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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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    Official: Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro concept bringing its 525 horses to W├Ârthersee
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    It's almost late May, and you know what that means: the last of the snow has melted, the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, the flowers are blooming, and the performance-car faithful are descending on Wörthersee in Austria for the annual GTI-Treffen. Not only is the Wörthersee Tour (as the automaker calls it) a chance for enthusiasts to ...

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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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    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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    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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    Frankfurt: 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet cleans up the Messe [w/video]
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    If we're being honest, the outgoing Audi A3 Cabriolet never really flicked our Bic. That was just fine, of course, because Audi never brought it to North America. This new model, however, might have a different future. And while Audi has yet to officially decide on this car's North American future, this Frankfurt Motor Show debut clearly has a better ...

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    Official: Audi reveals new A3 Cabriolet with Quattro, S3 versions to follow
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    With the Frankfurt International Auto Show coming home to roost this week, German automakers aren't about to miss out on the opportunity to roll out their latest. Audi may be making the biggest splash with the new Sport Quattro concept, but will also use the occasion to introduce its latest compact convertible. We just brought you the first leaked ...

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    Report: Audi A3 Cabriolet leaked ahead of Frankfurt
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    Leaked images of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet have emerged ahead of the compact droptop's debut at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi has sold a convertible A3 in Europe since 2008, although that car has never made it to the US market. Still, with Audi already bringing an A3 and S3 sedan across the pond, there's hope for this small convertible to arrive ...

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    New York: Audi S3 Sedan boasts SAE 296 hp, 0-60 in 4.7 seconds
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    The (technically speaking) 2015 Audi S3 sedan should start at right near $39,000. The last time Audi gifted the world with a small sport sedan was way back when the A4 wasn't an entry-luxury executive car costing relative gads of dough, so maybe since the mid-1990s. In a company decision reversal, we're now officially getting the new A3 Sportback ...

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    New York: 2014 Audi A3 Sedan makes its world debut in NYC [UPDATE]
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    Audi is bringing some excitement to this year's New York Auto Show, showing off a 2014 A3 Sedan that will shortly be vying for attention in the luxury market's newly hot compact segment. The newly minted A3 faces immediate challenge from box-fresh small premium sedans like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Acura ILX, as well as players like the Buick Verano ...

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    Confirmed: Audi A3 Sedan to debut in Shanghai... technically
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    For the first time, Audi will offer a proper four-door version of its compact A3 in the United States. And while we'll be getting a sneak peek at the new sedan as part of this month's New York Auto Show festivities, Audi sources have confirmed to Autoblog that the car will officially make its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. As we reported in ...

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    Audi: Natural gas G-tron project exists "to have a future for the combustion engine"
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    Audi has been quite vocal about what it considers the benefits of the natural gas-burning A3 Sportback G-Tron and, more importantly, the company's synthetic methane (E-Gas) fuel project. On the one hand, it's a very cool idea to take CO2 that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere and turn it into both hydrogen and synthetic natural gas (as Audi's ...

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    Geneva: Audi A3 G-Tron offers big range, few emissions
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    Audi is exploring a variety of sustainable transportation technologies beyond the traditional diesel, hybrid, plug-in and electric options, including the compressed natural gas A3 Sportback G-Tron that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show. The most interesting thing about this rather innocuous-looking A3 Sportback is that when run on Audi e-gas, ...

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    Geneva: Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come
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    Audi officially unveiled the A3 Sportback E-Tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. While not a production model, the plug-in hybrid gives us a good glimpse at what the German automaker has in store for future products. The five-door gets around thanks to parallel hybrid drivetrain comprised of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a small ...

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    Official: 300-HP 2013 Audi S3 Sportback unwrapped
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    Not content to let Volkswagen have all of the fun with its GTI and Golf R, Audi is rebooting its five-door S3 Sportback with rather monstrous power. Headed for an official unveil at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the new S3 rolls out with a 300-horsepower, 280-pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine under the hood. The four-cylinder ...

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    2013 Audi A3 Sportback e-Gas Project shows off carbon-neutral fuel
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    Audi has revealed its 2013 A3 Sportback in Munich ahead of the model's official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this week, and Autoblog was on hand for the early unveiling. Like its three-door cousin, the third-generation five-door wears subtly evolved styling inside and out as well as a longer wheelbase, more interior room and a commendable ...

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    Geneva: 2013 Audi A3 is Ingolstadt's new baby
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    Although the 2013 A3 made its unofficial Internet appearance a couple of weeks ago, we're now seeing the fruits of Audi's labor for the first time here at Geneva Motor Show. With 42 models in its lineup, the Ingolstadt brand didn't want its stalwart and next-smallest car to get lost in the traffic, so it's thrown quite a bit of goodness into the mix. The ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen Group previews its wares on eve of Geneva show
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    The Volkswagen Group is comprised of 11 brands producing 240 vehicles across 49 factories throughout the world. So the best way to show off the range of the VW family is to cram a few thousand journalists and VIPs into a massive makeshift stand to outline the Group's goals, what's in the pipeline and what you'll be able to buy later this year. To that ...

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    More pictures of the 2013 Audi A3 say hello to the Internet
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    The 2013 Audi A3 will be rolling into the Geneva Motor Show next month, but first it went to Russia to get leaked all over the Internet. We saw one angle of it a few days ago, and now we see more of what looks to be a very handsome car. The move to the new MQB platform hasn't altered anything drastically, but revisions in the hatchback's details have made ...

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    Spy Shots: Is this the 2012 Audi A3?
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    Audi is expected to unveil its new A3 at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month, but when it does, we'll already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. And not just because the German automaker's entire range pretty much boils down (for better or worse) to a single design applied to a variety of shapes, but because it apparently has more leaks than ...

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