2011 Audi A3

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$27,270

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2011 Audi A3
2011 Audi A3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance with gas engine
  • Handling capabilities
  • Wagon versatility
  • Audi refinement

The bad:

  • Somewhat snug interior
  • Lack of luxury touches
  • High windowsills

6 trims

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Our 2011 Audi A3 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Diesel model or turbo four-cylinder
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available dual-clutch transmission
  • Optional Open Sky sunroof
  • Coupelike silhouette

2011 Audi A3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Audi A3 is a premium hatchback that competes with models like the Volvo V50. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the five-seat A3 are available in the 2.0T (gas) trim level. A diesel model comes only with front-wheel drive.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
The A3’s single-frame tapered grille dominates the front end. The A3’s profile gets flatter toward the rear, like a coupe. Round wheel arches enhance the A3’s stance. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust outlets and wraparound taillights
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps
  • New chrome accents
  • Two new wheel designs are available

Interior
A low seating position couples with a tall, wide center console. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather on all models. Round air vents have aluminum surrounds, and there’s aluminum trim on the door and glove box handles. Wide-opening rear doors are intended to ease entry and exit. The available Open Sky two-section glass sunroof includes separate blinds to keep the interior from overheating and guard against the sun’s glare. Interior features include:

  • New chrome accents
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional black headliner and shiny piano-black accents
  • Sirius Satellite Radio standard
  • Standard leather seating surfaces
  • Standard auxiliary audio input
  • Wood trim optional

Under the Hood
Audi’s turbocharged 2.0T gas four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Gas models can have a six-speed manual gearbox or the S tronic automatic with a manual-shift mode and front- or all-wheel drive. The diesel A3 TDI has 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque and comes only with the S tronic automatic and front-wheel drive.

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Four-link independent rear suspension
  • Electromechanical steering offers speed-dependent power assistance
  • Standard hill-hold assist helps control vehicle on steep grades
  • Audi magnetic ride suspension optional

Safety
Rear side-impact airbags are optional. Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Great Used Car

I'd recommend the TDI version of the A3 SportHatch to anyone looking for a great, fun to drive, fuel efficient, sexy hot hatch, with an eye for detail and reliability.

5.0

Best bang for the buck

This TDI has to be one of the best cars I’ve ever owned. The fuel economy is awesome! Even with only 140hp, the car moves just fine, merging on the highway is no problem. Stereo sounds amazing and the dual sunroofs are great. Seats are very comfortable and it looks sporty too!

5.0

Great car

I bought the tdi model and love it. I would buy another one of audi or volkswagon models. Great mpg. The needle never moves. Love passing gas stations I dont have to stop at with a gas vehicle

See all 18 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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