2019 Audi A3

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2019 Audi A3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Audi A3 is an entry-level line up in the luxury world. Having ventured from hatchback-exclusive body into the 4-door sedan and 2-door cabriolet body styles, the newly redesigned Audi promises to meet the standards it set when it released, introducing minor shuffling in features yet staying prevalent in its pursuit for the best-of-the-rest sedan amongst the field.

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Pros

Minimalistic cabin

Easy to use infotainment system

Premium fit and finish

Cabin refinement is good for a convertible

Cons

Rivals offer better utility

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Standard full LED headlights for Premium Plus and Prestige trims

Audi phone box with wireless charging and signal booster

High-gloss aluminum window surrounds

Convenience package now includes Audi side assist and the LED interior lighting package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121

horsepower

188 hp @ 4200 rpm

torque

221 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

186.1 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

3450 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1102 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26 /35 /29 mpg

ev range

343.2 mi.

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 years/50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Audi A3 in Brilliant Black color  2019 Audi A3 in Cosmic Blue Metallic color  2019 Audi A3 in Florett Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Black

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi A3 2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium

power
184-hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
mpg
29 combined

$32,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $32,500 MSRP (26 mpg/29/35 mpg) 184-hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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7-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Titanium Premium

2.0 TFSI Titanium Premium

power
184-hp @ 4300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$33,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Titanium Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $33,300 MSRP (26 mpg/29/35 mpg) 184-hp @ 4300 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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TBD front wheel drive TBD

 2019 Audi A3 2.0T Premium quattro

2.0T Premium quattro

power
228-hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
mpg
25 combined

$35,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $35,600 MSRP (24 mpg/25/31 mpg) 228-hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus

2.0 TFSI Premium Plus

power
228 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$36,500 - $39,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $36,500 MSRP (26 mpg/29/35 mpg) 184 hp @ 4300 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive TBD
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $39,600 MSRP (22 mpg/25/30 mpg) 228 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Prestige

2.0 TFSI Prestige

power
228 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$41,700 - $44,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $41,700 MSRP (26 mpg/29/35 mpg) 184 hp @ 4300 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive TBD
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $44,800 MSRP (22 mpg/25/30 mpg) 228 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

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MPG: 21 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 8, 2019


Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 184 horsepower, the Audi A3 is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. All the trims are available in both FWD and AWD. When equipped with AWD, the engine’s power output is cranked up to 228 hp. The Audi A3 competes with its German arch nemesis’, the Bavarian BMW 230i and Stuttgart’s Silver Arrow, the Mercedes Benz CLA 250. In this review, we judge how the A3 compares to such a dynamic duo.

2019 Audi A3 Features

2019 Audi A3 Trims and Features

The Audi A3 is available in three well-appointed trim levels. From the entry level Premium variant to the top-spec Prestige variant, Audi has something for every buyer. The base trim comes with a host of excellent luxury features standard leather upholstery, dual zone climate control and safety features like rearview camera, front collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (FWD)

$32,500

$36,500

$41,700

MSRP (AWD)

$35,600

$39,600

$44,800

Features

 

Adds or replaces features from Premium:

Adds or repalces features from Prestige:
 

Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights

S line exterior appearance and fender badges

Audi virtual cockpit

 

Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Audi advanced key — keyless start, stop and entry

MMI Navigation plus with voice control system

 

Leather seating surfaces

Audi side assist with Rear cross traffic assist

Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go

 

Heated front seats

Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)

Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 14 speakers and 705 watts

 

6-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support

Full LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals

Heated, auto-dimming, power folding exterior side mirrors

 

Audi pre sense front

Audi phone box (wireless charging and signal booster)

 
 

Rear view camera

   

We Recommend

We would recommend for most the buyers the base Premium trim with Quattro AWD, by investing an extra $3,100 on the base trim you will have more power and added advantage of all-weather driving with the Quattro AWD system. The base trim offers good value for money and keeps the price from reaching towards another segment.

2019 Audi A3 Engine

“The 2.0-litre engine arrived with the 2016 facelift and boasts an excellent spread of refined torque. It’s only noisy right at the top end in that realm around 5000rpm where normal drivers never stray, or if you stand outside the car. For almost all occupants almost all of the time, it is more than sufficiently refined.”-Autocar

Powered by a 2.0L inline-4, the Audi A3 drives with its front wheels and pumps out 186 horsepower and 221 pound feet of torque. Propelling away to highway speeds in this sedan would not be an issue at all. Mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that does its duty well, trust the transmission to its logic and it will guarantee seamless gearshifts. However dial to the manual mode and you’d notice a slight hesitation while shifting through gears.

Amongst the competition, the Audi A3 is quite underpowered. The Alfa Romeo Giulia churns out the most output amongst the field while the likes of Volvo S60, BMW 2 series and the Jaguar XE hang around alongside each other.

Models

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$32,500

$33,100

$40,195

$38,195

$40,660

$35,300

$46,235

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L I-4 Turbocharged

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

184 hp @ 4300 rpm

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

250 hp @ 5600 rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

241 hp @ 5,800 rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

221 ft-bls @ 1600 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1250 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000-4800 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

Acceleration

The 4-cylinders spurting 221 pulling forces in the Audi A3 zips the 0-60 mph mark in 6.1s while completing the quarter mile in 14.8s. These timings bring it a tad closer to the otherwise distanced leaders of the likes of powerful Volvo S60, BMW and the Giulia. Its German rival sticks behind the by a negligible 0.2s. The slowest amongst the pack is the Lexus IS 300 while the Jaguar keeps company with the Silver Arrow.

Models

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

5.0 sec

5.5 sec

6.9 sec

5.3

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

14 .3 sec

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

15 sec*

12.7

15.0 sec

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0 liters

2.0 Liters

2.0L

2.0L i4

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

TBD

NA

NA

N/A

6.3*

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Audi A3 shares its underpinnings with the VW group’s MQB platform. A laudable handling machine, the sedan comprises a comfortable ride quality and spirited driving dynamics. Its steering is direct, and a stiff suspension that works stably along corners, tight or otherwise. An easy car to drive, the A3 however lacks steering feedback and to really churn out the feeling of fun from the sedan.

Braking

The sedan offers a 12.3-inch brake rotors at the front and 10.7-inch brake rotors at the rear. The data for the 2019 model is not available yet. With a curb weight of over 3000 lbs. and an all 4-disc brake setup, the A3 is expected to offer good stopping power.

Model

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

12.6

13.2

13

13.1

12.3

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.7

11.6

12. 9

12.5

12.2

11.4

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3197

3274

7303

3521

3583

3411

3500 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

121

127

124

TBD

113

184 ft*

2019 Audi A3 Fuel Economy

With a frugal powertrain underneath the hood, the Audi A3 can cover serious distances. Add turbocharging and direct injection to this mix and the engine delivers even better fuel efficiency. It delivers a combined mpg of 28. VW group’s TFSI technology increases the power output of the engine and makes sure to maintain the efficiency of the same. The rest of the field perform similarly in the

Model

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

26

24

26

24

22

24

24

MPG (highway)

35

37

32

33

32

35

34

MPG (combined)

29

29

29

27

26

28

28

2019 Audi A3 Interior

“Innovative technology is featured inside the high-quality cabin, including a trick digital gauge cluster and a motorized pop-up infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE–powered Wi-Fi hotspot are also available.”- CarandDriver

Inside the A3’s cabin, you are greeted by a host of high quality fittings that seem unreal for this segment. Solidly built and put together, it would be an arduous task to point out panel gaps or inconsistent material. Touch the dashboard, poke the glove box, its interior would put a smile on your face with its posh and soft touch materials.

Models

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

4

5

Front (cu.ft) 

Head room

 36.5

38.2

38.6

37.1

40.2

40.1

-

Shoulder room

54.8

56

57.0

55.3

56.7

54.4

-

Leg room

41.2

40.2

41.9

NA

44.5

41.5

-

Rear (cu.ft) 

Head room

36.1

35.4

37.4

37.1

37.5

36.5

-

Shoulder room

53

53.2

55.2

55

56.1

53.4

-

Leg room

35.1

27.1

36.9

36.1

35.1

33

-

In the front row, the A3 houses comfortable spacing and with good driving position alongside adjustments on offer, it will not be difficult to find your favorite driving position. However, unlike the front, the rear seating takes a hit in comfort space as it feels cramped and small. The switchgear has been laid out under the aegis of clinical German precision. Everything falls to your hand naturally and you would be amazed how less time you need to get accustomed to the interiors.

Infotainment System

The entry level Premium trim comes with a 7.0-inch display and 10 speaker audio system. To take the in-cabin experience the optional Audi MMI infotainment system and touchpad with handwriting recognition. This system also comes with support for Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The audio experience is taken up to echelon with the 705 watts 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system.

Interior Features

Some interior features in the A3 include –

  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Leather-wrapped gear selector
  • Dual adjustable front visors with lighted vanity mirrors
  • Leather seating surfaces

Cargo Capacity

With a paltry 12.3 cubic feet, one can say the Audi A3 is a mixed bag with it resting right in the middle of the competition. The most commodious Jaguar XE brings home 16 cubic feet followed by the rest of the field with the likes of BMW, Lexus and Mercedes. While these are coupes, we can only wish the body of the A3’s sedan should have been more spacious.

Model

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.3

13.1

11.6

13.0

13.2

13.8

16.1

 

2019 Audi A3 Exterior

“The 2019 Audi A3 is hard to tell apart from the rest of the Audi lineup, but that’s a good thing for first-time luxury buyers.”-thecarconnection

One glance at the A3 and it wouldn’t be much difficult to dismiss the styling aesthetic of this sedan. The design heavily draws from the Audi A6 and that is a good thing. It looks great, unlike The A3 was never a utility-driven design, but even with the sloping roofline, the storage doesn’t really get affected as much. Dimensionally, the A3 sedan finds the middle ground between the larger sedans and coupes like the Jaguar XE and with the likes of Mercedes CLA 250.

Model

Audi A3

Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Base

Lexus IS 300

BMW 230i

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3197

3274

3703

3521

3,583

3411

3500

Length(in)

175.5

182.3

185.6

182.6

184.3

174.7

183.9

Width(in)

70.7

70

77.0

73.7

71.3

69.8

77.4

Height(in)

55.7

56.6

58.3

56.5

56.3*

55.8

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

5.9

N/A

5.3

5.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

106.3

112.4

111

110.2

109.9

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/60.1

60.9/60.8

61.2/62.1

61.3/63.9

60.8/61.6

59.9/61.3

N/A

When we talk about the competition, the Chevy Camaro has an enormous wheelbase of 110.7-inches. Camaro is one of those convertibles which are high on utility and offer generous interior space for the passengers. Then there are convertibles like Fiat 124 and Mazda Miata which have sacrificed rear seating in favor of offering an unrivaled top down driving dynamics.

2019 Audi A3 Safety

Audi A3 packs impressive safety technology. Some of these include the following:

  • Active rollover protection system
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and passenger
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic Stability Control with secondary collision brake assist and traction control
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Rearview Camera

2019 Audi A3 Competition

Audi A3 vs BMW 230i

The Bavarian actually a better driver’s car. Even with an identical displacement (2.0-liter), the BMW is tuned for more power. When we talk of the 0-60 time, the 2 series is faster than the Audi A3 by a margin of more than one second. The Beemer benefits from excellent driving dynamics. It also offers a more practical boot and more usable space in the cabin. But all these niceties carry a further $3000.

The 230i presents itself as a strong choice for an entry level sport car. It brings together lot of elements from its brethren. It effortlessly combines dynamic handling without the expense of comfort and so completes its job as a daily driver and occasional performer.

Audi A3 vs Mercedes Benz CLA 250

Compared to the Mercedes, the Audi A3 is a complete package with an overall better driving dynamics alongside luxury and opulence. Facing common problem of cramped back seats and storage capacity, the 4-ring still bears a little more comfortable rear seats. With comfort and a host of niceties, the Audi A3 is a bang for the buck.

2019 Audi A3 Final Verdict

Priced at $32,500, the Audi A3 is your ticket to luxury. With this car, Audi hasn’t made any compromises. The interior is savvy and in league of its own. The engine produces 184 horsepower and although it might feel low but behind the wheel, the sedan doesn’t feel a slowpoke. The throttle response is crisp and low end torque helps to make the A3 a driver friendly car.

The Audi A3 is not a proper four seater, it is more like a 2+2 seater and rear seats are suitable for children. If you are in the market for an entry-level sedan which can occasionally seat four and spoil you with best in segment fit and finish, then the Audi A3 should be high on your list.