2016 Audi A3

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Audi A3 base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-36 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Rich interior materials
  • Audi refinement
  • Leather upholstery standard

The Bad

  • Snug backseat
  • Numb steering feel
  • Quattro all-wheel drive eats into trunk room
  • Options quickly make it expensive
2016 Audi A3 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi A3

  • Turbocharged gas or diesel four-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sedan or convertible body style
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission standard
  • Panoramic moonroof standard (sedan)

2016 Audi A3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Audi redesigned the subcompact A3 line last year, replacing the previous generation hatchback with sedan and convertible body styles while adding a performance-oriented S3 sedan model. Engine choices include turbocharged 1.8- and 2.0-liter gas four-cylinders and, for the A3 sedan, a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel. Both body styles are available with front- or all-wheel drive.  Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Acura ILX and BMW 2 Series.

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New for 2016
The A3 adds a backup camera, parking sensors, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and Alu-optic interior trim as standard equipment.
Significant Standard Features

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights and taillights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Retractable multimedia screen
  • Panoramic sunroof (sedan)
  • Active rollover protection (convertible)
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices 
  • LED headlights
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Blind spot warning

S3
The S3 is a performance version of the A3 sedan that comes with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder and standard Quattro all-wheel drive. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission.
What's Special

  • Sport suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Unique grille and other exterior and inte...
Vehicle Overview

Audi redesigned the subcompact A3 line last year, replacing the previous generation hatchback with sedan and convertible body styles while adding a performance-oriented S3 sedan model. Engine choices include turbocharged 1.8- and 2.0-liter gas four-cylinders and, for the A3 sedan, a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel. Both body styles are available with front- or all-wheel drive.  Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Acura ILX and BMW 2 Series.

(Skip to details on the: S3)

New for 2016
The A3 adds a backup camera, parking sensors, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and Alu-optic interior trim as standard equipment.
Significant Standard Features

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights and taillights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Retractable multimedia screen
  • Panoramic sunroof (sedan)
  • Active rollover protection (convertible)
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices 
  • LED headlights
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Blind spot warning

S3
The S3 is a performance version of the A3 sedan that comes with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder and standard Quattro all-wheel drive. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission.
What's Special

  • Sport suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Unique grille and other exterior and interior enhancements
  • New Black Optic Performance Package includes matte-finish wheels, black exterior trim and an adaptive suspension

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Latest 2016 A3 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best A3 to Date!

by Nightshade39 from Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 22, 2018

I have owned this car for almost 2 years, and have absolutely loved every aspect of it. Mine in particular is the 2.0L Quattro, which makes a huge difference over the 1.8 which I test drove before my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I?ve owned

by Audiowner2867 from Appleton, WI on November 30, 2017

Great AWD system. Will get you through anything. Is very fun to drive, nice and quick. Great interior and exterior design. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Audi A3 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Audi A3 1.8T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, up to 6 yr/100k mile Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 6 yr/100k mile from the original in-service date plus balance of New Vehicle Corrosion Perforation Warranty (12 years), plus the balance of no- charge scheduled maintenance for the remainder of the New Vehicle limited warranty ($85 deductible), Return/Exchange policy may vary.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker