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2019
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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. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.
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 $23,375 - $37,000 $20,620 - $33,470
2017 $19,575 - $32,175 $17,070 - $28,920
2016 $17,050 - $28,025 $13,610 - $24,910
2015 $15,050 - $23,250 $11,670 - $20,320
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 $10,150 - $13,025 $7,065 - $9,665
2012 $8,200 - $11,500 $5,225 - $8,225
2011 $7,425 - $10,100 $4,485 - $6,935
2010 $5,975 - $9,475 $3,145 - $6,295
2009 $5,400 - $10,000 $2,595 - $6,795
2008 $5,100 - $9,250 $2,340 - $6,115
2007 $4,850 - $7,200 $2,115 - $4,240
2006 $4,250 - $6,075 $1,670 - $3,200