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    Audi A3 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Specs & News

    The Audi A3 was originally designed to offer an entry point into the German luxury brand, but that role has been taken by cars like the A1 and the new Q2 SUV.

    It's built on the same MQB platform that is used under the VW Golf, and the two share many powertrain elements. The A3, though, offers a greater level of in-cabin luxury and tech.

    It's available as a five-door hatch, four-door sedan and two-door convertible, and is powered by a variety of petrol and diesel engines. It's also offered as an A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. Prices start at $36,600 for the A3 30 Tfsi (1.0 Tfsi) up to $62,000 for the A3 40 Tfsi Quattro S Line Plus.

    Audi A3 Models Price and Specs

    The price range for the Audi A3 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $36,600 and going to $62,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

    Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
    2022 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,600 $52,900
    2022 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $42,300 $54,500
    2022 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $49,800 $62,000
    2021 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,600 $52,900
    2021 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $42,300 $54,500
    2021 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $49,800 $62,000
    2020 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $26,100 $54,670
    2020 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $28,600 $52,140
    2020 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $32,300 $56,320
    2020 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,400 $64,130
    2019 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $23,900 $51,700
    2019 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,800 $50,380
    2019 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $34,200 $57,310
    2019 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $35,700 $47,960
    2018 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $23,200 $45,320
    2018 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $23,500 $48,730
    2018 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $27,600 $47,520
    2018 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $31,500 $54,120
    See All Audi A3 Pricing and Specs

    Audi A3 Q&As

    Check out real-world situations relating to the Audi A3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

    • Does the Audi A3 have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

      All Audi A3 variants in the current Audi Australia line-up feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Audi A3 Apple CarPlay works wirelessly, while the Android Auto Audi A3 fitment still requires a cable to connect.

      Some owners like to upgrade their car’s stereo and, in that case, the advice would be to go for a head unit that allowed wireless Android Auto as a worthwhile improvement.

      The Audi system is not a simple retrofit to older Audi models thanks to the high degree of integration within the car’s controls and the system itself. That’s not to say it couldn’t be done, but it would probably not be cost effective compared with an aftermarket unit for an older car that still offered the desired functions.

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    • How do I find out the service history of my 2004 Audi A3?

      If the vehicle was serviced though the Audi dealer network, there would be a paper trail you could follow by providing the vehicle’s VIN or perhaps even its registration details. If not, you’d need to know the workshop or service network that carried out the scheduled maintenance to try for a service history, but without a handbook, that could be difficult to ascertain. Contacting the previous owner (if that’s possible) is the best way forward.

      But don’t ignore the obvious: Many workshops place a small sticker on the upper-inside corner of the windscreen to alert the owner of the next scheduled service, and this is a great clue in identifying who has worked on the car in the past. Check the glove-box for receipts and take a look under the bonnet for other clues, including dealer-network branding including oil-recommendation decals.

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    • Audi A3 and A4 2010: Are they reliable?

      Volkswagen is very quick to point out that the earlier transmission woes with its DSG gearbox have been fixed. Certainly, the later versions seem to be better, but the jury is still out on whether the fix has been a complete one.

      In any case, that’s no use to you as the cars made around 2010 are, indeed, the ones that were most affected by these troublesome transmissions. The smaller Audi models were the main offenders as some of those used the dry-clutch version of the DSG. The larger (and heavier) A4 tended to have the wet-clutch version of the same gearbox which wasn’t nearly as problematic. So that should be your golden rule here if you decide to take the plunge: Only buy a second-hand Audi with a wet-clutch DSG. Even then, we can’t guarantee that it will be all sweetness and light, but at least you’re a chance to side-step major problems. Audi actually recalled many of its models to deal with these gearbox issues at the time.

      The other thing to be sure of is that any used Audi you buy has a complete service history with no gaps or late services. These cars use high-tech engines that absolutely require clean oil and filters at regular intervals. A neglected Audi is a very good chance to be a pain in the wallet down the track. Like many second-hand prestige cars, these Audis are often cheap for a reason.

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    • Should I buy an Audi A3 or A4?

      It would pay to bear in mind, Tony that there’s an all-new A3 due in Europe next year (Check out Carsguide’s overage of the Geneva Motor Show when it happens) as well as a major upgrade of the A4 that will include new or comprehensively revised engines and mostly new body panels and interior.

      Is the heavily discounted A4 a dealership demonstrator? As that might explain why the A4, even though it’s the bigger car, has had its price slashed, despite having all that desirable kit thrown in. That said, the A4 lives in a market segment (mid-sized sedans) that is not doing terribly well right now (in Australia and elsewhere) so maybe Audi has too much stock of a car that has plenty of competition (Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series) in a struggling market.

      The bottom line, however, is to buy as much car as you need and don’t make the mistake of buying a smaller, cheaper car when it won’t easily do the jobs you have in mind for it. Again, though, the A3 is a pretty practical hatchback (or sedan) and owners don’t seem to complain that it’s underdone in any major way.
      So, drive them both, and see which one you like to pilot. And then start throwing offers at the salesman and see how much he or she is able to bend on either car. By the way, the virtual cockpit is brilliant technology.

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    Audi A3 Colours

    • Brilliant Black
    • Ibis White
    • Cosmos Blue
    • Floret Silver
    • Glacier White
    • Monsson Grey
    • Mythos Black
    • Nano Grey
    • Tango Red
    • Ara Blue
    To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Audi A3 2019.

    Audi A3 Interior

    Audi A3 Dimensions

    The dimensions of the Audi A3 Other, Sedan, Convertible and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

    Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
    2021 Other 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2021 Sedan 1441x1795x4458 mm 140 mm
    2021 Convertible 1409x1793x4423 mm 116 mm
    2020 Hatchback 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2020 Sedan 1441x1795x4458 mm 140 mm
    2020 Other 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2020 Convertible 1409x1793x4423 mm 116 mm
    2019 Other 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2019 Sedan 1441x1795x4458 mm 140 mm
    2019 Hatchback 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2019 Convertible 1409x1793x4423 mm 116 mm
    2018 Other 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2018 Sedan 1441x1795x4458 mm 140 mm
    2018 Convertible 1409x1793x4423 mm 116 mm
    2018 Hatchback 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    2017 Sedan 1441x1795x4458 mm 140 mm
    2017 Convertible 1409x1793x4423 mm 116 mm
    2017 Hatchback 1477x1785x4313 mm 125 mm
    The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Audi A3 Dimensions

    Audi A3 Wheel Size

    The Audi A3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x55 R16 for Other in 2021.

    Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
    2021 Other 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
    2021 Convertible 225x45 R17 225x45 R17
    2021 Sedan 225x45 R17 225x45 R17
    2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2020 Other 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2020 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2020 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2019 Other 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2019 Hatchback 225x40 R18 18x7.5 inches 225x40 R18 18x7.5 inches
    2019 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2019 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2018 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2018 Other 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2018 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2018 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2017 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
    2017 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    2017 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
    The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Audi A3 Wheel Sizes

    Audi A3 Boot Space

    The Audi A3 Sedan has a boot space size of 425 Litres.
    Shown above are boot space details for the Audi A3 2018.

    Audi A3 Fuel Consumption

    The Audi A3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP, Hyb/PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.1L/100km for Convertible /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

    Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
    2021 Convertible 5.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2021 Other 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2021 Other 6L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2021 Sedan 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2020 Convertible 5.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2020 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2020 Other 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2020 Other 6L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2020 Sedan 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2019 Convertible 5.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2019 Hatchback 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2019 Other 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2019 Other 6L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2019 Sedan 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2018 Convertible 5.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2018 Hatchback 1.6L/100km 1.4L Hyb/PULP 6 SP AUTO
    2018 Hatchback 4.1L/100km 1.6L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
    2018 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2018 Other 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2018 Sedan 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2017 Convertible 5.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2017 Hatchback 1.6L/100km 1.4L Hyb/PULP 6 SP AUTO
    2017 Hatchback 4.1L/100km 1.6L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
    2017 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    2017 Sedan 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
    * Combined fuel consumption See All Audi A3 Pricing and Specs for 2021

    Audi A3 Towing Capacity

    The Audi A3 has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

    Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
    2021 Other 1300kg 1500kg
    2021 Convertible 1500kg 1600kg
    2021 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
    2020 Hatchback 1300kg 1300kg
    2020 Other 1300kg 1500kg
    2020 Convertible 1500kg 1600kg
    2020 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
    2019 Other 1300kg 1500kg
    2019 Hatchback 1300kg 1600kg
    2019 Convertible 1500kg 1600kg
    2019 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
    2018 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
    2018 Other 1300kg 1500kg
    2018 Convertible 1500kg 1600kg
    2018 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
    2017 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
    2017 Convertible 1500kg 1600kg
    2017 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
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    Audi A3 Seats

    The following Audi A3 is available with five seats as a Sportback, Sedan or Cabriolet. Standard front seats with Black cloth upholstery are available as standard on the A3 30 TFSI variant. The choice of either Standard or Sports seats with leather upholstery is available as an optional extra, with the option of Black, Chestnut Brown or Rock Grey. Standard seats in leather upholstery come as standard on the A3 35 TFSI CoD, with Sports seats available as an optional extra. Both the A3 40 TFSI and A3 40 TFSI quattro S line variants come with Sports leather seats as standard.

    Audi A3 Seats
    Shown above are seat details for the Audi A3 2019.