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New 2017 Audi A3

2017 Audi A3 Overview

New/Notable
  • 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.
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