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2016 Audi A3 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Adds more standard features for 2016
  • Available as a sedan or a two-door cabriolet
  • Three engine options, including an efficient turbo-diesel
Fresh off of a complete redesign last year, the 2016 Audi A3 adds even more value with more standard features.

The A3 got a full overhaul last year that added a new convertible body style into the mix. From the outside, the A3 looks like part of the Audi family, with balanced proportions and Audi’s rounded off features. It is the smallest car Audi makes, 10-inches shorter than the A4 and with a seven-inch shorter wheelbase to boot, on both sedan and cabriolet models. The A3 convertible has two-doors and seats four, instead of five like the sedan. It also offers a power-folding soft top that opens/closes in under 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. LED daytime running lamps come standard, with full LED headlamps optional. Heated side mirrors and washer nozzles are now standard for 2016.

Audi will offer two trims of the A3, the 1.8T and 2.0T which get different engines. The 1.8T features a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four that makes 200 pounds-feet of torque. Step up to the 2.0T and you get the same 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four found in the A4 that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque. Both come with a six-speed automated manual. The 1.8T is front-wheel drive, while the 2.0T gets Audi’s full-time Quattro all-wheel drive standard. Fuel economy ratings are very close between the two models, the 1.8T is actually slightly worse at 23/33 mpg city/highway compared to the 2.0T’s 24/33 mpg.

Inside, the new A3 has a minimalist interior that has a 7-inch display that rises from the dashboard as its centerpiece. This new “floating” screen look is similar to the setups found in the Mercedes CLA and the Mazda3; we are big fans of this new trend, it puts the screen in a more convenient place for drivers to see without taking their eyes off of the road. A pair of large circular vents sits below the screen, which feeds into redundant physical controls, and below that a multimedia controller borrowed from the flagship A8 that has a touch-pad on top. This pad makes entering letters a breeze, you can simply draw them on top of the controller instead of scrolling through an on-screen keyboard. Also standard is Bluetooth connectivity (including audio streaming), a panoramic sunroof, HD radio, and automatic windshield wipers. Optional equipment includes a navigation system, premium Bang & Olufsen stereo, and Wi-Fi for up to eight devices over 4G.

The A3 also excelled in crash testing, earning a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. There are also some new standard safety features for 2016, including a rearview camera and parking sensors. Also standard are ten airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 23 - 31 MPG
  • Highway: 32 - 43 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: **** - *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

22 of 24 (91%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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