• (4.9) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $31,200–$40,300
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-29 See how it ranks
  • Engine: 220-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2017 Audi A3

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Audi A3

What We Don't Like

  • Styling update barely noticeable
  • Snug backseat
  • Numb steering feel
  • Quattro all-wheel drive eats into trunk room
  • Options quickly make it expensive
  • Torquey diesel variant canceled

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engines (no more diesel)
  • Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
  • Sedan or convertible bodystyle
  • Standard dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Standard dual-clutch automatic transmission

2017 Audi A3 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Audi's entry-level sedan and convertible get a mild update for the 2017 model year, bringing some new styling, additional features and a simplification of powertrains to the luxury car's lineup. Changes are coming to the A3 sedan, A3 Cabriolet convertible and S3 performance sedan in October, but the A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid will continue on unchanged; it will get its own updates at a later date.
ExteriorFrom the outside, not much has changed. The front end is slightly revised with new undercut headlights and a larger Singleframe grille, while the back end gets new LED taillights and an updated bumper and diffuser for the Cabriolet. The S3 gets a slightly different grille with additional bars, while Premium Plus and Prestige trims get a standard S-Line appearance package. Out back, the A3 and A3 Cabriolet get dual exhaust, while the A3 continues with a quad-outlet exhaust system.
InteriorInside, changes are mostly to the vehicles' electronics. Audi's virtual cockpit is now optional, which replaces the gauge cluster with an LCD display screen like the one seen in the new R8, TT and A4 models. Unlike the TT and R8, however, the system will retain the retractable display screen in the dash, allowing passengers to use the system as well.

Two new connectivity options are available: Audi Connect Prime, which brings remote services like Google Earth, traffic and route guidance info, online travel info, internet radio and Twitter alerts, and the additional Audi Connect Plus that adds 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity to the car.

Under the HoodThe A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet are powered by a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, employing Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive. The smaller 1.8-liter engine and front-wheel-drive combination will be updated later in the year; for the car's initial launch, only the 2.0T engine and all-wheel-drive combination will be available. The S3 continues on with a more powerful version of this engine, making 292 hp and using the same transmission.
SafetyAudi has made some updates to the A3's available electronic safety equipment as well; the automaker's  radar-based forward collision warning and autonomous braking system is now standard. If a collision is imminent, the system will begin to close the windows and sunroof and pre-tighten the seat belts. In addition to a standard backup camera, Audi offers a full complement of optional safety systems, including active lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, adaptive full-speed cruise control, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Consumer Reviews

(4.9)

Average based on 21 reviews

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A fun car to drive

by Zoomzoom from McLean on November 27, 2017

Great handling and driving experience, having trouble with gas gauge and gas sensor when I got it, it's in the dealer service now

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2017 Audi A3 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Audi A3 2.0T Premium

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Audi A3 2.0T Premium

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
A

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Small overlap front
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

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

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/10,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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