2020 A3 New Car Test Drive
The Audi A3 is a compact luxury sedan that puts substance over flash. It offers many standard features, including automatic emergency braking. It's been a champ for a long time, and has aged well. The 2020 model is the final year of this generation, with a redesign planned for 2021, so the Cabriolet and top Prestige trims have been cut. That leaves the Premium and Premium Plus trims, although there's a one-time options package called Final Edition, which includes sport seats and some cosmetic bits for $800.
Among other things, the A3 is known for its strong, smooth acceleration from a brilliant 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes in two states of tune, for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The front-drive version deserves raves for its impressive 30-mpg on regular gas, while the all-wheel-drive model earns praise for its excellent balance and grip.
The cabin wears standard leather upholstery and a power moonroof, and it's full of nice touches, including the 8.0-inch infotainment screen. A high-tech digital instrument panel is available. The cabin has a snug rear seat, with a smallish trunk.
With front-wheel drive, the 2020 A3 is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg city, 36 highway, 30 combined. Mileage falls with all-wheel drive to 22/30/25 mpg. Both versions run on regular fuel.
The A3's safety scores are strong. It earns five overall stars from the NHTSA and is designated as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Automatic emergency braking is standard, while other options are available on the Premium Plus model. Those include blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.
For about $34,000, the base Premium comes with leather seats, a power moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All-wheel drive is $3,200, significantly more than most, but it comes with more power and a sporty suspension.
The Premium Plus is $37,000 and brings a lot for the extra three grand, including LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, parking sensors, and Bang & Olufsen audio, as well as the availability of a costly digital instrument cluster and adaptive cruise control.
The warranty is 4 years or 50,000 miles, with the first scheduled service included.