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Audi A3 Review | CarMax

You might not automatically think "luxury" when you think of a compact sedan, but take one look at the Audi A3 and your idea of a compact sedan may be forever changed. This stylish vehicle comes in both sedan and two-door convertible body styles, and has a lot to offer. Check out our Audi A3 review to learn more about available features, trims, and specs.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Easy Maneuverability/Handling

The Audi A3's small size makes for easy maneuverability and handling. This makes it an especially smart option for those who live in the city and want a vehicle that's easy to navigate around crowded streets and small enough to park just about anywhere.

2. Well-Appointed Base Trim

Even in its base Premium trim, the Audi A3 is equipped with some nice features. Since the A3 first began production in 2015, standard features in this trim have included leather upholstery, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, a 10-speaker sound system, and innovative MMI electronics interface. In the 2017 Premium trim, drivers also enjoy a standard sunroof.

3. Plenty of Package Options

Audi A3: Dashboard | CarMax

Each trim of the 2017 model also has its own add-on options and packages, such as the Convenience Package (which adds features like ambient interior lighting and power folding mirrors) and the Driver Assistance Package. This adds a rearview camera, parking sensors, an automated parking system, and blind-spot monitoring.

4. Sedan or Convertible Options

Audi A3: Back Seats | CarMax

The 2017 Audi A3 comes in your choice of standard sedan or two-door convertible. The sedan has seating for up to five, whereas seating capacity is capped at four with the convertible style.

5. Standard Turbocharged Engine

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine comes standard on all trim levels of the 2017 Audi A3. In the 2015 and 2016 model years, buyers have three engine options to choose from depending on the styling/trim they select—with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine being the standard option.

What You Need to Know

Audi A3 Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2014-2016: Average prices less than $21,000.
  • 2017-2018: Average price less than $27,500.

2017 Audi A3 Trims

  • Premium - The entry-level Premium trim comes with standard features such as 17-inch wheels, parking sensors, a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and satellite radio. This trim also has an optional Convenience Package that adds heated front seats and smartphone integration.
  • Premium Plus - The Premium Plus trim comes with larger 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, smartphone integration (Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™), and keyless entry/ignition. This trim also has an optional LED Lighting and Technology package, as well as an optional upgraded stereo add-on.
  • Prestige - The top-of-the-line Prestige trim comes with standard features such as adaptive cruise control, a premium sound system, navigation system, lane departure warning, and a mobile 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Audi A3 Interior

Audi A3: Front Seats | CarMax

Compact sedans certainly aren't known for their space, but the 2017 Audi A3 offers a decent amount of cargo storage space for a vehicle in its class. The sedan offers between 10 and 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space (depending on whether you opt for front- or all-wheel drive), which is enough to hold some luggage, sports equipment, or a grocery haul. Opt for the convertible body styling of the 2017 A3 and you'll max out your cargo space at 9.9 cubic feet, though the rear seats do fold flat for additional storage as needed.

Audi A3: Cargo | CarMax

As far as seating goes, you'll be able to seat up to five in the sedan style of the 2017 Audi A3. In the two-door convertible body style, seating capacity is reduced to four.

Audi A3 Colors

The 2017 Audi A3 is available in eight exterior color options:

  • Brilliant Black
  • Cosmos Blue Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Monsoon Gray
  • Mythos Black
  • Nano Gray
  • Tango Red

Audi A3 Engine & Transmission

Compared to previous model years, which offered three different engine options, the 2017 Audi A3 comes with just one engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine at 186 horsepower. Depending on the trim you choose, this engine comes in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you opt for front-wheel drive, the Audi A3 comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission with dual clutch. All-wheel drive models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.5 (49 Reviews)2

  • Pros: Power, Ride and Handling, Fuel Economy
  • Cons: Cost to Maintain, Interior Space, Power


"This car is absolutely stunning and rides so smoothly! It's a beautiful luxury car and super classy. All of the features are outstanding!"

- 2015 Audi A3 (Orlando, FL)

"It’s hard to say anything bad about this car. Audi has made the A3 the best compact hatchback in its class. It is sporty, yet roomy. It is comfortable yet aggressive, elegant and sophisticated.”

- 2012 Audi A3 Owner

What's New For 2018?

The Audi A3 doesn't see much in the way of changes for the 2018 model year. A couple of new standard features are added, including heated front seats and two USB ports. Furthermore, the Premium Plus trim gains standard blind-spot monitoring for this model year.

The Bottom Line

If you want all the features of a luxury vehicle but still prefer the compact style and easy maneuverability of a compact car, the Audi A3 could be a great choice for you. And with a few trim options to choose from, in addition to several add-on packages available, you can truly make this vehicle your own. See for yourself why customers rated this compact sedan with an overall score of 4.5/5!

1Based on CarMax average prices between March 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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