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Audi A3

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
2021 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,600 $50,400
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 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,600 $50,400
2020 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,600 $52,900
2020 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $42,300 $54,500
2020 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $49,800 $62,000
2019 Other 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $25,500 $51,700
2019 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,800 $50,380
2019 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $35,500 $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
2017 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $21,900 $43,010
2017 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $26,000 $44,330
2017 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $27,900 $44,660
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Audi A3 Q&As

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

  • 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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  • Can I use ULP in my Audi A3?

    I wouldn’t recommend using ULP, you’ll lose performance, economy, and possibly affect the reliability of the turbo engine.

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  • Audi A3: replacement key cost

    The cost of replacing a key fob really depends on the variant and year of your A3. It's hard to say what you should do without more information, you might find our article on replacing your key fob helpful.

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Disclaimer: You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice. Carsguide is not liable for the accuracy of any information provided in the answers.

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.

Audi A3 Interior

Audi A3 Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
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
2016 Sedan 1441x1796x4456 mm 140 mm
2016 Convertible 1409x1793x4421 mm 125 mm
2016 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 Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Convertible 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
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
2016 Convertible 4.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2016 Convertible 4.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback 1.6L/100km 1.4L Hyb/PULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback 3.9L/100km 1.6L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 1.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 4.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2016 Sedan 4.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Audi A3 Pricing and Specs for 2020

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
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
2016 Convertible 0kg 1600kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2016 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