John Diether
Automotive Editor - January 6, 2017

Expert Rating

4.35 (Excellent)
24 City / 33 Highway

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2017 Audi A3 OVERVIEW

Audi's entry-level sedan, the A3 delivers the brand’s trademark refinement and sensibility in a compact package that’s priced within reach of the average new car buyer. Even so, the A3 carries enough standard equipment to qualify as a true luxury ride.

What's New for 2017

All models receive a restyled nose that's more in tune with the rest of the Audi line. Last year's base 1.8-liter and optional turbodiesel engines have been dropped. Front-drive models get a new seven-speed automatic transmission. A collision mitigation system is now standard, and rear cross-traffic alert is available for the first time.

Audi A3

Choosing Your Audi A3

Last year's most powerful engine option is now standard across the board. Every A3 carries a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out a healthy 220 horsepower. Front-drive models run with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while Quattro all-wheel drive models retain a six-speed unit. The A3 returns an impressive 29 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, or 27 mpg with the Quattro system.

Audi also offers a soft-top convertible version known as the Cabriolet, which offers the same equipment and options as the sedan.

Both body styles are available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.


Comes fully equipped with leather upholstery, power driver seat, panoramic sunroof (sedan), a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, 17-inch wheels (18-inch available), and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio. The available Convenience Package tacks on keyless ignition and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Heated front seats are a standalone options.

Premium Plus

Gets the Premium's options as standard, plus a power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and sporty "S line" exterior trim. The available Technology Package adds navigation, digital instrument cluster, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and the Audi Connect telematics system. You can also order full LED exterior lighting and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.


Adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and front collision alert with automatic braking. The Premium Plus's options come standard as well.

An optional $650 Sport Package adds more supportive front seats, selectable driving modes, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters. Selecting the Sport Package forces drivers to add the $250 Sport Suspension, which lowers the ride height slightly. The Premium Plus and Prestige can also add 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires.

CarsDirect Tip

The Premium comes standard with several features (like leather and a panoramic sunroof) that usually cost extra in the entry-level luxury class. That makes it the value leader of the line in our book. Another bargain is the nifty Sport package, which adds just $900—or a mere $250 if you just want the sportier suspension.

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Best Audi Deals & Lease Offers In January

Prices for leasing an Audi have increased almost across the board. For example, the A3 now starts at $489/month, a $130 increase in payment compared to last month. A3 offers... View All Audi Lease Deals

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