Consumer Reviews Summary
4 of 4 (100%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Audi A3 Overview
Audi’s signature hatchback is back for more in 2012, offering luxury and versatility at an affordable price. The A3 competes with other small family cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, MINI Cooper, and Volvo C30. Don’t expect a major change when it comes to the latest A3, as Audi kept most features and options exactly the same as last year.
Engine options for the 2012 A3 include a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 207 pounds-feet of torque and a 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter clean diesel engine with 236 pounds-feet of torque. The standard four-cylinder comes in either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with optional Quattro® all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the diesel engine is limited to a six-speed automatic transmission and cannot be equipped with all-wheel drive.
When it comes to fuel economy, there’s a big difference depending on your choice of engine. The standard gasoline four-cylinder engine gets 21-22 mpg city and 28-30 mpg highway (depending on transmission and all-wheel drive options). However, an A3 with the turbodiesel engine blows that away and clocks in at a monster 30 mpg/city and 42 mpg/highway.
When it comes to exterior design and styling, the A3 retains its sleek, sporty body style from the previous year. All trims come with an S line® rear spoiler, LED tail lights, and fog lights. Upgrading to the Premium Plus trim will get you xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. The A3 can also be fitted with aluminum roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, and 18’’ summer performance tires.
You’ll find leather seating surfaces, aluminum doorsill inlays, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power windows with one-touch operation in all trims of the 2012 A3. Higher trims are equipped with a leather-wrapped sport steering-wheel with audio and Bluetooth® mounted controls. Technologies such as cruise control, USB/auxiliary audio inputs, and satellite radio round out the list of standard features. The MMI® Navigation plus system with real-time traffic will cost you extra. Audi gives you freedom to customize the inside of your A3 with three different interior colors and sport front seats.
The A3 comes with six standard airbags and optional rear side-impact airbags for second row passengers. All trims are fitted with brake assist, a security system with a panic alarm, traction control, and Audi® hill hold assist.
The 2012 Audi A3 is a solid hatchback that gracefully balances comfort, performance, and efficiency. Commuters benefit from the fuel economy of the turbodiesel while outdoor enthusiasts might opt for an A3 with all-wheel drive capabilities. In the end, the A3 is a great all-around small family vehicle.