2016 Audi A3

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$4,451–$44,331 Inventory Prices

Key Specs of the 2016 Audi A3

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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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

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 Road Test

Aaron Bragman

Editor's note: This review was written in April 2014 about the 2015 Audi A3. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

The 2015 A3 is an impressive introduction to the Audi lineup, featuring luxury ride quality, sophisticated electronics and peppy powertrains; it's let down by numb steering and unremarkable fuel economy.

Want to know what the hottest thing in the luxury segment is these days? You're looking at it: Small, entry-level sedans from established luxury brands aiming to suck the millennial generation in with enticing design, luxury content and the latest in electronic wizardry. This is the new 2015 Audi A3, the brand's attempt to lure the few affluent members of this group — the young professionals, the trendy fashionistas, the movers and shakers.

Audi is doing it by providing an updated version of the A3 that's been on sale here since the 2006 model year. Gone is the four-door hatchback version (for now), replaced by a more traditional "three-box" sedan layout, meaning it has a trunk and fixed rear glass. It also sits on new underpinnings, shared as before with the Volkswagen Golf and Audi TT (see how the 2013 and 2015 model A3s compare here; Audi skipped the 2014 model year). It's longer than an Audi TT, with a longer wheelbase too, but shorter than the A4 sedan, which has grown a bit since its introduction... Read more

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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 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

(5.0)

Best Possible Car for the Money

by MikeJC from St. Simons Island on November 12, 2017

Most exciting and enjoyable car I have ever owned! I know I can always count on my A3, whether it be for its acceleration or just for a casual relaxing drive. It exceeds in all categories but blows th... Read full review

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