Audi A3
Audi A3
Audi A3

2020 Audi A3 sedan

Pros: Nimble, sporty handling with decent ride quality; upscale (if understated) cabin; available all-wheel drive; peppy acceleration

Cons: Limited passenger and cargo room; some drivers dislike Audi MMI infotainment system; premium-grade gasoline is required

CG Says: The 2020 Audi A3 line is trimmed with the deletion of the convertible, along with the Titanium and Prestige sedan trim levels. The A3 and related S3/RS 3 performance models are premium compact sedans that are 10.6 inches shorter than Audi’s other compact sedan, the A4. The Audi A3 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 184 horsepower for front-wheel drive cars (badged Sport) and 228 hp for all-wheel drive quattros (labelled S line). The sporty S3 also has a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 288 hp. The turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine of the high-performance RS 3 is rated at 394 hp. All engines are paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The A3 significantly undercuts the base prices of Audi larger A4 compact lineup and offers a similarly invigorating driving personality, albeit in a smaller, slightly less versatile package. If you can live with the cozy passenger- and cargo room, the A3 is an excellent premium compact. The S3 offers even zippier performance and the RS 3 is almost supercar fast, but both require a fairly steep price premium.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany, Hungary
Base Prices A3 Sport Premium sedan: $34,295
A3 Sport Premium Plus sedan: $37,295
AWD A3 quattro S line Premium  sedan: $37,495
AWD A3 quattro S line Premium Plus sedan: $40,495
AWD S3 Premium sedan: $43,995
AWD S3 Premium Plus sedan: $46,595
AWD RS 3 sedan: $57,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A3)
Horsepower
184 (228 with all-wheel drive)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (S3)
Horsepower
288
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder (RS 3)
Horsepower
394
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Audi RS 3
2020 Audi RS 3 sedan
Audi S3
2020 Audi S3 sedan
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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