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MSRP: $29,900 - $41,100
Invoice: $27,808 - $38,224
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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Audi A3 Review

The 2015 Audi A3 ranks 10 out of 14 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi A3, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns praise for its peppy turbocharged engines, sporty handling and long list of standard and optional features.

The 2015 A3 1.8T comes standard with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that test drivers say produces plenty of power for highway merging. The A3 2.0T and high-performance S3 come with all-wheel drive and a larger turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the A3 TDI has front-wheel drive and a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, which performs similarly to the 1.8T's engine, according to critics. All trims come standard with a six-speed automated manual transmission. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Audi A3 gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, while the TDI gets 31/43, which is excellent. Reviewers agree that the base A3 has a smooth ride, agile handling and responsive steering, while all-wheel drive models are even more dynamic, thanks to their additional grip.

Reviewers remark that the 2015 Audi A3's interior has an attractive, user-friendly design and some of the nicest materials in the class. They like the A3's straightforward infotainment system and long list of standard and optional features. However, the A3 has a small trunk for the class, and most reviewers think its rear seats provide limited head- and legroom when compared with the rear seats in other small cars. Standard features in the 2015 Audi A3 include leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, Bluetooth and Audi's MMI infotainment system. Available features include a 12-way power-adjustable passenger's seat, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, push-button start, iPod integration, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation and Audi Connect, which uses a 4G cellular connection to provide a Wi-Fi hot spot and Google Maps views for the navigation system.

  • "The 2015 Audi A3 is the benchmark for a new, smaller segment of entry-level luxury sedans. It's definitely small, which may be an issue for some, but it's no less luxurious or rewarding to drive than pricier Audis." -- Edmunds
  • "Mercedes-Benz broke new ground with the CLA. Audi walked the same path, with more commitment, and made a better car. The A3 feels like it has more interior space, an airier cabin, more comfort, and fewer blind spots for the driver. It's also a sharper handler." -- Road and Track
  • "Audi has caught on to America's aversion to hatchbacks. The result of this realization is a quick course correction, a proper sedan that is also a blast to drive. With a wide array of powertrain, luxury and technology options, the A3 offers something for everyone at an attractive entry price." -- Left Lane News
  • "Both sporty and welcoming, the A3 may be small but it's a pleasure to live with – its standard panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights and leather seating only sweeten the deal." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class impresses reviewers with its athletic handling, and they say its well-appointed, quiet interior looks like it belongs in a more expensive car. Additionally, the turbocharged four-cylinder CLA250 uses less fuel than the base A3.

Reviewers write that the Buick Verano has a very comfortable ride and a luxurious interior. It also has one of the largest trunks in its class, and critics add that its available turbocharged engine is quite powerful.

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Details: 2015 Audi A3

The 2015 Audi A3 is offered in five-seat sedan and four-seat Cabriolet (convertible) body styles. Trims range from the base A3 1.8T Premium sedan, which comes with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, to the A3 2.0T Prestige convertible, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. A diesel-powered A3 TDI trim and a high-performance S3 trim are also available. All A3 trims come standard with a six-speed automated manual transmission. The Audi A3 has been completely redesigned for 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 4/16/15

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