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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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    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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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron
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    A little more than a year ago, I drove an Audi A3 E-Tron prototype – an early concept electric vehicle built on the outgoing second-generation A3 platform. While I was impressed with the technology, its 3,800-pound weight, 10-second 0-60 time and 90-mile range will likely put it only mid-pack, at best, among its future competitive set. But Audi ...

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    Official: Audi chooses A3 as its Super Bowl darling
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    With Super Bowl XLVIII less than two months away, we're sure to hear plenty of news about automakers and their various plans for in-game commercials. Audi has announced that it will return for its seventh year of Super Bowl advertising, but few details were provided about the spot other than the fact that it will focus on the all-new 2015 A3. The ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi S3 Sedan
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    For the last few years, Audi has been publicly toying with building a successor to its Ur-Quattro, a model still glowing in a gritty patina of motorsports glory decades after it left the scene. If anything, the rally car's halo has burned brighter as Audi has matured into a world luxury superpower. Since 2010, the German automaker has shown two different ...

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    Official: 2015 Audi A3 Sedan priced from $29,900* [w/video]
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    One year after the all-new Audi A3 bowed in Europe, the US finally will get the 2015 A3 sedan in 2014, and the German automaker announced yesterday that it's priced from $29,900 (*not including $895 for destination). A bit later in 2014, the A3 Cabriolet will be released along with the S3 sedan. The A3 Sportback will be a 2015 model, though it will only ...

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    Official: VW Group opens new plant in China
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    As the top market for the Volkswagen Group, China will be getting plenty of attention in coming years when it comes to vehicle production starting with an all-new plant in Foshan. The new plant celebrated the production of its first car this week – a seventh-gen Volkswagen Golf – but the Audi A3 will also join the line by the end of this ...

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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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    Report: 2015 Audi A3 gets augmented reality app in place of owners manual [w/video]
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    There have been a few, seemingly half-hearted, attempts at reinventing the owner's manual - that thick stack of bone-dry information that you only look at if you're well and truly stumped. Hyundai tried swapping in iPads with the Equus, which didn't really take, while Chrysler switched its owner's manuals to digital form in 2010. Chrysler subsidiary Dodge ...

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    Official: Audi first to bring LTE to the car later this year
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    It appears Audi will be the first to market with in-car LTE service later this year. We knew that BMW was working on LTE integration last year with its ConnectedDrive, and we've been told that, by the end of 2015, most General Motors products will have it, but LTE can be ordered on the S3 Sportback (pictured) as soon as July. Other models in the A3 ...

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