The Audi A3 is a comfortable entry level luxury car which on the US market is available in a few different versions. It comes as a sedan, cabriolet or even as a sportback, all of these being available for roughly the same price. The 2016 Audi A3 is a mild improvement over the previous generation with slightly more powerful engines, slight exterior changes as well as a more upmarket interior when it comes to general quality.
The car has been launched a few months back and it is expected to be available for sale starting with third quarter of 2015. The base price for the car is only $31,000 but it can go up to as much as $45,000 or more, depending on the model of choice and on the chosen engine. However, we think that most people are going to go for a mid-spec car which is going to offer the most needed commodities as well as a nice engine lineup which is going to please most people out there.
2016 Audi A3 Release Date
The cheapest version is the sedan which comes at a base price of only $31,000 and it goes up to around $36,000. It brings 1.8 liter inline 4 turbocharged gasoline engine which is good for 170 horsepower and around 200 lb-ft of torque, more than enough for such a small car. As standard it comes with a 6 speed manual and front wheel drive only, which may be a setback for some people. The 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 with 220 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque is not only more powerful, but it also comes with 7 speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive Quattro which is quite nice for only around $2,500 more than the base version.
The cabriolet version comes with the same engines as the sedan but it is slower mostly because it weighs almost 300 pounds more than the base version. This can be overlooked on the more powerful version but the smaller engine isn’t as good as on the sedan and in some situations it can be slightly underpowered.
The hatchback version of the 2016 Audi A3 comes as standard with a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine which even though it isn’t as widely known as in Europe, it just started to sell quite well in the US as well. It is good for 150 horsepower and more than 200 lb-ft of torque which may not seem like much but thanks to the high amount of torque, the engine feels quite good and returns good performances. This comes with a standard 6 speed manual and it can also be ordered with an automatic gearbox and a Quattro system, making it the best engine for the A3 mostly thanks to its fuel efficiency of more than 45 MPG on average, almost just as good as any hybrid out there.
On the interior it becomes clear that the car is a VAG Group model. While the design and the materials feel better than on a Golf, it is quite reminiscent of it with a similar design and a similar seating arrangement. Besides that, the car is quite nice and it comes as standard with a lot of equipment such as VW’s new Android infotainment and navigation unit which is said to be a lot faster than before and also a lot more customizable thanks to the new operating system.
The exterior of the 2016 Audi A3 remained quite similar to the older model. The car is now a bit more angular in design with a different set of headlights and a new hexagonal grille as well as a slight update when it comes to the wheels available for it. On top of that, there is the new sportback version which hasn’t been available for the US market until now, version which offers more luggage space as well as a sportier look than the usual sedan. All in all, this new version has a lot to offer and with diversity of available models it will be able to attract great number of buyers.