Audi A3 Review
The 2015 Audi A3 ranks 10 out of 16 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.
The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns praise for its peppy turbocharged engines, sporty handling and long list of standard and optional features.
With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Audi A3 is our 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.
The 2015 A3 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that test drivers say produces plenty of power for highway merging. A more powerful, all-wheel drive version of the redesigned A3 sedan is available, and reviewers write that it provides even more impressive acceleration. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Audi A3 gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, and the 2.0-liter model gets 24/33, despite having more horsepower and all-wheel drive. 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 other small cars. Standard features in the 2015 Audi A3 include leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, automatic windshield wipers and headlights 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, proximity key, push-button start, iPod integration, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation and Audi Connect, which uses a 4G cellular connection to provide a WiFi 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
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 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.
Details: 2015 Audi A3
The 2015 Audi A3 is available as a five-seat sedan or a four-seat convertible, which are both available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The high-performance Audi S3 sedan is also available, which comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The base A3 has a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automated manual transmission and front-wheel drive, while a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive are available. The Audi A3 has been completely redesigned for 2015.