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Audi A3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Audi A3

  • The 2010 Audi A3 makes for a good entry-level luxury car with plenty of utility, but the higher sticker price and expensive options may scare off some buyers.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Upscale interior, enjoyable driving dynamics, versatile interior space, available diesel engine.

  • Cons

    Expensive compared to its hatchback competitors, limited rear-seat headroom and legroom for taller passengers.

  • What's New for 2010

    For 2010, Audi has dropped the A3's 3.2-liter V6 from the lineup, added a diesel engine, made wood interior accents available and included S line features across all models. Trim levels are now listed as Premium and Premium Plus.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Not reliable...never again!

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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

Just after warranty, the manifold went bad. The injectors went bad. After five years of ownership the main engine seal and the oil separator went bad ($2,000) and the fuse housing under the hood melted ($675). I have been driving for 32 years and I have gotten bad gasoline with this car twice. Never before in 32 years has that occurred. The car is over engineered and too temperamental. VW's I've owned were also unreliable. If you have plenty of money and time to spend at the shop, you may consider this a fun car.




A year and 30k miles

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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

I bought my 09 A3(2.0T w/S-tronic) in July 2012, with 51k miles, now has 81k miles. MPG has actually gotten better, and I routinely get over 30 commuting to work(22 miles one way). Had to replace the electronic throttle, but other than that, I've spent $2.5k on regular maintenance--tune up, oil changes, brakes, tires. The seatbacks came unglued, so i simply super-glued them back together, with no issues. The armrest also came undone, but to replace the top portion, it will cost me $200, so that will also be super-glued back. I will consider the 2015 A3 when it arrives, though i'll also be cross-shopping with the Volvo V60(soon to arrive), and the new GTI.




A gti in a suit

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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

I needed to replace my 11 year old TT roadster with a larger car. I was looking at 2-3 year old A4 Avants but they were too expensive. Last week I bought an A3 used with 30k on the odometer. I just finished a 1000 mile road trip in 100+ degree heat at an average speed of 85 mph without a single problem. Great power from the 2.0 turbo that emits a wonderful snarl when you floor it and the dual clutch transmission is an able dance partner in the twisties. The dual zone AC kept the cabin of my black on black skyroof equipped A3 cool and comfortable while we cruised through the Mojave desert and the engine temp needle never budged past the middle of the dial. Great little car!




2008 a3 2.0t (dsg)

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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

uses way too much oil! I am afraid to drive it a considerable amount of distance.. I check the oil one day, and although remarkably dirty,its full. The next day I drive it 100 miles give or take.. when I get home I have NO OIL, and there was no alert telling me that the oil is low!!I have taken it back to my Audi dealership 3 times and it is going back for #4. One more chance!otherwise this is a great car. I'd rather not sell it because of the poor treatment that I receive at the Audi dealership that I use. Come on Audi. Once we buy your car - we are family! Service Managers need to treat us better!! Audi drivers want performance,high quality, and 6 star treatment!!! thanks!




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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

Before I purchased my A3, I had been longing for an Audi for quite some time. Dealer made the new A3 more financially attractive than a low-mileage A4 from the prior model year. I have not regretted my decision and now have ~17,000 mi. on the car. No major mechanical problems. No quality issues except for poorly tracking sun-roof shade. The engine is peppy. There IS turbo lag, contrary to what some critics have said, but the torque band is band is broad and smooth once it is engaged. DSG works nicely and allows driver to drive all speeds in manual fashion. Lovely steering wheel. Intuitive gauge placement. Supportive seats, although more side bolstering would be nice. Love the QUATTRO.




Fun fast practical - one

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Vehicle: 2009 Audi A3

Satisfaction on a car purchase is all about previous experience and expectations. Previous: I've owned BMW's (328is, 528i). Mercedes (E350), Lexus (GX470). Love the tightness of a German car, combo sport and luxury. Need: I drive 15k/year, mostly highway with some 2 lane windy roads. My 528i had 160k miles, facing $5k on brakes, airbag sensor, struts, etc. I was also getting about 23mpg. Wanted something fun, fast with good mpg and room for family (wife, 2 girls). Enter A3: This car is about as perfect (based on my expectations/needs) as one can get. It is tighter than the BMW's, fast and fun. 30mpg - driven hard. Sunroof, stereo, leather seats, bluetooth all create luxury feel.



Full 2010 Audi A3 Review

What's New for 2010

For 2010, Audi has dropped the A3's 3.2-liter V6 from the lineup, added a diesel engine, made wood interior accents available and included S line features across all models. Trim levels are now listed as Premium and Premium Plus.

Introduction

The 2010 Audi A3 can mean a lot of things to different people. Straddling the line between wagon and hatchback, while also delivering a blend of utility, prestige and excitement, one would think this jack-of-all-trades car would be in high demand. Instead, sales have been lukewarm at best since the A3 showed up in stateside showrooms in 2005. More likely than not, lackluster sales have been due to the A3's high base price, expensive options and the fact that its hatchback design is unappealing to most Americans.

But let's set that aside for the moment. On the positive side, A3 buyers will get the type of understated upscale cabin that Audi is known for, as well as sporty exterior styling that's a cut above most cars on the road. You also get available all-wheel drive and the added cargo-carrying versatility of the hatchback body style. In the interest of increasing the car's appeal, Audi has given the 2010 A3 some significant changes, most notably regarding engine choices. The range-topping V6 model is no longer available, and a high fuel economy clean-diesel engine joins the ranks. The diesel is pretty much the same as the one found in the Volkswagen Jetta and can get about 40 mpg while also being emissions certified for all 50 states.

These improvements, along with the stately interior and brand prestige, are what help set the 2010 Audi A3 apart from non luxury-brand hatchback/wagon competitors like the VW Jetta and GTI, Mazdaspeed 3, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback and Subaru Impreza 2.5GT. And as long as you keep your A3's option pricing low, the car's added expense should be worth it. But a loaded-up A3 isn't as appealing in terms of value, and at that point you might as well start checking out more desirable luxury wagons like Audi's own A4 Avant.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Audi A3 four-door hatchback is offered in two trim levels: Premium and Premium Plus. Premium models include 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, cruise control, a trip computer and a 10-speaker audio system with a single-CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Stepping up to Premium Plus trim adds xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, aluminum interior trim, a power driver seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth.

Optional extras for the Premium and Premium Plus A3 include a Cold Weather package (including heated front seats, mirrors and windshield nozzles) and a Sport package that includes 18-inch wheels, high-performance tires, sport seats and a sport-tuned suspension. On the A3's Premium Plus trim level only, you can also add the Convenience package (automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, upgraded Bose stereo and auto-dimming rearview mirror), the Titanium Sport package (it's just like the regular Sport package but with special exterior details) and a navigation system with the MMI controller and either a six-CD changer or an iPod interface. Stand-alone options available for all A3s include aluminum or black roof rails, wood interior trim and a panoramic sunroof.

Powertrains and Performance

For 2010, the Audi A3 sees some changes in the powertrain lineup. The previous 3.2-liter V6 is no longer offered, but a four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel is new and utilizes clean-diesel technology. It produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine from previous years returns; it produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Gasoline-powered A3 models are offered with either front-wheel drive or Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Diesel-powered versions will only be offered with front-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive gasoline models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual transmission or Audi's quick-shifting S tronic automated dual-clutch six-speed manual gearbox, the latter of which has manual or fully automatic modes. AWD models and the diesel are limited to the S tronic transmission.

In a recent test, we accelerated a front-drive A3 fitted with the 2.0-liter turbo and six-speed manual from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds -- about average among the competition. The EPA estimates fuel economy for this model at 21 mpg city/30 highway and 24 in combined driving. The S tronic is rated at 22/28/24 mpg and the forthcoming diesel should make an impressive 30/42/34 mpg. Audi A3 2.0Ts sold in California and California-emissions states meet the more stringent PZEV tailpipe emissions standards. Fuel economy estimates for the A3 TDI are 30/42/34.

Safety

The 2010 Audi A3 follows in the footsteps of the rest of the Audi line by offering a full complement of safety features that includes front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and stability control. Seat-mounted side airbags for rear passengers are optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the A3 its highest score of "Good" in frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2010 A3's cabin is typical for most Audis, which is to say understated in design with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. There are a bit more hard plastic pieces compared to other Audi models, but they are well-textured to blend in seamlessly. Metallic vent surrounds and knobs further add to the A3's upscale look and feel, as does most of the switchgear.

The A3's cabin isn't without a few minor faults, though. The optional navigation system brings with it Audi's MMI electronics controller, which in the A3 is located on the dash rather than its traditional, easier-to-reach location on the center console. The window controls mounted on the driver's door are situated a bit too far aft and the handbrake tends to bump into the center armrest when operated. The front seats are comfortable, but shorter drivers may have difficulty reaching the pedals due to a lack of forward seat travel. Rear seats are also comfortable, but taller passengers may run out of legroom and headroom -- especially if the car has the optional sunroof.

Luggage space is ample for large suitcases and golf bags, with a maximum capacity of almost 20 cubic feet. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down (but not flat) for bulkier cargo and the center trunk pass-through can accommodate longer items.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Audi A3's 2.0-liter gasoline engine provides ample power and is well-matched to either transmission choice. When driven hard, front-wheel-drive models have some difficulty making full use of available power due to wheelspin -- a problem that AWD variants don't have.

Like many Audis, the A3's suspension tuning is on the firm side to enhance performance, yet there's still enough compliance to soak up road imperfections. Whether commuting in heavy traffic or cruising down the highway, the A3's cabin remains pleasantly refined. Tight-fitting doors, windows and a streamlined shape all serve to quell wind noise to almost luxury sedan standards.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
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  • 30
  • highway
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