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  • Jan 16th 2014 at 11:29AM
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Potential customers for the new Audi A3 should set aside some time during their lunch breaks to head over and build their ideal example of the new sedan. The official configurator, complete with pricing and options, has gone live on the Audi website.

Customers can choose from three trim levels (Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige), while each trim can be had with either the Volkswagen Group's familiar 2.0-liter, turbocharged, 220-horsepower four-cylinder or a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, 170-horsepower four-cylinder. Buyers of the 2.0-liter will enjoy Quattro all-wheel drive while power for the 1.8T is channeled through the front wheels only. A six-speed, S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard across the range.

You can check out full pricing on the A3 right here, but as a means of recap, the base Premium trim with the 1.8-liter engine starts at $29,900. A Premium Plus 1.8T starts $32,800 and the Prestige 1.8T will cost $38,700. Adding a 2.0-liter turbo and Quattro increases the price by $3,000, regardless of trim. Those prices don't include an $895 destination charge.

Head over to Audi's website and try your hand at building your ideal A3.


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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      That grille is looking very tired and overused. It also doesn't match the diminutive car, like sticking an S-class grille on a C-class without shrinking it.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        You must have missed the first line in the standard equipment list: "Singleframe Grille(tm)" You should be grateful and overjoyed that Audi has put a grille on the car without an up-charge. Imagine what they could charge for this if the base car had only an exposed radiator core, but they have given you this for nothing.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to say, the "Shiraz Red Metallic" is *gorgeous*. But it's all about the TDI, so I'll be waiting for that...
      DesignWhuuu
      • 1 Year Ago
      so I guess the sweet wheels I saw on the british build site aren't coming here. #frownyface
      JD Steel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only one that does see the MPG listed anywhere on the site for the A3 in either engine option? Makes me thing they are trying to hide something.
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JD Steel
        They haven't released EPA numbers yet and not listed on fueleconomy.gov either. It's not on sale yet so maybe take bit longer before we see those results.
        features
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JD Steel
        http://www.vw.com/en/models/jetta/trims-specs.html
        Ryth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JD Steel
        It in the brochure that you download.
      features
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holyshit, the things that are not standard. Really, still charging for heated seats, iPod...And easily optioned on to mid-40s. Sorry, that is way too much money for a VW Jetta.
        chrismcfreely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @features
        As a resident of AZ, I would be offended if heated seats were included in the price.(Thats what standard really means). And it isnt a Jetta.
          ravenosa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          LOL. Nothing says douchmobile like reaching for the "but the car is expensive" argument. Better ways to compensate for your shortcomings than buying a secretary car. Nobody cares how much you have to pay for your transportation.
          hboi18
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          a jetta you cant afford
      yo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear AUDI.... 1992 called and wants its designs back. NO one in their right mind is going to pay $40K for this. ANd if they do...best of luck with that resale value
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yo
        And you say this based on what, exactly? I don't think it's the sweet spot for them, but some people will pay that much. I imagine the average transaction will be closer to $35-36 K
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      $550 extra for white paint, and only 2 colors that don't cost extra??!? F U Audi.
        hboi18
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        yeah weird...black and red are free but white isnt??
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to pay extra for colors? on a $30K Jetta?
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I know, right? It's almost as dumb as paying $40k for a Hyundai.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Audi has upcharged for metallic paint for some time. With the A4 you get three colors "free," that's it. Other luxury marks do the same. Audi al least gives you leather standard, unlike their country-firms who give you vinyl unless you spring for a 3K "leather package." I'd rather take the flat-black poverty-paint and have nice brown leather inside, than have free metalliic paint and ride on MB-Tex. That said, the A3 pricing is overall pretty shocking.
      Teko
      • 1 Year Ago
      I typically love the look of Audi's, but this new A3 looks awful and years behind the previous model. I don't know what's worse, the odd rounded lines or the fact it looks so much higher than the outgoing model.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teko
        I had to go look at pictures of the S3 "concept" to figure out why I thought this car was going to be a great looking sports sedan. Turns out that a set of 20s, a body kit, and slamming it down a couple inches does wonders. In its civilian clothes, the car doesn't look fresh at all. It looks neither sporty nor expensive. It's blah.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      It'll be a cold day in hell if you're able to find one on dealer's lots that aren't 39-grand and above. I say 40-grand will be the majority stock.
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. No manual option offered anywhere on the A3. Audi really has completely given up on enthusiasts. BMW is not far behind.
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        If enthusiasts would buy more manual Audis and Bimmers, there would be no shortage of them.
          poopoohead100
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tina Dang
          The problem isn't that enthusiasts aren't buying manuals. The problem is that most Audi and BMW buyers aren't car enthusiasts; they're badge snobs. When I bought my bimmer with a stick, the salesman laughed in my face and was like, "No one drives stick anymore!" It's like they don't even want enthusiasts buying their products anymore. Sad.
        mookieblaylock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        this whole idea of equating enthusiasts solely with the manual transmission is intellectual weakness practiced by moron fanboys and sycophant journalists
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mookieblaylock
          you're just jealous because you can't drive one.
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        "Enthusiasts" clearly don't buy enough cars. If the take rate is under 10%, why even bother selling the car here? Where I live, the A3's already out and most of the ones I've seen are stick, though...
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paqza
          They sell the 5 GT here. That's more niche than any BMW or Audi diesel with a manual would be.
      SayItAintSo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh.. the prices. The color in rootbeer red is nice, but I'd rather have a WRX, sans the luxury nameplate and have it in a manual.
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SayItAintSo
        Nobody, and I mean nobody, will be cross-shopping those two cars.
        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SayItAintSo
        WRX???/ Where did that come from? Who cross shops a WRX with an A3? You might as well cross shop a Mazda 3 with a BMW 1 Series.
          mookieblaylock
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnnyhedwardsjr
          awd sedan will be cross shopped w/ awd sedan, maybe not too heavily but...
        hboi18
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SayItAintSo
        a Suburu vs an audi really?
          J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hboi18
          Makes sense to me. When shopping for our last car (a small SUV) we looked at Mazda, Subaru, BMW and Mercedes (among others). Wound up with the Mazda.
          Baylok
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hboi18
          Why not? They both have excellent awd systems. At least with the Subaru, it won't be in the shop for little things.
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