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Audi improves upon its capable entry-level A3 sedan with an all-new 2022 model featuring sleek exterior styling, a more refined, driver-focused interior, and technology upgrades that are already standard on larger and more expensive Audis. Among them are an optional configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster--known in Audi parlance as the 'virtual cockpit'--and active driver assistance features.
The new-for-2022 A3 and its sporty S3 counterpart have larger interior and exterior dimensions than the previous iteration. The S3 augments its more staid A3 sibling with a lower stance, a more powerful engine, bigger, vented front brakes and vented rear brakes, and Audi’s adaptive sport suspension system. Both the A3 and S3 will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and will be available in the U.S. only as a four-door sedan.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
This wholly redesigned Audi A3 is part of a wave of compact luxury-branded models for buyers who have one eye on their budget and the other on gas prices. While it's tempting to get the basic Premium model, with the 1.8-liter engine for its relatively low price, you might be happier with the Premium Plus trim, which includes more of the features you expect in a luxury car and lets you get the Driver Assistance package, which includes blind-spot monitoring.
For 2016, Audi added a standard backup camera, heated mirrors, and a USB port—replacing the optional media interface and its unique Audi proprietary cable. Also, a front-wheel drive hatchback with a plug-in hybrid powertrain joined the line.
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2020 Audi A3
$30,300 - $34,825
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$27,725 - $42,950
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$25,300 - $38,475
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2017 Audi A3
$21,700 - $34,350
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$17,300 - $29,725
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2015 Audi A3
$15,675 - $24,325
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2006-2014
2006 Redesign Year
The A3 is an upscale little hatchback with a tasteful interior and, in most versions, a gutsy turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Closely related to the VW Golf and Jetta, the A3 hatchback resembles a small wagon.
Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available as an option. We found the A3 quite nimble and quick in our tests, but the steering feels a little too light at low speeds. The automated manual S-tronic transmission works very well. A more powerful 3.2-liter V6 was optional on front-drive and standard with AWD models until 2009. Starting with 2010, the V6 went away and a 140-hp four-cylinder diesel joined the lineup. The 2013 models were the last year for this version of the little hatchback, as a new sedan replaced it for the 2015 model year.
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$13,175 - $16,200
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$10,925 - $14,025
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$9,200 - $12,250
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$7,575 - $10,850
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$6,800 - $11,275
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$6,050 - $10,050
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$5,700 - $7,675
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$4,950 - $6,200
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