Audi has released the official pricing info for the all-new A3 TDI Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and the S3 Sedan, and the news appears pretty good all around. As usual, none of the following prices include Audi's unspecified-for-now destination charges.

The big news is the S3, complete with 292 horsepower, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. Prices start at just $41,100, which is a decent savings over the more powerful, 355-hp Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.

The new A3 TDI sedan, meanwhile, has a starting price of just $32,600. While you'll be certain to save some money on fuel, you'll be doing so without Quattro all-wheel drive. Still, the improved economy of the 2.0-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder isn't priced too steeply, relative to the gas-powered A3's $29,900 starting price.

Finally, the A3 Cabriolet will be available in a pair of powertrain groups. The base, front-drive 1.8-liter model starts at $35,600. That's a fair jump in price over the A3 Sedan, but hey, at least there's unlimited headroom. The 2.0-liter, Quattro-equipped droptop will ring up at $38,600. For reference, the same powertrain in the four-door model starts at $32,900.

Take a look below for the full pricing recap release from Audi.
Show full PR text
Audi announces pricing for all-new 2015 S3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI Sedan
- Additions to A3 line-up expand the compact luxury segment offering a variety of body styles and powertrains to satisfy customer's preference
- All-new 2015 S3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI Sedan to begin arriving at dealerships late summer
- The A3 family sets new standards in the entry premium market, with impressive standard features and an available 4G LTE data connection


HERNDON, Va., June 19, 2013 – Audi today introduced pricing for the all-new 2015 S3 performance Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI clean diesel Sedan. These are the latest models to join the newly launched Audi A3 family, which went on sale in April and further expands the Audi S, Cabriolet, and TDI model lineups. The three new A3 variants all go on sale in the U.S. late summer of this year.

Suggested retail pricing for the all-new A3 TDI Sedan, S3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet:
A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI FWD S tronic: $32,600
S3 Sedan 2.0T q S tronic: $41,100
A3 Cabriolet 1.8T FWD S tronic: $35,600
A3 Cabriolet 2.0T q S tronic: $38,600

"Since its launch in April, the all new A3 Sedan has proven itself as a market share leader in the entry premium segment and is already one of the most popular models in the Audi lineup. In its infancy the A3 has established itself as a core contributor to the Audi U.S. success story," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "This growth will continue as we launch a variety of body styles and unique engines to suit a wide range of customer lifestyles and tastes."

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 model line-up offers new innovative technologies and the detailed craftsmanship found in larger flagship Audi sedans. Premium standard features such as leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD radio, power driver's seat, split folding rear seatback and Audi pre sense® basic. The A3 line-up will also come equipped standard with the Audi signature Singleframe® grille, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights.

All A3 models offer available features including MMI® technology, 4G LTE connectivity, full LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen® audio system. The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect®, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook® and Twitter® alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds and more. Also available in the A3 family is Audi drive select, this system allows the driver to adjust throttle response, shift points, and the electromechanical steering effort. Similar to other Audi models, Audi drive select has four settings that include Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, and Individual.

S3 Sedan
Now available for the first time in the U.S. the S3 Sedan expands upon the already sporty character of the A3 sedan, adding specific details that underscore the high-performance for which the Audi S lineup is known for. A powerful, high-output 2.0L TFSI® engine with quattro® all-wheel drive produces an impressive 292 horsepower. The S3 boasts a Singleframe® grille with aluminum-look, double horizontal bars and a chrome frame outline. Aluminum-look double ribs and honeycomb inserts fill the air inlets in the bumper and optional LED headlights add to an unmistakable look. The S3 will also come with a S3 specific sport suspension and unique S3 specific 18-inch wheels and optional S3 specific 19-inch wheels.

Inside, the S3 adds further character by offering instrument dials that are in an S specific dark gray metallic finish with the numbers and needles in white. The tachometer features a three-dimensional S3 logo and boost pressure indicator. A leather-covered, multifunction sport steering wheel with the rim flattened at the bottom and S3 badging and standard shift paddles with aluminum details are also standard on the S3.

A3 Cabriolet
Now offered for the first time in the U.S., the all-new A3 Cabriolet is available with either a 1.8T FWD or 2.0T quattro powertrain. The Cabriolet comes with a soft cloth top stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made out of magnesium-steel, perfectly complementing the car's sporty design. The top can be opened or closed electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds, even while driving up to 31 mph, all at the press of a button.
The A3 Cabriolet also offers an active rollover protection system that helps protect the occupants in case of a rollover accident, as well as a fully automatic acoustic top with a glass rear window and thick inner foam layer.

A3 TDI Sedan
The Audi A3 TDI® Sedan offers consumers the fuel efficiency of the iconic TDI clean diesel powertrain. A powerful yet efficient 2.0 TDI FWD engine produces 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft torque. Audi has been at the forefront of clean diesel since the introduction of TDI technology in the U.S. in 2009.
Since then, more than 40,491 Audi TDI vehicles have been sold in the U.S., delivering an average of 30% better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts (based on EPA fuel economy estimates).

To view running footage of these vehicles please visit:
2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet: http://youtu.be/Amvgw3k8whM
2015 Audi S3 Sedan: http://youtu.be/5aCjC7kMAC4

Prices above exclude destination charges, taxes, title, optional equipment and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 95 Comments
      psarquis
      • 6 Months Ago
      The TDI sounds solid and has a lower starting price than the BMW 328d. Too bad it doesn't come with Quattro AWD. FWD only is a turn-off.
        david.bergman1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        This car doesn't compete with the 3 series so it should be no surprise that its diesel variant costs less than the 3 with a diesel.
      Maurice
      • 6 Months Ago
      The e-Tron Sportback is conspicuously missing. I hope Audi didn't have a change of heart about bringing it to the US. It would fit nicely between the Volt and the (way over-prized) Cadillac ELR. It's not the pocket rocket like the S3 but it's decently quick in the hybrid segment (0-60 in 7.5 sec) and goes 31 miles on electricity alone, over 500 when the turbocharged engine kicks in.
      Mr Sled
      • 6 Months Ago
      The Jetta is priced from 16,995... 3 Series from 32ish, etc. but you wouldn't want those base cars. The "entry" price has become a terrible indicator of what you would really drive off the lot and into your driveway.
        jessesrq
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Mr Sled
        Price with options is not much an indicator either. Even with $15k in options, my 328i was cheaper to lease than an A3 or A4. It is certainly not the $349/month advertised deal, but seriously who expects to drive a BMW for the price of an Accord?
          jessesrq
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jessesrq
          @whatever That is probably true, but then I would have to drive an Accord. Instead I get to rent my company car for a good price, get another one every three years, simplify my taxes, and never have to deal with selling a depreciating asset. And I save my money to buy things that appreciate, like real estate.
          whatever
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jessesrq
          Well, you could probably buy an Accord for the price of renting a BMW.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      EXPENSIVE Jetta.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Sharing a platform doesn't mean its the same car (and that won;t be true for another few years). I know you're smarter than this.
        churchmotor
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        and Jetta looks Betta.
        May
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        It's not Jetta, it's completely new car.
      Frankie Rose
      • 6 Months Ago
      A VW Golf in nice duds that competes at a price (S3) that will get you a 3/4 series BMW, a Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Volvo S60. Even Audi's own A5 is under 40K.
        ravenosa
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        Who the heck is cross-shopping Chinese cars with Audis? Come on...
      tim_harris7
      • 6 Months Ago
      There is a problem with Audi though. Somewhere along the line they started making cars for women and execs that are in constant wonder about that second speedo that counts in single digits. S3 = $41,1000 AWD, Heavy, Auto, flip-flop wearing d-bag mobile M235i = $44,575 (as configured: http://bit.ly/1nSDEvY) RWD MT Purist Car The choice is yours.
        libertedelacroix
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tim_harris7
        Did you REALLY just call the other non BMW car the d-bag car? Is this real life!? I am a Euro car fan (love Audi and BMW), but come on man, we all know that out of all car makes BMW definitely attracts the most D bags (being in So Cal, and in the car scene both working at aftermarket shops and attending many car shows, I have a huge sample size even though it's anecdotal). I think the most ironic part is that YOU come off as a huge D bad... and go figure you like the BMW...
        herrstreet
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tim_harris7
        This was true before AWD systems with torque vectoring became common, but it's just not. One could just as easily say S3 = All weather, all conditions, cinders-be-damned, claws-the-road-into-submission speed. M235i = Bulbous, tiny BMW Mustang with useless back seats, 100+ fewer hp than a real mustang, that can do a pretty drift while AWD cars outrun it - assuming the weather is good enough for it to stay close. And the cooler looking hatch isn't available.
        11fiveoh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tim_harris7
        Heavy? The s3 is LIGHTER than the m235i. Don't forget, it's based on the golf's MQB chassis. Also, it has 4 doors. The s3 is just more practical, especially if you live somewhere with an actual winter. If you want a cheap midlife crisis car, enjoy your m235 by all means.
          tim_harris7
          • 6 Months Ago
          @11fiveoh
          Technically it's heavy: Power-to-weight: S3: 0.09 hp/lb @ 280 ft./lb torque (source: http://www.caranddriver.com/audi/s3)_ M235i: 0.09 hp/lb @ 330 ft./lb torque Mind you, the S3's 3200 lb weight is only estimated whereas the 3505 lb M235i weight is actual. By the time it gets to the states it will be bloated to meet safety standards. So your logic is, if it has 2 doors, it's a midlife crisis car? Seems legit. I'm 29, but I might only make it to 60 so, maybe you're right.
        flanders2520
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tim_harris7
        Insecurity much?
      Finklestein
      • 6 Months Ago
      So what if this car is built on the GTI chassis? When comparing to the STi, I'd feel a lot more comfortable with a 40k Audi than a 40k Subaru!
        jamsbong
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Finklestein
        Not to mention the ugly looks of Subarus and noisy engines.
      Lucky Stars
      • 6 Months Ago
      I was just on the lot and test drove an A4 for a few seconds, they do not look that bad in person. I have to say though that I would go for an Is 250 over one of these, they kinda have a toy car look to them. Also what really sucks if you lease an audi, they are bad leases because of terrible residuals. I compared a loaded A4 to a Mercedes E class and only 100 dollar difference in payment on a lease. Ended up with a Lexus Gs 350f I also drove the is 250 and if I did not need an executive car the Is 250 is all you need and the look has grown on me allot. A white is 250 with the optional 18 inch multi spoke rims is way better way to go over a 320i or even Audi A4, a3 or current C class in my book. Way to go Lexus I researched the e class for 6 months and did a quick drive over to Lexus before buying the E class and ended up not leaving the Lexus lot!!
        jamsbong
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        IS250 is the slowest car of the lot. Slower than Infiniti, C-class, A4, etcs. At 7.5seconds, it is about the same as a german diesel, even the common VW Golf.
          Helix
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jamsbong
          So you're saying if I put a motorcycle engine on a golf cart and it does 0-60 in 5s you would choose it over all these cars?
        jessesrq
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        We get it. You like Lexus. When they offer a competitor to the A3/S3, maybe your comments will be relevant.
          mary.keana
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jessesrq
          I don't think Lexus will be re-badging a Corolla to compete with the A3
          Benjammin
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jessesrq
          @mary.keana you say that as though they didn't try that already....hs250??
        11fiveoh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Audi underestimates their resell value, chances are at the end of your lease you'll have a couple grand left over.
        Feurig
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Jeez, that's a lot of talking about your car purchase that no one really cares about.
      muspod
      • 6 Months Ago
      Getta Betta lookin Jetta.....
        ravenosa
        • 6 Months Ago
        @muspod
        You go, girl!
        Rick
        • 6 Months Ago
        @muspod
        You obviously have sat in neither. I have and while the Jetta is a looker, it is not even on the same continent in terms of interior design, technology or materials as the A3.
          mr.vw
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Rick
          The Jetta look likes a tupperware rental. Just from the exterior you can tell VW sucked the life (German Engineering) out of the new Jetta and the new Passat.
        May
        • 6 Months Ago
        @muspod
        It's completely new car.
      Sunny
      • 6 Months Ago
      My 2014 BMW 328d gets 44mpg and is very fun to drive.
      thecommentator2013
      • 6 Months Ago
      Audis are starting to look kind'a cheap...I mean, you know, not at first right, but you have a closer look, they're just kind'a .....common mug...
      TooManyCars
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wait... Let me say what I know a lot of you burger flippers that compare 0-60 times in Motor Trend are going to say... "I'd rather get a Caddy ATS, or a Ford Mustang, or Camaro, etc,etc,etc)......" Yes, I want fries with that, dont' forget to ask!
    • Load More Comments