Due for a refresh in the next year or so
, Audi’s gateway-to-the-brand hatchback continues to offer a unique blend of practicality, style and sport. Avoid piling on the options, and the A3 delivers a surprising amount of value as well, particularly in 2.0T Premium trim.
While the A3’s exterior hasn’t been significantly changed since the model’s 2006 debut, the car still manages to look like a fresh design. The interior, however, is beginning to look a bit dated, especially when compared the new design direction taken by recently-updated Audi models. That said, the A3’s interior is still among the best in the segment.
Buyers get a choice of either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, good for 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder rated at 140 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. While the gasoline engine is a bit quicker on the run from 0-60 mph, commuters will find the TDI’s 42-mpg...