2018 Audi A3

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$31,950

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2018 Audi A3
2018 Audi A3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Strong acceleration
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Interior materials
  • Leather upholstery standard
  • Panoramic moonroof standard

The bad:

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

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sedan or convertible body styles
  • E-tron hatchback available
  • Dual-clutch transmission standard

2018 Audi A3 review: Our expert's take


What it is: Audi's entry-level A3 line received a mild update for the 2017 model year, which brought styling updates, additional features and a simplified powertrain lineup. The A3 is available as a sedan, convertible and Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. In addition, the sedan is offered in the performance-oriented S3 guise. Competitors include the BMW 2 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.



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Two data and charging USB ports and heated front seats are standard on all models. Premium Plus models add Audi Side Assist, which monitors blind-spot traffic, and the optional Technology Package adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system to its contents.

S3
The S3 is a performance variant of the A3 sedan with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A new S Sport Package is available for 2018 with red brake calipers and the Audi magnetic ride suspension.

What’s Special

  • Performance tires on alloy wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Unique grille and exterior and interior trim

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Sportback e-tron
The Sportback e-tron is a plug-in hybrid hatchback — the only A3 hatchback offered in the U.S. It comes only with front-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A unique driver-selected mode lets you recharge the plug-in battery while driving on the highway. For 2018, new 18-inch alloy wheels are available with the Sport Package.

What’s Special

  • Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor combine for 204 hp
  • 16-mile electric-only range
  • Recharges in about two hours on 240 volts; eight hours on 120 volts

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Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Excellent Sport Sedan for an Exceptional Price

The car was a 2 year old used car, but was meticulously cared for and lightly driven. Interior was in exceptional condition and it featured the options and color combo I desired.

4.9

Very accommodating

I bought my first ever car here. It was my dream car and I am very satisfied with my purchase. The team was very respectful and easy to talk with. I would recommend this shop to my friends. Thumbs up!

4.7

Pocket rocket

This is the best car I have owned. Fun driving. Superb handling. And tremendous acceleration. It’s a luxury compact with all the bells and whistles standard.

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