The Audi A3 is a compact 5-door hatchback first introduced in the United States market in 2006. For 2010, Audi has dropped the 3.2-liter V-6 engine option and replaced it with a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel powerplant. Additionally, \"S line\" exterior trim is standard on all models. Xenon headlamps are standard on Premium Plus models, and wood interior trim accents are available.
- Minor changes for 2010
- 3.2-liter V-6 engine discontinued
- New turbodiesel powerplant option
- S line exterior equipment is now standard on every A3 model
- Upgraded wheels and Xenon headlamps are now standard on Premium Plus models
- Wood interior trim is now available
- Titanium package is now called the Titanium Sport package
The A3 is Audi's entry-level model. New for 2010, Audi introduced the A3 TDI-a diesel-powered version of the Audi A3 that is emissions compliant in all 50 states. In addition, Audi added wood interior accents and other design tweaks to the A3's interior.
A four-door hatchback, the Audi A3 is available in the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. The Premium package includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, cruise control, 10-speaker audio system, and trip computer. The Premium Plus package includes upgraded lights, aluminum interior trim, a power driver's seat, and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include Cold Weather, Sport, and Convenience packages.
Audi adjusted the powertrain selection for 2010. The V6 engine that was available on the 2009 model has been eliminated and replaced by a diesel option. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine generates 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. The new four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel engine, which is featured on the A3 TDI, makes 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA-estimated mileage for the diesel engine is 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined.
The gasoline-powered A3 comes with front-wheel drive or Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, while the diesel-powered TDI is front-wheel drive only. Front-wheel-drive models feature either a six-speed manual transmission or the S tronic six-speed transmission, which has manual and automatic modes. The all-wheel-drive and diesel models utilize the S tronic transmission.
In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 Audi A3 received \"Good ratings\" in frontal-offset and side-impact tests.
When first introduced, the 2010 Audi A3's base MSRP was $28,750 and the TDI started at $29,950.