There’s not really a lot to dislike regarding the A3 sedan. It appears cool start aggressive front, it’s quick enough while using the turbo four and this comes with each of the requisite precautionary features like lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. That last bit has the $9,000 Prestige package, links with numerous features that almost all buyers would find challenging to skip. And it’s that price that keeps giving me pause. Nearly $44,000? Yikes.
The interior of your A3 a fresh bathtub . plain with black, rubberized plastic, but it’s clean, which has no weird styling choices. I love the initiate nav screen that hides any time you shut the auto off.
The A3 doesn’t assume that small within the driver’s seat, even so looked within the back an there seemed to be about 3 inches of knee room with my 5-foot, 10-inch frame at the front. I didn’t really need to cart the infant around but I would\’ve must slowly move the front passenger up halfway just to grab the seat back there. Trunk space looked decent though. It’s both deep and wide.
The turbo four is the perfect motor with this car. Shifts are smooth within the six-speed automatic and this never appeared to get hung up or discover the wrong gear. I have done sense a bit of lack of power in the centre rev ranges, nevertheless it didn’t manage to happen continuously. It feels quick off of the line which enable it to hang at 80 mph all day. The brakes aren’t firm, but have a quick, progressive think kept me confident while navigating rush hour traffic walking on home.
It’s stiffer than most cars to use class. It’s somewhat loud and crashy over bigger bumps. That one contains the upgraded 18-inch wheels though — also part of the Prestige package; smaller ones may be less harsh.
Give me a base, stripper, S3 please. It clocks in at $42,900.
–Jake Lingeman, road test editor
The A3 comes with a few standard features including leather seats, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic heating and cooling, xenon front lighting with LED daytime running headlights and LED taillights.
OTHER VOICES: The Audi A3 sedan is really a David Blaine of automobiles. It’s an illusion with many incredible sleight-of-hand skills, and many tricks up its sleeve. Everything with regards to the A3 feels greater than it has to. Yes, part of that\’s a result of the $8,950 Prestige package that contributes a variety of tech and security features. Take that away, though, but you just hold the 220-hp 2.0-liter engine and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. And that’s when the magic begins.
The turbo-four feels faster compared to the speedometer lets on due to the 258 lb-ft of torque delivered from 1,600 to 4,400 rpm. While acceleration does fall above that, it\’s still plenty peppy at highway speeds, as Jake mentioned.
Sprints over line were enough to elicit a real giggle of joy from my daughter from the backseat owing to that low-end grunt — and she’s a tricky cookie to please. The A3 feels quick, but an appearance down for the speedometer shows you’re well within the legal limit usually. The six-speed dual-clutch is smooth without having any hunting for gears from my experience. Manual mode was engaging which includes a quick response from shift inputs an excellent source of the rev range.
Over neglected Michigan roads, the A3 felt compliant. Some harshness penetrated the cabin from particularly rough pavement, but nothing I discovered intrusive. Corning was flat, smooth and uneventful.
I are in agreement with Jake the A3 sedan feels large from the driver’s seat. Out from curiosity, I checked its dimensions observed it to enjoy a smaller footprint than only a Ford Focus (I\’m sure, accomplishment a competitor, but is not just a car known for its roominess). I\’d no trouble fitting a front-facing car seats while in the back which has a 5-foot, 4-inch passenger at the front seat. It had become tight, yes, but both were comfortable. I could see someone taller difficulties, though.
This is definitely the first car I’ve spent time in this has had Apple CarPlay. I came across it intuitive plus a welcome addition. As somebody who spends just minutes daily pairing my phone towards the car through stubborn Bluetooth into a proprietary infotainment system, the plug-and-go ease is a must-have feature.
But as nice as the A3 is, that $44,000 price tag extremely to swallow. Subtracting the Prestige package would have been a deal breaker for me too, though. The A3 can engage in tricks with your perceptions all it wants, nevertheless it can’t fool your bank account.
–Anthony Alaniz, editorial intern
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There’s something about entry-level luxury that doesn’t sit right beside me conceptually. Luxury isn’t really supposed to be about cheap versus expensive; I\’m guessing in my mind it’s much more of a no-compromise indulgence where, if you want to ask (as they say), you almost certainly can’t afford it.
At duration, anyone spending $43,900 with a car needs to be getting their money’s worth, i wasn’t wowed by Audi’s US-market kick off point before around.
The 2017 A3 does a better job setting up a case by itself than Walking out to. Improvements are actually made. More horsepower doesn’t hurt, even so think it’s young kids the Virtual Cockpit, portion of the pricey A3 Prestige Package, that makes the greatest difference. It doesn’t smack you along the face with THE FUTURE or anything, nevertheless the high-resolution, full-color instrument cluster, duplicated by a retractable infotainment screen as well as an intuitive, easy-to-use interface (it’s very easy to connect your phone to it, too), feels tech-forward and noticeably premium.
As as to whether the rubbery dash (hey, as a minimum it’s not hard plastic) additionally, the minimalistic styling help or hurt the A3’s cause? That’s reliant on taste. I like cleaner designs, thus i won’t retain the A3 cabin’s simplicity against it. I actually wish the seats were a little more supportive; I’ll need to take a spin inside an S3 to compare.
So, provided you can afford one of them, and you simply genuinely get some good extra utility out from the Audi badge, it’s worth a glance. I’m all for smaller cars in any way price points, plus the model-year changes let us discuss incremental but noticeable — and welcome.
But if you’re scrimping and saving and fretting about which options you’ve got a chance to drop the highest heading to that focus on payment for your brand-new A3, after which fretting about scraping a rim or spilling something around the seat enough where you’re afraid to position any other miles into it, I’d express that you’re doing your entire “luxury” thing wrong. It’s not like this car is fun enough to sacrifice for.
Maybe provide a Golf GTI a shot — I feel you’ll be impressed — or, if you need to be really sensible concerning this, score a used Accord until you’ve earned that big promotion which enable it to buy that first brand-new Audi without stress. Should the A3 still calls you at that point, sure, do it now.
–Graham Kozak, associate editor
OPTIONS: A3 Prestige Package including 18-inch five-spoke wheels, Audi smartphone interface, S line exterior, eight-way power front passenger seat w. four-way power lumbar, heated front seats, Audi advanced key, auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, high-gloss aluminum window surrounds, aluminum Mistral inlays, aluminum door sills, parking system plus, Audi MMI navigation with MMI touch, Audi Connect Prime and Plus, Audi side assist with rear cross traffic, Audi active lane assist, Audi virtual cockpit, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, power-folding exterior mirrors, driver side auto-dimming side mirror, LED interior lighting package, interior storage package, Bang & Olufsen subwoofer, Full LED headlights, LED taillights with dynamic turn signals ($8,950); Credit without high beam assist (-$200)
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Base Price: $35,150
As Tested Price: $43,900
Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, AWD six-speed automatic
Output: 220 hp @ 4,400-6,200 rpm; 258 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,400 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,362 lb
Fuel Economy: 24/31/27 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Clean, plain interior
Cons: Expensive entry-level luxury