmed up quickly when we hit the gas for some spirited driving. There's certainly no shortage of athleticism when you want it.

Performance Cons

  • While the optional 18-inch tires help with handling, they interfere with ride quality too much for our liking.
  • The standard 1.8-liter doesn't really impress with its power or efficiency. An engine upgrade is necessary to truly achieve either.

Interior Pros

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  • The dash layout manages to be both stylish and simple, with more of a sporty orientation than we expected.
  • Rich-looking leather upholstery comes standard, whereas as most competitors start out with some form of vinyl.

Interior Cons

  • The A3 is on the smallest end of the luxury class, a distinction that will be apparent to any adult relegated to the backseat.
  • Some comfort features are oddly missing from the option list, including a power passenger seat, ventilated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We expected the A3 to be at least as quiet as, say, the Buick Verano, but it isn't. Road and wind noise march right into the cabin at highway speeds.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

In terms of exterior design, the A3 is nothing less than pure Audi. There's no image penalty for driving the brand's most affordable model.

The Bottom Line

If luxury sedans appeal to you in every way except price, the A3 just might be the car you've been waiting for.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 170 HP / 200 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 170 HP / 200 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 33 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
175.0 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
55.8 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
36.4 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,175 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
18.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 10-way (8-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 14 Bang & Olufsen
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense Basic Forward Collision Warning / Audi Pre Sense Front Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot / Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iv
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 5,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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