Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2019 Audi A3 OVERVIEW
The 2019 Audi A3, the automaker's smallest car, offers all the expected luxury features and all-wheel-drive capability at an attractive price. It remains a popular choice among buyers who admire Audi engineering, but don't need the space of the brand's larger vehicles.
What's New for 2019
The A3 continues with minimal changes.
Choosing Your Audi A3
The A3 starts out with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of toque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission does the shifting. With Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system ($3,100), the engine puts out 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The front-wheel-drive A3 is EPA-rated at 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined, while all-wheel-drive models come in at 24/31/27 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The Cabriolet convertible version of the A3 is offered with the same equipment choices as the sedan. Both body styles come in three trim levels:
In terms of comfort and convenience, the 2019 Audi A3 is equipped well from the start. Whether to upgrade is a matter of how much technology the buyer must have. The quattro system offers more than all-weather capability – it makes a noticeable improvement in everyday performance.