Best Bet
  • (4.7) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $30,900$39,600
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26-36
  • Engine: 170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2016 Audi A3

Our Take on the 2016 Audi A3

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Snug backseat
  • Numb steering feel
  • Quattro all-wheel drive eats into trunk room
  • Options quickly make it expensive

Notable Features

  • 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)


Our Expert Reviews

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&a... Read full review for the 2016 Audi A 3

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Consumer Reviews


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My New Toy

by sports car friend from Buffalo, NY on June 21, 2015

Although the car is "pricey", especially getting it delivered in the way I wanted it equipped, it was worth the wait. I was especially looking for an all wheel drive vehicle with a good number of extr... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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