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The A3 sedan may be the least expensive model in Audi's lineup, but it packs a solid and upscale feel into a small package. The 2022 redesign brings infotainment and connectivity upgrades, trickled down from larger Audis.
The front seats are comfortable and the cabin is nicely finished. The rear seat is cramped, as is the norm in this class. A 201-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with a mild-hybrid setup come standard. The transmission can be clunky and hesitant at low speeds, but once underway the A3 delivers responsive acceleration and outstanding fuel economy of 31 mpg overall on regular fuel. The ride is firm yet steady and comfortable. Handling is nimble, but it's the S3 and RS 3 versions that are the true high-performance models. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, and LKA come standard.
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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
$30,675 - $35,975
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$27,900 - $43,125
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$26,025 - $39,075
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2017 Audi A3
$20,525 - $32,325
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$17,875 - $29,450
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2015 Audi A3
$16,450 - $24,300
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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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$11,950 - $14,825
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$10,225 - $13,250
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$8,725 - $11,850
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2010 Audi A3
$7,325 - $10,375
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$6,800 - $11,250
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$6,525 - $10,525
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$5,950 - $7,925
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$5,125 - $6,325
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