2015 Audi A3 Review


As opposed to a small car made better, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says the 2015 Audi A3 is a better car made small. The entry-level luxury sedan is aimed at hooking Gen Y while they're young, but anyone who appreciates "surprisingly strong" acceleration and "astonishing ride quality" would do well to give this "remarkable little car" due consideration. Bragman was less impressed with the A3's "joyless" steering feel, but overall this is a car that makes its nearly $31,000 starting price seem like a bargain. Read Bragman's review below.

2015 Audi A3 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (18)

2015 Audi A3 Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award


The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute announced Tuesday. The compact luxury sedan (previously a hatchback) received scores of "good" for performance in the IIHS' five crashworthiness tests — including small overlap protection, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head-restraint — as well as an "advanced" rating for front crash protection.

2015 Audi A3: First Drive

The A3 is available with an optional front crash prevention system that qualified it for the IIHS' advanced rating in the new-for-2014 test. The system has automatic braking technology, which helped the car avoid a crash in a test at 12 mph. Meanwhile, in the 2-year-old small overlap test, in which 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph to replicate a collision with a tree or utility pole, IIHS reported that the sedan also performed strongly.

"The structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver's space," IIHS said in a statement. "The dummy’s movement was well-controlled, and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury."

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By Matt Schmitz | March 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3: First Drive

Driving Audi's all-new A3 sedan around the hills of Silicon Valley reveals a remarkable little car. Ride quality is outstanding, material quality is top notch and acceleration is impressive; the only letdown in the A3's performance is steering feel that's tuned more for ease than sport.

Under the hood, two powertrains are currently available for the A3 (more are coming). The base car starts out with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 200 pounds-feet of torque that's sent only to the front wheels through Audi's S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That may not seem like a lot of power, but it comes on surprisingly strong. If you keep the transmission in Sport mode, different algorithms will keep the turbo engine in the sweet spot to allow for more aggressive driving. It does experience a little torque steer, however, and it will even chirp the tires from a standing start, but it's by no means slow. This is a rare instance where the base engine is actually desirable.

2015 Audi A3 and S3 at the 2013 New York Auto Show

The more powerful engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's mated only to Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system also through the six-speed automatic — no manual transmission is offered in the A3. It's pumping out a robust 220 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque and is downright quick. Thanks to the all-wheel drive, torque steer is not a problem. Quattro adds 187 pounds to the A3 and takes out 2 cubic feet of trunk space, but the benefits to owners who live in inclement climates are real.

By Aaron Bragman | March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App


Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Ad Announces Price of 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

According to a Mercedes-Benz ad running Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, you won't have to make a deal with the devil to own a luxury vehicle and enjoy all of the "seductive" side effects that come with it. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class — the automaker's first front-wheel-drive compact sedan — will start at $29,900 when it hits dealerships in September (no word yet on the destination charge), according to the TV spot. The CLA-Class starts higher than many competitors, including the 2013 Audi A3 ($28,165), 2013 Acura ILX ($26,795) and 2013 Buick Verano ($23,965). All competitor prices include destination.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (3)

Audi Puts 4G Wireless Into Cars


Audi continues to advance in-car wireless communication with today's unveiling of the 2013 A3 with 4G LTE connectivity at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

"With peak data rates approaching 100 megabits per second, the enhanced Audi connect services in the A3 are expected to transform the user experience and provide enhanced features such as an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, internet radio, Web services and an augmented navigation system that presents street level visual imagery streamed to the vehicle," an Audi news release stated.

In addition to enhancing real-time navigation and weather and travel information, the upgrade to the LTE, aka long-term evolution, wireless standard will provide faster Wi-Fi hotspot access for as many as eight wireless devices in the car, Audi stated.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Audi A3 Sedan Concept Headed to Geneva


We’re not sure the U.S. needs an Audi sedan smaller than the A4 — you can weigh in on that in the comments below — but the rest of the world might. The company will unveil a concept version of an A3 sedan at the Geneva International Motor Show next week.
The A3 hatchback has been on sale stateside since 2005 but has seen only lukewarm sales because of a relatively high price tag and small interior space. Would a sedan version be any more welcome? Maybe if it has the concept’s 408-horsepower turbocharged engine and Quattro all-wheel drive.
While there likely won’t be much said for the A3’s future in the U.S., we’d hazard a guess the next-generation hatchback and sedan will look a lot like this concept.

By David Thomas | February 21, 2011 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: Audi A3, TT, TT Roadster

2009a3 Audi is recalling 2,500 A3s, TTs and TT roadsters from the 2009 model year equipped with S tronic transmissions. A very small number of 2010 A3s are also included. The recall involves models built between September 2008 and August 2009.  

The recall is due to a fault in the transmission that leads to warning lights going off in the dashboard. In severe cases, the transmission will shift into neutral while driving. Audi will inspect and repair all models included in the recall.

Audi will begin contacting owners over the next few weeks, but you can contact Audi’s help line at 1-800-253-AUDI (2834).



By David Thomas | August 21, 2009 | Comments (6)

2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI at 2009 Detroit Auto Show


  • Competes with: Mini Cooper, Volvo C30
  • Looks like: Your everyday A3 hatchback
  • Drivetrain: 140-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with six-speed automatic; front-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2010

German luxury automakers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have all been announcing diesel-powered models for the U.S., but many of the models getting diesel engines have been larger cars and SUVs. Now, Audi has added a diesel engine to its smallest model for 2010: the A3 2.0 TDI.

The A3 2.0 TDI hatchback is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that uses common-rail direct injection. It makes 140 hp, but as is customary with diesels it produces a whopping amount of torque; the diesel is rated at 236 pounds-feet, which is nearly as much as Audi's 3.2-liter V-6 gas engine produces. The diesel pairs with Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Official fuel-economy figures haven't been released, but Audi says the A3 2.0 TDI should get more than 40 mpg on the highway. Pricing hasn't been announced either, but Audi says it will be released around the time the car goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.

As long as the cost of diesel fuel stays higher than gasoline — lessening the economic impact of a diesel engine's efficiency gains — it's going to be difficult to get buyers to consider diesel cars and their expensive engine technology when gasoline equivalents are available. As we saw in 2008, however, fuel prices can change rapidly over a short period of time, and the market could be quite different a year from now when the A3 2.0 TDI hits dealerships.More photos below.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2009 | Comments (7)

2009 Audi A3 Gets a Nose Job


When a new or revised model gets announced, we usually list bullet points on what it competes with, what it looks like, what’s under the hood, etc. Those bullet points kind of shout to the reader “Hey, look at me, I’ve been updated or introduced!” The 2009 Audi A3, however, gets some … new headlights and taillights. 

We’re intentionally downplaying the model-year changes in part because Audi themselves only released one photo for the U.S., which doesn’t show the rear of the car at all. That is, in fact, a portion that they say they’ve changed. Nor do we get a look at the “fine-tuned” interior which actually remains the same, except for new coloring and “decorative inlays.”

Engine choices also remain the same with the 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder or 250-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with Quattro all-wheel drive. Quattro will be an option on the 2.0 models. There is a new dual-clutch transmission teamed to the larger engine. A new option is Audi’s magnetic ride system, which allows drivers to change the suspension for sport or comfort. This would also raise the price of what many consider an already pricey little luxury vehicle; it starts just under $26,000. But hey, you get LED headlamps now.

Prices for 2009 haven’t been announced, but it will go on sale this fall. We don’t expect a big price bump. Check out photos of how the 2009 compares to the 2008 below. 

By David Thomas | April 28, 2008 | Comments (9)

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