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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 has a drum-tight body structure.
Crisp handling and a firm, controlled ride make the A3 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 MMI 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, but except on 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.
$23,900 - $38,900
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$21,175 - $34,375
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$18,300 - $30,950
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$15,625 - $27,675
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$12,675 - $21,275
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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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$8,500 - $11,575
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$7,450 - $10,750
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$6,975 - $9,975
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$6,050 - $9,325
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$5,450 - $9,875
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$4,950 - $9,000
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$4,750 - $6,800
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$4,575 - $5,875
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