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Audi's A3 is a compelling entry-level luxury car, but it lacks certain expected features for its price, and the interior, though well-made, feels austere. It's solid and quiet, and the A3's crisp handling and firm, controlled ride make the small sedan enjoyable to drive.
The cabin is quiet, and the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seat is tight. It takes a bit of time to get used to the infotainment system, but it ultimately proves to be logical. It's easy to hit $40,000 with just a few options. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on all trims except for the sporty RS 3. A redesigned A3 will arrive in North America for the 2022 model year.
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2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
The 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.
$22,825 - $37,825
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$19,950 - $33,125
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$17,500 - $29,900
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$14,125 - $26,275
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$11,900 - $20,550
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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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$8,125 - $11,425
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$6,925 - $10,200
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$6,425 - $9,450
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$5,750 - $9,050
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$5,325 - $9,775
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$4,875 - $8,950
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$4,700 - $6,750
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$4,575 - $5,875
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