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2016 Audi A3

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$15,538 — $27,374 USED
4-5 Seats
26-36 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Audi A3 exterior side view

What to Know

about 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)

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Our Take

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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.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2016 Audi A3 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Audi redesigned the subcompact A3 line last year, replacing the previous generation hatchback with sedan and convertible bo... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

44 reviews — Read All reviews
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I Loved the car but was not happy with the tires

by LINDA “ZUMBA” from Long Island New York on January 20, 2019

Car meet some of my needs but felt the technology was not that clear to understand. And the tires on the car were high profile and spent a lot of money on them were I needed a new one Read full review


Driving in class

by Mary C from San Antonio Tx on January 18, 2019

I absolutely love it. Nothing says class like an Audi does. Couldn’t be happier to be an owner of one. Highly recommend anyone purchasing a reliable and safe car. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2016 Audi A3 currently has 2 recalls

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
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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


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


  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Latest 2016 A3 Stories

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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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