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2020 Audi A3

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3.4 (Good)

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2020 2.0T Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $33,300
2020 2.0T S line Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $36,500
2020 S3 2.0T S line Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $43,000


What's New

The 2020 Audi A3, the brand's pipsqueak sedan, is largely unchanged for the new model year. This isn't too surprising considering an all-new, next-generation A3 is in the wings and set to roll out in 2021.

In anticipation of the upcoming model, a new Final Edition package is available that includes leather-upholstered sport seats with contrast stitching, puddle lights that cast an illuminated "beam ring," and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters.

In addition, the cabriolet version was discontinued, so the four-door sedan is all that's left. The only other notable changes to the A3 include a newly standard rear USB port, Bang and Olufsen audio system, and automatic high beams on Premium Plus models. On the base Premium model, the available Side and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist package now includes front and rear parking sensors.

Choosing Your Audi A3

The Audi A3 is available in two trims: Premium and Premium Plus. Pricing starts at $34,295 including destination for the Premium and rises to $37,295 for the Premium Plus.

An S Line subtrim is also on offer with either model; it comes standard with a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, and a sportier aesthetic look. It costs $3,200 over an ordinary A3.

Engine Choices

The A3 comes with a choice of two four-cylinder engines. Both are turbocharged and displace 2.0 liters, but the optional unit is worked over to put out more power.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder184 hp221 lb-ft30 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder228 hp258 lb-ft25 mpg

The extra power in the optional motor lets 0-60 mph happen in 5.5 seconds, compared to 6.4 seconds for the standard motor.

Both engines pair with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you want your A3 equipped with Audi's famed quattro all-wheel-drive system, you have to buy the 228-horsepower engine that's part of the $3,200 S Line option.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Practicality is inherently compromised with a trunk. This becomes exacerbated in a car this small: the A3's cargo space is a paltry 12.3 cubic feet, or 10 cubic feet in S Line form.

However, isn't terrible for the class – it matches or exceeds the trunk space of other tiny sedans – but goes to show why hatchbacks rule the roost in places like Europe, where small cars dominate the market and the most popular A3 variant is the three-door hatch. Our indifference to small cars means we don't get this variant, but at least the rear seats on the sedan fold down for an added bit of space.

The A3 seats five, and its compact front-wheel-drive packaging mean space is surprisingly plentiful. It's even more roomy than some significantly larger rear-wheel-drive luxury sedans, and is far, far better than the gym locker-sized back seat of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Headroom in the A3 is also generous thanks to the formal, upright roofline.

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Safety Features

Standard driver-assist technologies are few in the A3. The most notable are automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, which are included as part of the Audi Pre Sense suite of features.

Besides alerting drivers to imminent accidents and automatically stomping on the brakes, Pre Sense will also tighten the seat belts, raise the windows, and turn on the hazard lights if an accident is anticipated.

The Side and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist Package ($600) that's available on the Premium model comes with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. All of this is standard equipment on the Premium Plus.

An automated parking system, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are bundled in the Driver Assistance Package ($1,200), which is only available on Premium Plus models.


All Audi A3 models come standard with a 7-inch screen featuring Audi's MMI infotainment setup. Rather than a touchscreen, users must manipulate a large burled-knob rotary controller that figures prominently in the center console; you spin and click the dial to scroll through menus and make selections.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility come standard, as does SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, and HD radio. Whatever your preferred music platform, all tunes are belted out by a 10-speaker audio system with 140 watts. You can plug in your phone with an aux adapter or one of the two USB ports found upfront.

If you want more, the Premium Plus models up the ante with their $2,000 Navigation Package. This grouping of goodies includes an upgraded infotainment software with navigation, handwriting recognition technology, and a fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch screen and multiple customizable menus. It also includes a six-month trial with Audi cloud services.

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Premium - From $34,295

The base A3 Premium is no bare-bones four-door, equipped as it is with dual-zone climate control, heated seats wrapped in leather upholstery, keyless start and entry, and a panoramic roof. On the outside, it wears 18-inch wheels and high-gloss titanium trim, and lights the way with xenon headlights.

Sportier front seats with bigger bolsters are $800. Also costing $800 is the Final Edition Package, which includes those seats as well as puddle lights and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Premium Plus - From $37,295

Compared to the Premium, the Premium Plus adds LED headlights, a 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system, an auto-dimming interior mirror, two USB ports for the rear seat, and a 12-volt outlet in the trunk.

Options are mostly identical to what's available on the Premium, save the addition of the Navigation and Driver Assistance Packages previously discussed.

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CarsDirect Tip

If you want a 2020 Audi A3 with the technology and active safety packages, you're looking at spending somewhere around $40,000 – money that would be better spent on a bigger car than this. For this reason, we'd stick with the base Premium and its more palatable price tag.

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Expert Review

  • Good power from engines
  • High-tech standard features
  • Good safety
  • Not a terrible value
  • Price soars with options
  • Convertible is gone
  • Tiny trunk, rear seat
  • Redesign coming in 2021
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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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Impressive safety. The 2020 Audi A3 earned good crash test scores from both the IIHS and NHTSA. In the IIHS’ testing, the A3 did well enough to be named a Top Safety Pick, but only in Premium Plus trim with its LED headlights. The NHTSA gave the A3 a five-star overall safety rating.

The A3 also comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which prepares the vehicle for a collision by shutting the windows and sunroof, tightening the seat belts, and activating the hazard lights.

Peppy performance. There are two available engines for the A3. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and comes with front-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive and S Line A3 models have a more powerful version of the four-cylinder that produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Opt for the base engine and the A3 gets excellent fuel economy. The EPA rates the vehicle at up to 30 miles per gallon combined. Adding all-wheel drive and the more powerful engine into the equation lowers fuel economy to 25 mpg combined.

Well-equipped base trim. With a starting price tag of $34,295, the base A3 Premium trim comes well equipped. Standard features include a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, xenon headlights, and LED taillights.

Stepping up to the Premium Plus brings even more high-end features, including a 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full LED headlights, and wireless smartphone charging. Even that trim, which starts at $37,295, represents good value.

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Tight on space. With its subcompact footprint, the A3 has a cozy cabin. Things are tight on the inside and the rear seats are usable, but not by tall passengers. The tight interior translates over to the trunk, too, where the sedan only offers 12 cubic feet of space. AWD models have even smaller trunks with just 10 cubic feet of cargo space.

While the A3 doesn’t have a lot of space, the model does come with high-end materials that are surprising to see for the class. The soft-touch surfaces, upscale trim pieces, and leather upholstery are fantastic.

Final thoughts. Despite its age, the 2020 Audi A3 continues to be a well-rounded option in the compact luxury segment. It’s handsome, and has a good list of standard equipment, lively engines, and great crash test scores. For consumers looking to get luxury on a budget, the A3 fits the bill.

If Audi could improve the amount of interior space, especially in the rear seats, the vehicle would be more impressive. The A3’s tiny trunk might be a no-go for a lot of consumers, too.

There are more competitors than ever, as more brands have started to expand their lineups with smaller options. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a more upscale interior, more high-tech features, and is much newer. The A3, though, has more powerful engines.

BMW recently introduced the all-new 2-Series Gran Coupe. That model has a more powerful standard engine, more available tech features, and more space in the rear seats.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 184 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
7-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 184 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 36 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
175.5 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
55.7 "
Front Headroom
36.5 "
Rear Headroom
36.1 "
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
3,197 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
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
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 10-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
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 Sport
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1 / 2
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 Front Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High-beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Audi Parking System Plus Front And Rear / Audi Park Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iv
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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