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2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Audi's A3 is a compelling entry-level luxury car, but it lacks some expected features for its price, and the interior, although 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. We tested it with the now-discontinued 1.8-liter engine, which delivered a respectable 27 mpg in our tests. The cabin is quiet, and the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seat, however, 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. A nicely detailed convertible and a sporty RS3 are also available.
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2015-2018
2015 Redesign Year
Audi A3 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $23,250 - $36,875 $20,520 - $33,370
2017 $20,075 - $32,650 $17,520 - $29,370
2016 $17,250 - $28,175 $13,760 - $25,060
2015 $15,100 - $23,325 $11,720 - $20,370
2006-2014
2006 Redesign Year
Audi A3 2014
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 NA NA
2013 $10,600 - $13,450 $7,465 - $10,065
2012 $8,400 - $11,700 $5,425 - $8,425
2011 $7,375 - $10,050 $4,435 - $6,885
2010 $5,925 - $9,400 $3,095 - $6,245
2009 $5,350 - $9,950 $2,545 - $6,745
2008 $5,050 - $9,200 $2,290 - $6,065
2007 $4,775 - $7,150 $2,065 - $4,190
2006 $4,250 - $6,075 $1,670 - $3,200
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Audi A3 Ratings & Reliability
Audi's A3 is a compelling entry-level luxury car, but it lacks some expected features for its price, and the interior, although 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. We tested it with the now-discontinued 1.8-liter engine, which delivered a respectable 27 mpg in our tests. The cabin is quiet, and the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seat, however, 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. A nicely detailed convertible and a sporty RS3 are also available.
2015-2018
2015 Redesign Year
Audi A3 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $23,250 - $36,875 $20,520 - $33,370
2017 $20,075 - $32,650 $17,520 - $29,370
2016 $17,250 - $28,175 $13,760 - $25,060
2015 $15,100 - $23,325 $11,720 - $20,370
2006-2014
2006 Redesign Year
Audi A3 2014
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 NA NA
2013 $10,600 - $13,450 $7,465 - $10,065
2012 $8,400 - $11,700 $5,425 - $8,425
2011 $7,375 - $10,050 $4,435 - $6,885
2010 $5,925 - $9,400 $3,095 - $6,245
2009 $5,350 - $9,950 $2,545 - $6,745
2008 $5,050 - $9,200 $2,290 - $6,065
2007 $4,775 - $7,150 $2,065 - $4,190
2006 $4,250 - $6,075 $1,670 - $3,200