2013 Audi A3

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What's New for 2013:
  • Audi makes no changes to the A3 for 2013

Exterior Features
The 2013 Audi A3 is a premium 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback offered with a choice of a turbocharged or a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine. Premium and Premium Plus trim levels are available with each powertrain.

Standard equipment for the 2013 Audi A3 Premium model includes rain- and light-sensing automatic headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, and power-adjustable exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. The A3 is also equipped with a standard S-line exterior trim treatment, as well as a chrome-tipped exhaust outlet (dual outlets for 2.0T model) and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

This is the final year for the current A3, and Audi has not announced whether the redesigned 2014 A3 will continue to be offered as a hatchback in addition to the planned sedan model.

Interior Features
The 2013 Audi A3 is equipped with metallic cabin trim, leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, floor mats, and a trip computer. The standard stereo includes 10 speakers, a CD player, and satellite radio.

Both front seats are manually height adjustable, and the rear seat offers 60/40-split folding seatbacks. With the rear seats in use, the A3 can carry 19.5 cubic feet of cargo. Fold the rear seats down and this hatchback can haul up to 39 cubic feet of cargo.

Optional Features
Options for the 2013 Audi A3 Premium model includes aluminum roof rails, Dark Walnut wood trim, Open Sky panoramic sunroof, and rear-seat side-impact air bags. Option packages include a Bluetooth Value package (Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, 8-way power driver seat, 4-way power front passenger seat); Cold Weather package (heated side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, heated front seats); and an 18-inch Sport package (18-inch aluminum wheels, lowered sport suspension, sport-bolstered front seats).

Upgrade to the 2013 Audi A3 Premium Plus trim level, and the Bluetooth Value package is standard, along with self-leveling xenon headlights, LED running lights, and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the Premium Plus model adds a 3-spoke sport steering wheel, aluminum trim, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, 8-way power driver seat, and a 4-way power front passenger seat.

The A3 Premium Plus model can be optioned with the same extras as the Premium model, with the exception of the Bluetooth Value package, which is standard. Exclusive options for this trim level include black roof rails, a Convenience package (premium sound system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, rear park-assist sensors), Audi Navigation Plus package (navigation system, choice of a CD changer or Audi Music Interface with iPod connection), and a Titanium Sport package (sport suspension, 18-inch Titanium-finish aluminum wheels in a 5-arm-rotor design, summer performance tires, black optic exterior trim, Piano Black interior trim, Black headliner, Black leather seats with Alcantara inserts).

Under the Hood
The 2013 Audi A3 is offered with a choice of a turbocharged gasoline engine (2.0T) or a turbocharged Clean Diesel engine (TDI).

The 2013 A3 2.0T's turbocharged, 2.0-liter gasoline engine generates 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 207 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 rpm and 5,000 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive are standard, with a 6-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission optional. Models with S-tronic can also be equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive. With Premium Plus trim, the S-tronic transmission includes paddle shifters.

The 2013 A3 TDI's turbo-diesel 2.0-liter engine generates 140 horsepower at 4,200 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. of torque starting at 1,750 rpm. It is offered only with the S-tronic automated manual transmission and front-wheel drive. With S-tronic and Premium Plus trim, paddle shifters are included.

Audi claims that the A3 2.0T will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds with S-tronic and Quattro, while the A3 TDI gets to the same velocity in 8.9 seconds. Both models have a top speed of 130 mph, according to Audi.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Audi A3 are:

A3 2.0T FWD with manual transmission: 21/30/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
A3 2.0T FWD with S-tronic: 21/28/24 mpg
A3 2.0T Quattro with S-tronic: 21/28/24 mpg
A3 TDI FWD with S-tronic: 30/42/34 mpg

Every 2013 Audi A3 is equipped with 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Rear park-assist sensors are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the 2013 Audi A3 for crashworthiness. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2013 Audi A3 is a \"Top Safety Pick.\"


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