2018 Audi A3 Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos


A wealth of advanced safety equipment, a killer infotainment system, and the choice of Audi Exclusive paint colors on even the least expensive A3 are enough to score 8 out of 10 for its features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The A3 line starts with the Premium for $32,150, including a mandatory $950 destination charge. Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and automatic emergency braking. Heated front seats are a $500 option, while keyless ignition and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto constitute the $900 Convenience Package.

The Premium Plus ($35,400) adds an S-Line body kit, keyless ignition with passive entry, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, split-folding rear seats. Optional packages include a $3,000 Technology Package that adds the Audi Connect telematics system, the MMI infotainment system with Audi Virtual Cockpit, and blind-spot monitors, a $1,050 LED Lighting Package that adds LED headlights/taillights, and a14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system for $950.

Finally, the A3 Prestige starts at $41,100 and brings in advanced standard equipment like Audi’s MMI infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit, LED headlights with automatic high beams, nifty dynamic LED taillights, adaptive cruise control with stop/go ability, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and ambient LED interior lighting.

All three A3 trims are available with a $900 Sport Package that adds sport seats, Audi Drive Select, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a sport suspension, and rear-seat side airbags for $350. Quattro all-wheel drive and a more powerful turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine carry a $3,000 premium in the sedan and $2,700 in the cabriolet.

The A3 Cabriolet mirrors the sedan’s standard equipment and optional extras, aside from the standard leather upholstery on the base trim. Adding the droptop carries a $6,400 premium.

It’s a similar case with the A3 Sportback e-tron, which makes the most minor of changes in terms of equipment. Keyless ignition with passive entry is standard across the plug-in hybrid range, although the rear-seat airbags are not available. Prices for the e-tron add $7,700 to the A3 Premium, $7,550 to the A3 Premium Plus, and $7,400 to the Prestige, although those figures don’t factor in the $4,502 in federal incentives.

Perhaps the coolest feature available on every A3 is the $3,900 Audi Exclusive paint option. If you really want Audi’s entry-level vehicle to stand out this is the way to go. It gives customers access to a much broader than the nine standard colors, some of which add $575 to the price.

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