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2012 Audi A3

2012 Audi A3

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$7,620 — $16,748 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
24-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Somewhat snug interior
  • High windowsills
2012 Audi A3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Audi A3
  • Turbocharged gas or diesel four-cylinder engines
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available dual-clutch transmission
  • Optional Open Sky sunroof
  • Coupelike silhouette

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2012 Audi A3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Audi A3 is a premium hatchback that competes with models like the Volvo C30. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the A3 are available in the 2.0T (gas) trim level. A 2.0 TDI diesel model comes only with front-wheel drive.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The A3’s single-frame tapered grille dominates the front end. The 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
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust outlets and wraparound taillights
  • Optional bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lamps
  • Chrome accents


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 shades for each section. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard leather seating surfaces
  • Standard satellite radio and MP3 jack
  • Optional power driver’s seat
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional wood trim

Under the Hood
Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Front-drive gas mode...

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Audi A3 is a premium hatchback that competes with models like the Volvo C30. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the A3 are available in the 2.0T (gas) trim level. A 2.0 TDI diesel model comes only with front-wheel drive.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The A3’s single-frame tapered grille dominates the front end. The 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
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust outlets and wraparound taillights
  • Optional bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lamps
  • Chrome accents


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 shades for each section. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard leather seating surfaces
  • Standard satellite radio and MP3 jack
  • Optional power driver’s seat
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional wood trim

Under the Hood
Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Front-drive gas models can have a six-speed manual gearbox or the S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic with a manual-shift mode. The all-wheel-drive gas-engine A3 comes only with the automatic.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder that powers 2.0 TDI models makes 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque and comes only with the dual-clutch automatic and front-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • Electromechanical steering offers speed-dependent power assistance
  • Standard hill-hold assist helps control vehicle on steep grades
  • Optional sport suspension


Safety
Rear-seat 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
  • Antilock disc brakes

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great diesel fuel mileage

by Jacs429 from Pa on June 7, 2020

A great size wagon. Great on fuel, wonderful handling. Audi has extended warranty for diesel engines. Alcantara interior is so stylish and easy to clean Read full review

(4.0)

Fuel efficient & reliable 2012 Audi A3 Wagon

by Grampa Duck from Knoxville, TN on April 20, 2020

Above all use a good fuel additive to clean your injectors and a good oil additive. I am using Opti-lube. It is pricey, but protects the motor and what not. I have not used them enough for an ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Audi A3 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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