John Diether
Automotive Editor - July 8, 2015

Expert Rating

4.7 (Excellent)
25 City / 35 Highway

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2016 Audi A3 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.

2016 Audi A3

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:


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.

Premium Plus

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


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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2016 Audi A3 Rear

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