2011 Audi A3

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Audi A3. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Audi A3

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

2011 Audi A3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ho...
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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent car

by Belinda from Ottawa on May 30, 2018

After test driving it I fall in love with the smooth drive and how comfortable the seat . I knew right away that the car I would like to have . I wish Audi would make a model or two for middle class ... Read full review

(3.0)

good for everyday driving

by rdma from fontana ca on August 6, 2017

this car is not a performance car is more like a golf with and audi badge but yeah is all about the looks Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Audi A3 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Audi A3 2.0T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker