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2015 Audi A3

The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played second fiddle to the rest of the Audi lineup, suffering from less innovative technologies and fewer premium options on its list. Many buyers considered it inferior to the rest of the models in the company's showroom. But those misconceptions could be about to change, as Audi is in the midst of... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
220 HP / 258 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed DCT
Base Price:
$29,900
As-Tested Price:
$37,195
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    New York: 2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to US under diesel power [w/video]
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    Ever get the feeling that automakers aren't really listening to what it is that you want in an automobile? Well, Audi is. Following what it calls "an outpouring of enthusiasts' support," the German automaker has announced that it is bringing the new, 2016 A3 Sportback to the US under diesel power, in the summer of 2015. Unveiled today at the New York ...

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    Official: Audi A3 named 2014 World Car of the Year
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    As usual, the second press day of the New York Auto Show was kicked off by the World Car of the Year Awards. Rather than fluff things up, we'll cut right to the chase: top honors go to the brand-new Audi A3, which bested the Mazda3 and BMW 4 Series for the all-important award. Of course, the wonderful thing about the World Car awards is that there isn't ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet
    Subtracting Roof And Adding Style Equals A Pleasant, Pricey Diversion 1396368000

    Drivers are either droptop people or they're not. As most usually aren't – at least as far as the willingness to buy one is concerned – all convertibles tend to remain strictly niche cars. Thus, automakers must ask a noticeably higher price for them. The Audi S3 Cabriolet is about as niche as you can get in the open daylight of mainstream ...

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    Audi A3 E-Tron goes carbon neutral with German green electricity deal
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    Audi is proving that the fresh water flowing through the European Alps isn't just for bottling and drinking anymore. The German automaker struck a deal with Hamburg-based LichtBlick to offer buyers of the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron a chance to get their electrical juice from all renewable-energy sources. That means all the power going into charging stations ...

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    Official: IIHS bestows 2015 Audi A3 with Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    There's some good news for Audi today, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the all-new A3 one of its Top Safety Pick+, the institute's highest award for safety. While there are no shortage of cars that can handle the standard IIHS trial, the tough small overlap test needed to earn TSP+ has flummoxed more than a few vehicles from ...

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    Video: Audi kicks off A3 celebrity-fest marketing campaign with Dues
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    Audi is desperate to appeal to young people with its new 2015 A3 sedan. It's planning launch parties around the country to present the new model to these younger buyers, and its latest tactic is a series of videos starring celebrities the company considers trailblazers to further captivate youthful buyers. The advertising campaign starts with a spot ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #371
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    Episode #371 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Michael Harley and Steven Ewing recap the Geneva Motor Show, talk about the 2015 Audi A3, the BMW X4, and the possibility of a Volkswagen pickup coming to the US market. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us ...

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    Report: Audi targeting hipsters with A3 launch parties
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    Audi is planning quite a shindig for the launch of the A3 sedan, and it only wants young folks to show up. The Four Rings' new entry-level model will begin hitting showrooms later this month, and it is planning a launch party on April 3 at all of its roughly 280 dealers aimed at youthful, influential buyers – hipsters, for lack of a better ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #371 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #371 this evening, and you can check out the topics below, or drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi A3
    Sings To An Enthusiast Crowd, But Misses A Few Key Notes 1394467200

    The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played second fiddle to the rest of the Audi lineup, suffering from ...

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    Geneva: Audi S3 Cabriolet is a topless two-door temptress
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    Now that we've driven the Audi S3, we're pretty eager for it go on sale in the United States. And while we won't get the Sportback version, there's a teeny tiny chance that Audi may grace us with this new Cabriolet version that makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week. That certainly wouldn't be a shame, considering the topless S3 packs the ...

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    Official: Audi reveals S3 Cabriolet ahead of Geneva debut
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    It used to be if you wanted an Audi S3, your choices in bodystyle came down to hatchback or... hatchback. That is, in markets where the model was offered at all. But Audi has been expanding the A3 global family upon which the S3 is based, and it intends to offer the performance-minded derivative as a three-door hatch, five-door hatch, four-door sedan and ...

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    CO2-neutral* Audi A3 G-Tron goes on sale in Germany
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    The Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron has been on our natural gas-powered radar since it was unveiled at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Just before the big show starts up again this year, Audi put the new G-Tron vehicle on sale in Germany today, starting at 25,900 euros ($35,400 US). Anyone who opts for the Audi e-gas fuel card will be able to cruise the Autobahn ...

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    Video: Audi unveils its Doberhuahua Super Bowl commercial
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    With Super Bowl Sunday less than a week away, this week is going to be dominated by anything and everything football related. That includes advertising and the auto industry, as some of the biggest players prepare to launch multi-million-dollar spots hawking their latest and greatest products. A veteran of Super Bowl ads, Audi's history has been rather ...

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    Video: Audi Super Bowl ad will star creepy Doberhuahua dog
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    Poor little doberhuahua, so misunderstood. In fact it's so misunderstood that we don't even know what it is. Not that something like that would stop Canadian songstress and animal rights advocate Sarah McLachlan from plucking at our heartstrings, though, in the teaser video below. The apparent half-breed mutt offspring of a doberman and a chihuahua is ...

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    ETC: 2015 Audi A3 configurator is up and running
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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 ...

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    Official: Audi partners with AT&T for 4G LTE, will offer Mobile Share data plan
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    Audi has made a big splash at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, joining the Open Automotive Alliance with Google, Honda, Hyundai, General Motors and NVIDIA, debuting a next-generation cockpit that's destined for the third-generation Audi TT and promising to offer laser headlights in a production car. But much like Apple during the Steve Jobs days, it ...

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    Will we see more multi-speed gearboxes in next-gen EVs?
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    When it comes to gearboxes in battery-electric vehicles, the more may be the merrier. That's one theory, and Plug In Cars says that the standard, single-gear EV configuration may eventually go by the wayside as engineers figure out how to better use multi-gear configurations to improve performance and range. It's an argument we've heard time and time and ...

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    Video: Audi releases quartet of A3 commercials, likely headed for Super Bowl
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    With the announcement from Audi that it's new A3 would be the star of this year's Super Bowl advertising efforts still relatively fresh, it comes as a bit of a shock that what may be game-bound ads for the new small car are already starting to show up. A3forums found four ads for the new A3, all of which are currently unlisted on YouTube, that play on ...

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    Official: Audi adding 11 new models, focus on CUVs and fullsize luxury
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    A press release celebrating Audi's delivery of 1.5 million vehicles this year contains almost a passing reference to the future of its lineup: Audi will add 11 models, expanding from 49 models to 60. The news was delivered at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt during the handover of an A3 Sportback to its German buyer, as execs noted that the brand has hit its ...

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