2016 Audi A3

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$30,900

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2016 Audi A3
2016 Audi A3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Audi A3 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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)

2016 Audi A3 review: Our expert's take

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Amazing car - quick, sporty, top build quality

We traded in a 3 series BMW and currently own a Porsche 911S and Lexus RX350 so we know a little about build quality. Our head turning A3 Cabriolet has the 2.0 engine with quattro, S trim, special yellow paint, factory carbon fiber ascents and the build quality is the best of any of our high end cars. Power to weight is VERY sporty / quick / smooth. Handling is so good it is almost scary how fast you can take corners. Gas mileage is 30 mpg. Zero problems after 4 years, no rattles, loose trim and it drives and handles like the day we bought it - excellent.

5.0

Smooth ride and great performance!

This car is great! Plenty of leg room in front and back seats. Lots of space in cargo area. Best is the smooth, quiet ride and excellent performance. All the rough roads, I now float over!

5.0

Nice looking car!

This car is very comfortable- I can’t feel the bumps on the road. Drives smooth! It’s a little lower to the ground But manageable. Great pickup!

See all 71 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
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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