Audi fans can also expect the sporty S3 variant, stylish A3 Cabriolet and eco-friendly A3 TDI diesel in showrooms next year, and in early 2015 the brand with the four rings will introduce its A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid.
But getting back to the 2015 A3, the car offers a lot of style and value for its $30,795 asking price. Not surprisingly, it’s priced almost the same as one of its key rivals, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which lists at $30,825, with shipping.
The good news is that the new A3 comes well equipped, even at its base level pricing. Standard features include a panoramic glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, Bluetooth connectivity and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
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Of course, Audi also offers its quattro all-wheel-drive system. Front-wheel drive is standard on the new A3.
The base model offers a 1.8-liter TFSI, which rates at 170 horsepower. Next in line will be the 2.0-liter TDI, which rates at a lower 150 horsepower but should have more torque than the 1.8-liter TFSI. A 2.0-liter TFSI will also be offered in the A3 but Audi hasn’t revealed specs yet. In the S3, an uprated version of the 2.0-liter TFSI will deliver upwards of 300 horsepower. All engines in the new A3 are mated to a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
As previously reported, Audi is betting big on this new compact sedan, and it predicts that the car will outsell the hatchback and convertible versions. The pricing is certainly agreeable with that prediction.