Audi A3 compact sedan is designed for buyers looking for a more luxurious and performance-oriented commuter car. The A3 was first introduced by Audi in 2006 as a hatchback. In 2015, the second generation of the A3 was launched. This time the sedan version was introduced.
The A3’s new generation is vastly improved over the previous model. The A3’s interior is a major improvement. This makes it a more appealing option for its price. The A3 is as composed as any Audi model, even when equipped with Quattro all wheel drive. The steering is very communicative, and the brakes respond well to the pedal. This gives the driver confidence in all road conditions.
Pricing and Trims
The A3 is available in three trims: Prestige, Premium Plus, and Premium Plus. Premium models include leather upholstery, automatic daytime running lights, LED taillights and LED daytime running lamps, power adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, tilt and telescope steering wheel, anti theft alarm and immobilizer and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also SD car slots, Audi pre sense and cruise control. The sound system includes 10 speakers, 10 speakers, CD player and MP3 playback. Premium Plus models include dual zone automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, heated front seats and keyless entry and ignition. Aluminum interior trim, automatic headlights and LED turn signals are also included. All of these Prestige models come with ambient LED lighting, aluminum doorsills, navigation with voice command, a Bang & Olufsen fourteen-speaker soundsystem, color driver information system and SiriusXM traffic. An A3 comes with an MSRP of approximately $30,000. The Premium model has a $29,000 factory invoice. Premium Plus adds $3,200 to vehicle’s MSRP. Prestige adds $4,000. You will always get an upfront price from your Certified dealer. This includes guaranteed savings.
Performance and Engine
The A3 has three engines. The A3’s first engine is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder making 170 horsepower, and 200 lb.ft. of torque. Standard features include front-wheel drive and an automated dual-clutch 6-speed transmission. Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 220 horsepower and 258 Lb.-ft. torque. The same transmission is used, but it comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all wheel drive. A diesel-powered turbocharged 2.0 liter engine is available as a third option (late availability). It produces 150 horsepower.
Audi has made significant improvements to the interior of the A3 to make it more competitive on the market. This has meant that the A3’s interior is free from cheap plastics and other unreliable materials. Leather upholstery is now standard on all trims, rather than the vinyl option. It is similar to other Audis and is well-organized. The 7-inch infotainment screen is easy to read and the interface is simple to use. The WiFi hotspot feature is a great benefit. It allows passengers to surf the Internet and stream music online for everyone. The interior space is adequate for both the driver and front passenger, although it is a bit smaller for taller adults. The seats are all comfortable with the front being more supportive and contoured than the rear. The trunk space is average for this class.