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2017 Audi A3 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Sedan and convertible body styles
  • Standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Front- and all-wheel drive options
The 2017 Audi A3 is a luxury compact that comes as either a 4-door sedan or a 2-door convertible. It competes with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA250, and Lexus IS. This year, it remains largely unchanged. A plug-in hybrid electric version called the A3 Sportback e-tron is also available. It will be covered in a separate overview.

Three trims are available: the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.

The A3 is the smallest car in the Audi lineup. Overall, it has understated, executive styling with a sporty front-end. The angular headlights align with the hexagonal grille and lower fascia. The Premium Plus and Prestige trims come with more aggressive S line styling. Standard features include Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, power/heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, and a larger 19-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Under the hood, the A3 is powered by a standard 186-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive that produces 221 pounds-feet of torque. The A3 can be tuned to produce 220-hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque with a Turbo 2.0-liter paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive. At the time of this writing, fuel economy ratings for the A3 were not available.

Inside, the A3 has a premium leather-trim interior with circular air vents and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features a standard multimedia system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, CD/MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, an SD card slot, and a USB port. It can be upgraded to the MMI infotainment system that includes an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a Bang and Olufsen premium audio system. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control. Front sport seats, power/heated front seats, and remote vehicle start are available as well.

The A3 sedan earned a full 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera, parking sensors, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Audi side assist is optional and comes with a blindspot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 22 - 26 MPG
  • Highway: 30 - 35 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

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

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

24 of 27 (88%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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