2016 Audi A3

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Audi A3. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-36 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Rich interior materials
  • Audi refinement
  • Leather upholstery standard

The Bad

  • Snug backseat
  • Numb steering feel
  • Quattro all-wheel drive eats into trunk room
  • Options quickly make it expensive

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi A3

  • Turbocharged gas or diesel four-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sedan or convertible body style
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission standard
  • Panoramic moonroof standard (sedan)

What Is the 2016 Audi A3?

The 2016 Audi A3 is a subcompact luxury car available in sedan and convertible body styles. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, BMW 2 Series and Acura ILX. Available trim levels are Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The higher-performance 2016 Audi S3 is covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Audi A3?

For 2016, the Audi A3 adds a number of standard features: parking sensors, a backup camera, Alu-optic interior trim, heated side mirrors and heated washer nozzles.

How Does the 2016 Audi A3 Compare to Other Subcompact Luxury Cars?

Among small luxury cars, the 2016 Audi A3 excels in many areas but has some weaknesses. The Buick Verano, for example, is well-equipped and offers a lower starting price. The 2016 Audi A3, however, surpasses the Acura ILX in both performance and refinement. It most closely resembles the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, with similar performance, interior and available features, but the A3 has more passenger room.

What Features in the 2016 Audi A3 Are Most Important?

The 2016 Audi A3 comes standard with a 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Available engines include a 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 150-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. Front-wheel drive is standard on both sedans and convertibles, and all-wheel drive comes on more-expensive trim levels. Standard features include leather upholstery, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights and a retractable multimedia screen. A panoramic moonroof is standard in the sedan, while the convertible has active rollover protection. As is required in all new cars, the 2016 Audi A3 includes an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes.

Available features include a blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, LED headlights, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices (subscription required).

Should I Buy the 2016 Audi A3?

The 2016 Audi A3 is a good choice for luxury-car shoppers who enjoy strong performance, a refined interior, standard leather seating and a comfortable ride. However, the cramped backseat may disappoint rear passengers, and adding Quattro all-wheel drive decreases trunk size.

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2016 Audi A3 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Buy the Quattro

by B91502 from Burbank on August 19, 2018

I came out of a 2014 A4 Quattro that was a dream vehicle until someone ran a red light, totaling it, and still undecided about the A5, I went with the A3 1.8T (I was driving many miles for work and ... Read full review

(3.0)

Great performance, weird interior features

by Audi Owner from Murrysville PA on August 13, 2018

I love the performance and handling, but the interior features are awkward and not user-friendly. The MMI menu system is a dial in push mechanism with a counterintuitive entry system. The seat recline ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Audi A3 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Audi A3 1.8T 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
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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 warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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