2016 Audi A3

2016 Audi A3

2016 Audi A3


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Audi A3 competes against other compact premium cars such as the BMW 2-Series, the Mercedes CLA and, to a lesser extent, the MINI Cooper. In past decades, owning a small car meant dealing with little more than bare bones transportation. These days though, owners of small cars need not be deprived of anything, and the A3 looks to continue that trend by offering a vehicle with a small footprint but with luxury-car performance and amenities. The A3 starts under $31,000.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, Audi has expanded the A3's standard feature list, which now includes a rearview camera and parking sensors, "Alu-optic" interior trim, and heated mirrors and washer nozzles. Additionally, Active Lane Assist, Audi Pre-Sense automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control are all optional on the A3 Prestige trim. 4G LTE data connectivity, S-line styling, and a Bang & Olufsen audio are now available on all A3 trim levels.

Later in the model year, the 5-door Sportback "e-tron" will debut. This A3 hybrid is capable of running on pure electric power, gasoline power, or a combination of the two.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Unselected Includes: S line fender badges, S line front and rear bumpers, and side sills, Wheels: 8.0" x 19" 5-Arm Wing Design, Tires: P235/35R19 Summer Performance, Sport Suspension -15mm ride height, High Gloss Black Package, Audi Music Interface w/Lightning Adapter Cable, Heated Front Seats, Audi Advanced Key, keyless start, stop and entry (sensor in front doors and trunk), Aluminum Door Sills w/S Line Emblem, Black Cloth Headliner $2,838 $3,050
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Unselected Includes: Carbon Fiber Mirror Cap w/o Side Assist, Carbon Fiber Spoiler $1,856 $1,995
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Unselected Includes: Durable trunk liner w/A3 logo $145 $155
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Specifications for 2016 Audi A3

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • Forward Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Audi Concert AM/FM/1CD Player -inc: MP3 capable, SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription, 12-station presets, speed-dependent volume control, Audi sound system w/10 speakers w/180 watts including subwoofer, 6-channel amplifier and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 7.5" x 17" 5-Spoke-Star-Design
    • Tires: P225/45R17 All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Programmable Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power front driver seat w/4-way power lumbar adjustment and manual front passenger seat
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Cruise Control
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Analog Display
    • Trip Computer
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Immobilizer IV Engine Immobilizer
    • Air Filtration
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Systems Monitor
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.8 TFSI 4 Cylinder 170 HP
    • Transmission: S Tronic 6-Spd Dual-Clutch Automatic -inc: additional sport program
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, S tronic Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.12 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 4365# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.3
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 4500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 200 @ 1600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 175
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 27 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33 (Est)
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Audi A3
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/45HR17
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Front Tire Size - P235/35YR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/45HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/35YR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.46
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.05
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.90
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.91
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.76
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.99
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.12
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.5 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3175
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Glacier White Metallic Ibis White Mythos Black Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Mythos Black Metallic

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The Audi A3 comes as a sedan, cabriolet, and five-door Sportback hatchback. Its familiar styling is neat and sporty. A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so there isn’t much new for 2016: rearview camera, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, and aluminum-look interior trim are standard on 2016 Audi A3 models.

As a premium compact car, the A3 competes with the curvaceous new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, the updated Acura ILX, entry-level BMW 3 Series sedans, and maybe the BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible. The A3 has an unadventurous look and feel compared to these cars. Another car worth considering is the decidedly adventurous Buick Verano, with its great cornering and turbo engine that throws the gauntlet at the Germans, and the new Buick Cascada convertible that boldly takes on the A3 Cabriolet.

Four powertrains are available for the A3, and all have solid virtues. Among them: a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine making 170 horsepower with front-wheel drive; a 2.0-liter TDI diesel making 150 horsepower with front-wheeldrive; and the e-tron plug-in hybrid with a 150 horsepower 1.4-liter turbo and 102-hp electric motor.

The A3 1.8T accelerates to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and the A3 2.0T does it in 5.8 seconds. Both engines are mated to the VW/Audi six-speed DSG (automated dual-clutch) gearbox, programmed softer than previous DSG’s, however the Sport mode brings back the edge with quicker upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. They reach their torque peaks (200 and 258 lb-ft, respectively) at just 1600 rpm, which makes them very easy to drive, with good power response even from the most relaxed situations.

The TDI diesel engine is VW made and boasts a strong 236 lb-ft of torque and sensational fuel mileage. It’s front-wheel-drive only, and again uses the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The e-tron plug-in hybrid uses a turbocharged 1.4-liter making 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The dual-clutch transmission is used with a 102-hp electric motor added to assist the engine and enable electric driving. Its all-electric range is 31 miles, from a 8.8 kWh battery pack, charged through a port hidden in the grille.

Audi S3 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed DCT, and all-wheel drive. S3 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, according to Audi.

The A3 sedan doesn’t get 5 stars in all the government crash tests, only 4 stars for frontal impact and rollover, but it earns Top Safety Pick in all the ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Sportback and Cabriolet haven’t been tested.

Model lineup

The 2016 Audi A3 1.8T opens at $30,900 MSRP, the TDI at $33,200, the 2.0T quattro $34,200, and the Cabriolet $39,600 for the quattro 2.0T and $36,600 for the front-drive 1.8T and . They’re sold as A3 Prestige, Premium Plus, and Premium. The 2016 Audi S3 quattro retails for $42,500.

Standard equipment includes leather, rearview camera, power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, LED daytime running lamps, bi-xenon headlamps, and a rain/light sensor for the headlights and wipers. LED headlamps are optional. Audi Connect is a choice upgrade, with a monthly subscription. Sound can be blasted over a 14-speaker 705-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Safety features include pre-collision restraint, simulated torque vectoring on the front wheels via using the brakes. Optional safety technology includes adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitors that maintains a traffic crawl. With the Advanced Technology package you get active lane assist.




The A3 is visibly Audi all the way. There’s a sharp crease at the beltline, and another rising from low on the doors. The grille is emphatic and spare, and the roofline rolls gently before sliding down the pillars at a distinctive angle, to a stubby trunk with soft contours around the rear fenders that can make the car look bulbous.

The soft-top Cabriolet looks more sporty than the sedan. The nicely finished tonneau cover with attractive aluminum-look trim matches the one on the fancier A5 convertible. The Sportback looks European, with an attractive wraparound lighting and its nicely canted hatch. It’s lean and close to the ground, a pleasing squatness.

A3 sedans are 175.5 inches long, more than 6 inches longer than the Mercedes CLA, with a 103.4-inch wheelbase that’s more than 1 inch longer. The A3 is also a bit wider, helping make the rear seat easier to access than the CLA’s.


Inside, a swoopy inlay across the top of the dash shows its VW roots, but there’s an overall jumble that makes it feel someone is trying too hard to dress up the cabin. We were half-blinded by the glare in the sunlight off the shimmering chrome rings around the climate vents. Breaking up the horizontal dash are round vents, the MMI on the console and its screen that rises from the dash when you turn the car on.

For this premium class, the A3 feels a little cramped and lacking in creature comforts and cabin refinement. The rear seat is tiny and trunk space limited. The front seats give adequate comfort but aren’t the superb seats of grander Audis; the cushions are short. The driver’s seat is power, front passenger’s seat manual. The steering wheel is nice, leather-wrapped, but heating is not an option. The edge of the center console digs into the driver’s knee. The back seat has decent legroom only when the front seat is slid forward. Headroom is tight for tall people.

The star of the cabin is the Multi-Media Interface (MMI). The system’s excellent interface and connectivity is a good reason to consider the A3 over some rivals. A bright and thin seven-inch screen rises from the dash when you start the car. You make inputs using a mouse-like controller on the console, or voice command. On top of the controller there’s a touch pad that lets you to write letters with your fingertip, to tell your car what you want.

Features of this version of MMI consists of read-aloud Twitter and Facebook alerts, thousands of tunable internet radio stations, and, with the optional navigation system, Google Street View and Google Earth. It’s driven by a fast AT&T 4G LTE connection that provides WiFi access. It requires a subscription that isn’t cheap for even moderate data usage.

Driving Impressions

What we like most in driving the A3 is the electromechanical steering system, so nicely weighted and precise, especially on the freeway at those times when lane placement needs to be perfect; road feel is dull, though. The brakes are easy to modulate, allowing precise braking.

There’s quite a bit of road roar in the cabin, as you feel the coarse thrum of the engine lugging around the city. The Buick Verano is smoother and quieter.

The engine is mounted transversely, and the suspension is basic, with struts in front that are isolated on their own subframe, and a four-link torsion-beam suspension in the rear.

The quattro all-wheel drive system isn’t the same as in Audi sedans from the A4 on up. Instead, the A3 uses Haldex system that sends most or all of the power to the front wheels until traction is needed at the rear.

One key option is Drive Select, which offers driving modes that adjust the steering effort and throttle feel to your desires: Auto, Comfort, or Sport. Active safety systems are available for the A3, which apply the brakes automatically when an eminent crash is detected.

The Audi S3 has sportier handling. The S3 rides lower than the A3, the steering uses a different variable ratio and is weighted more heavily, shock damping is quicker, and it comes with high-performance 19-inch summer tires.


In the competitive small luxury car field, the A3 isn’t on top. Powertrains, steering, and the MMI system are the best things it has going for it. Styling is clean but not eye-catching, and the cabin lacks space.

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Other 2016 Audi A3 styles
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium Plus
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Prestige
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
2016 Audi A3 2dr Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Prestige
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
2016 Audi A3 4dr Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige

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Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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