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2020 Audi A3

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Pros

  • Good balance of comfortable ride and sporty handling
  • Strong acceleration from turbocharged engine
  • Refined and stylish cabin

Cons

  • Small back seat
  • Tiny trunk

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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A streamlined 2020 Audi A3 proves small sedans can still live large

The 2020 Audi A3 marked the end of the model’s first generation, a run that established the A3 as a small Audi, not a cheap one. For 2020, the A3 dropped its base Titanium and top-end Prestige trims, moving some features from earlier Prestige models to the Premium Plus trim, including the impressive Bang & Olufsen audio system. Others were bundled into optional packages, making the 2020 A3 Premium Plus trim a solid value, especially with either of those packages. The slow-selling A3 convertible was discontinued for 2020.

The A3’s just-right blend of performance, comfort, and refinement stems from roots it shares with the Volkswagen Golf, a lithe and snazzy hatchback. Compared to the Golf, the A3 amps up the luxury details and offers all-wheel drive, making it a compelling choice among tough rivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and A-Class dual threats, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (which debuted in 2020), and the Lexus IS 300. Its tiny trunk is a setback, but if your cargo needs are modest, the A3 could suit you well.

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What is new for the 2020 Audi A3?

  • The A3 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Premium Plus S-Line and Premium S-Line.
  • The Prestige and Titanium Premium trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.

2020 Audi A3 trims

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Premium:

  • 184-hp, 221-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Sunroofs
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seats
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Premium S-Line:

Premium Plus:

Premium Plus S-Line:

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Audi A3

What We Like

Performance: The A3 is quick, handles precisely, and brakes smoothly. It deftly balances performance and comfort, the formula Audi has refined for years. Front-wheel-drive models offer adequate punch with 186 horsepower, while all-wheel-drive models get a boost to 228 hp and extra low-end kick good enough to move the A3 from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. A firm suspension gives the A3 agility in twists and turns, even more so with all-wheel drive, yet doesn’t sacrifice a comfortable ride for responsive handling.

Comfort: The A3’s roomy and comfortable front seats feel more typical of a large luxury sedan, and they remain firm and supportive even during long stints behind the wheel. A well-sorted suspension absorbs most bumps and helps minimize road noise. Unlike the CLA, the A3 is a small car you can drive for hours without fatigue. Like most small sedans, space is at a premium in the back seat.

Interior: The A3 is Audi’s entry-level sedan, but it doesn't seem like one with its leather upholstery, contrast stitching, textured panels, and aluminum accents. Even the knobs and switches operate with the heft of a sturdy and well-built car. Clear views out of the front and sides boost confidence when hustling through quick turns or threading hectic traffic. User-friendly infotainment controls minimize distraction and a map display that rises from the dash makes it easy to see where you're heading.

What Needs Improvement

Cargo space: The A3’s tidy dimensions and all-wheel-drive system don’t leave much room for stuff. It’s the shortest car in its class, front to back, and its 10-cubic-foot trunk is among the smallest, trailing all of its contemporary competitors except the Mercedes A-Class, which has just 8.6 cubic feet. Bottom line: If you need more trunk space, consider the larger A4.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi A3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi A3 15th out of 25 among Luxury Compact Cars.

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Audi A3 features and specs

Premium Plus 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

184

Torque (ft-lbs)

221

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

13.2

Wheelbase

103.8"

Overall length

175.5"

Width

70.7"

Height

55.7"

Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 36.5"/R 36.1"

Front tires

P225/40HR18

Rear tires

P225/40HR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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