2015 Audi A3 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$29,900-$38,600
$27,808-$35,898
25 /CITY / 35 /HWY
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What's New for 2015:

  • Redesigned entry-level Audi model
  • A3 1.8 TFSI with front-wheel drive
  • A3 2.0 TFSI with Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed S-tronic transmission
  • Offered only as a 4-door sedan

Introduction
The 2015 Audi A3 is a compact, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan carrying a base price of just under $30,000 before adding the $895 destination charge. Direct competitors include the similarly sized and priced Acura ILX and Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

Models and Features
Audi offers the 2015 A3 Sedan with a choice between a 1.8-liter engine and front-wheel drive, and a 2.0-liter engine and Quattro all-wheel drive. Once buyers settle on a powertrain, Audi offers each model in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels.

Before you assume that the Premium trim level is basic, know that it includes leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability, and an SD card slot. A panoramic sunroof is also standard equipment, along with Xenon Plus headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, and 17-in. aluminum wheels.

Select the Premium Plus version to enhance the A3 Sedan with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Audi Advanced Key passive entry with push-button starting, aluminum interior trim, and larger 18-in. aluminum wheels. The Prestige trim level further upgrades the equipment list with an S-line exterior appearance treatment, LED headlights, navigation system, Multi-Media Interface (MMI) with handwriting-recognition technology, Audi Connect services, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

Options and Packages
Metallic paint, summer performance tires, a black cloth headliner, and rear-seat side-impact air bags are optional for all 2015 Audi A3 models. Additionally, extra-cost equipment for the A3 Premium version includes an MMI Navigation package with handwriting-recognition technology, an Aluminum Style package, Cold Weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, heated windshield washer jets), iPod connection, and 18-in. aluminum wheels.

The A3 Premium Plus can be upgraded with an MMI Navigation Plus package containing Audi Connect services, a Convenience package (ambient LED cabin lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, interior storage solutions); Sport package (front sport seats, sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, Audi Drive Select technology); and a Driver Assistance package (Audi Side Assist, Audi Parking System with reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors). Additionally, this trim level can be optioned with Audi Active Lane Assist and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.

As the most expensive version of the new 2015 Audi A3, the Prestige trim level is well equipped in standard format. Options include a Sport package as well as an Advanced Technology package containing Audi Active Lane Assist, Audi Pre-Sense Front safety system, and adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go capability.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the A3 1.8 TFSI. It generates 170 horsepower between 4,500 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and 200 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 4,000 rpm. A 6-speed S-tronic automated manual gearbox delivers power to the A3's front wheels, and Audi claims this car accelerates to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

The A3 2.0 TFSI is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower between 4,500 rpm and 6,200 rpm, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 4,400 rpm. This version also features a 6-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission, in this application driving all four of the A3's wheels through a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi says this version of the A3 accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI gets 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway while burning premium gas. Remarkably, the more powerful A3 2.0 TFSI with Quattro is expected to get 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It, too, requires premium fuel.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not performed crash tests on the new Audi A3 as this overview was written. In testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the redesigned A3 received a \"Top Safety Pick+\" rating thanks to an \"Advanced\" front crash-prevention score.

Standard equipment includes Audi Pre-Sense, which can detect when a driver is taking emergency evasive action and can ready the vehicle for a possible collision. Optional safety features are available for the A3 Premium Plus, and include a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, Audi Side Assist, and Audi Active Lane Assist. That latter feature is also an option for the A3 Prestige, which is exclusively available with Audi Pre-Sense Front technology, an automatic braking system designed to help prevent the A3 from striking a vehicle or object ahead.

Audi Connect services are also offered for the new A3. In addition to Google Earth imagery, travel information, weather reports, and local fuel prices, this feature turns the A3 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

What's New for 2015:

  • Redesigned entry-level Audi model
  • A3 1.8 TFSI with front-wheel drive
  • A3 2.0 TFSI with Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed S-tronic transmission
  • Offered only as a 4-door sedan

Introduction
The 2015 Audi A3 is a compact, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan carrying a base price of just under $30,000 before adding the $895 destination charge. Direct competitors include the similarly sized and priced Acura ILX and Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

Models and Features
Audi offers the 2015 A3 Sedan with a choice between a 1.8-liter engine and front-wheel drive, and a 2.0-liter engine and Quattro all-wheel drive. Once buyers settle on a powertrain, Audi offers each model in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels.

Before you assume that the Premium trim level is basic, know that it includes leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability, and an SD card slot. A panoramic sunroof is also standard equipment, along with Xenon Plus headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, and 17-in. aluminum wheels.

Select the Premium Plus version to enhance the A3 Sedan with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Audi Advanced Key passive entry with push-button starting, aluminum interior trim, and larger 18-in. aluminum wheels. The Prestige trim level further upgrades the equipment list with an S-line exterior appearance treatment, LED headlights, navigation system, Multi-Media Interface (MMI) with handwriting-recognition technology, Audi Connect services, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

Options and Packages
Metallic paint, summer performance tires, a black cloth headliner, and rear-seat side-impact air bags are optional for all 2015 Audi A3 models. Additionally, extra-cost equipment for the A3 Premium version includes an MMI Navigation package with handwriting-recognition technology, an Aluminum Style package, Cold Weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, heated windshield washer jets), iPod connection, and 18-in. aluminum wheels.

The A3 Premium Plus can be upgraded with an MMI Navigation Plus package containing Audi Connect services, a Convenience package (ambient LED cabin lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, interior storage solutions); Sport package (front sport seats, sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, Audi Drive Select technology); and a Driver Assistance package (Audi Side Assist, Audi Parking System with reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors). Additionally, this trim level can be optioned with Audi Active Lane Assist and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.

As the most expensive version of the new 2015 Audi A3, the Prestige trim level is well equipped in standard format. Options include a Sport package as well as an Advanced Technology package containing Audi Active Lane Assist, Audi Pre-Sense Front safety system, and adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go capability.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the A3 1.8 TFSI. It generates 170 horsepower between 4,500 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and 200 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 4,000 rpm. A 6-speed S-tronic automated manual gearbox delivers power to the A3's front wheels, and Audi claims this car accelerates to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

The A3 2.0 TFSI is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower between 4,500 rpm and 6,200 rpm, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 4,400 rpm. This version also features a 6-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission, in this application driving all four of the A3's wheels through a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi says this version of the A3 accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI gets 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway while burning premium gas. Remarkably, the more powerful A3 2.0 TFSI with Quattro is expected to get 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It, too, requires premium fuel.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not performed crash tests on the new Audi A3 as this overview was written. In testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the redesigned A3 received a \"Top Safety Pick+\" rating thanks to an \"Advanced\" front crash-prevention score.

Standard equipment includes Audi Pre-Sense, which can detect when a driver is taking emergency evasive action and can ready the vehicle for a possible collision. Optional safety features are available for the A3 Premium Plus, and include a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, Audi Side Assist, and Audi Active Lane Assist. That latter feature is also an option for the A3 Prestige, which is exclusively available with Audi Pre-Sense Front technology, an automatic braking system designed to help prevent the A3 from striking a vehicle or object ahead.

Audi Connect services are also offered for the new A3. In addition to Google Earth imagery, travel information, weather reports, and local fuel prices, this feature turns the A3 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

Available Trims for the 2015 Audi A3
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 1.8T Premium (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 29900.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 23/33
Name 1.8T Premium Plus (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 29900.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 23/33
Name 1.8T Prestige (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 29900.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 23/33
Name 2.0T Premium (4dr Sdn quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 33200.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name 2.0T Premium Plus (4dr Sdn quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 33200.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name 2.0T Prestige (4dr Sdn quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 33200.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name 2.0 TDI Premium (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 32600.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 31/43
Name 2.0 TDI Premium Plus (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 32600.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 31/43
Name 2.0 TDI Prestige (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 32600.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 31/43
Name 1.8T Premium (2dr Cabriolet FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 35600.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name 2.0T Premium (2dr Cabriolet quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 38600.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
Name 1.8T Premium Plus (2dr Cabriolet FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 35600.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name 1.8T Prestige (2dr Cabriolet FWD) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 35600.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name 2.0T Premium Plus (2dr Cabriolet quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 38600.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
Name 2.0T Prestige (2dr Cabriolet quattro) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 38600.00 Engine 2.0 L/121 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
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INTERIOR
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power front driver seat w/4-way power lumbar adjustment and manual front passenger seat
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather Gear Shift Knob
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination and Driver Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Analog Display
  • Systems Monitor
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Immobilizer IV Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level and Trip Odometer
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Panic Button
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way manual front seats w/4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Includes Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Includes Manual Cushion Tilt, Power 4-Way Lumbar Support and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • 4 Person Seating Capacity
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Rear Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Aluminum Mistral Silver Inlays
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage and Rear Console w/Storage
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels: 7.5J x 17" 5-Spoke-Star-Design
  • Tires: P225/45R17 All-Season
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Fixed Glass 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Programmable Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Wheels: 8.0J x 18" 10-Spoke-Audi-Exclusive
  • Tires: P225/40R18 AS
  • Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Side Mirrors w/Turn Signal Indicator
  • Wheels: 7.5J x 17" 10-Spoke Dynamic-Design
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Power Convertible Top w/Lining, Glass Rear Window and Automatic Roll-Over Protection
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
MECHANICAL
  • Engine: 1.8 TFSI 4 Cylinder 170 HP
  • Transmission: S Tronic 6-Spd Dual-Clutch Automatic -inc: additional sport program
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, S tronic Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 3.99 Axle Ratio
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • 60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 140 Amp Alternator
  • 4387# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Engine: 2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder 220 HP
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • 3.26 Axle Ratio
  • 4575# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
  • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Engine: 2.0 TDI 4 Cylinder 150 HP
  • 80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 4475# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
  • 4343# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
  • 4519# Gvwr 1102# Maximum Payload
PACKAGE
  • Aluminum Style Package -inc: Aluminum Interior Package, alu-optic air vent surround, glovebox handle, window switches and mirror switch trim, door handle surround and parking lever trim in alu-optic, Aluminum Mistral Decorative Inlays, High-Gloss Aluminum Window Surrounds
  • Cold Weather Package -inc: Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles, Heated Side Mirrors, 3-Step Heated Front Seats
  • Convenience Package -inc: Interior Storage Package, storage nets on back of front seats, 12V outlet in rear center console and trunk and grocery hook and LED light in trunk, LED Interior Lighting Package, door handles, map lights, footwell and cupholder, Power-Folding Side Mirrors, driver's side auto-dimming, Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror w/Digital Compass
  • Audi MMI Navigation Plus w/Audi Connect -inc: online services, Audi MMI Navigation High Control Panel, 8-Color Driver Information System, color trip computer
  • Driver Assistance Package -inc: Audi Parking System Plus w/Rearview Camera, front and rear acoustic sensors, Audi Side Assist Lane change assist, operates at speeds above 19 mph, visual warnings located in exterior mirror housings, Radar technology located behind rear bumper (not visible), Can be turned off
SAFETY
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Radio: Audi Concert AM/FM/SiriusXM w/CD Player -inc: MP3 capability, auxilary input jack, 12-station presets, speed-dependent volume control, Audi sound system w/10 speakers including front center speaker, subwoofer in rear, 180 watts, 6-channel amplifier, Bluetooth streaming audio, monochrome driver information system, HD Radio technology, SD card single slot and SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription
  • Radio w/Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • Wireless Streaming
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Audi Music Interface w/iPod Integration -inc: 30-pin cable for iPod connection (deletes aux-in jack)
  • Radio: Audi MMI Navigation Plus w/MMI Touch -inc: SSD (Solid-State Drive) based navigation w/4G LTE based technology, AM/FM radio, 2 SD card slots for MP3 files (10GB) and Sirius satellite radio, color LCD display screen
  • Radio w/MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System -inc: 14 speakers and 705 watts, surround sound 5.1 and noise compensation and illuminated front door speakers
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Radio: Audi Concert AM/FM/SiriusXM w/CD Player -inc: MP3 capability, auxilary input jack, 12-station presets, speed-dependent volume control, Audi sound system w/9 speakers including front center speaker, subwoofer in rear, 140 watts, 6-channel amplifier, Bluetooth streaming audio, monochrome driver information system, HD Radio technology, SD card single slot and SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System -inc: 13 speakers and 625 watts, surround sound 5.1 and noise compensation and illuminated front door speakers

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