2019 Audi A3 Sedan
MSRP Range: $32,500 - $44,800

  • Good balance of a comfortable ride and sporty handling
  • Strong acceleration from the turbocharged engine
  • Refined and stylish cabin
  • Small trunk, especially with all-wheel drive
  • Limited backseat space
What's new
  • Quattro models get an 8-hp increase and a new transmission
  • Additional standard equipment and revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the second A3 generation introduced for 2015
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Which A3 does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the Quattro guise in part for the additional power that comes with the namesake all-wheel-drive system. To keep the cost in check, we suggest sticking with the base Titanium or Premium trim. Also, consider getting the reasonably priced Convenience package for its useful blind-spot monitoring and keyless ignition and entry features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.2 / 10

The Audi A3 has consistently been the most well-rounded model in the entry-level luxury-car segment. That's down to its appealing blend of style, performance and creature comforts that, until recently, was tough to beat. It's getting on in years now, having been introduced in 2015, and some of its competition has caught up for 2019. Nevertheless, when it comes to convincing small luxury sedans and convertibles, the A3 is still an intriguing choice.

Ongoing updates to the A3's features set has helped keep it fresh. This year, for instance, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which were formerly optional on the base trim level, are now standard. Plus, Quattro models receive a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that replaces last year's six-speed unit. Oddly enough, the extra gear didn't result in improved fuel economy like we'd expect. In fact, the EPA says the Quattro has dropped by 2 mpg in combined city/highway driving compared to last year.

Another surprise is how good one of the A3's new rivals, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, is. It's won us over with its premium cabin design, capable infotainment system and all-around performance. But if you can deal with its snug accommodations, the 2019 Audi A3 remains a solid pick for an affordable luxury sedan.

What it's like to live with?

Edmunds' editorial team acquired and lived with an Audi A3 2.0T Quattro sedan for a full year, logging 20,000 miles. It quickly became obvious that although the A3 is Audi's entry-level sedan, it's a proper luxury car. We love the strong engine, quiet cabin and front seat comfort, but we found the trunk space a bit limiting and out-of-warranty maintenance fairly expensive. Note that we tested a 2015 A3, but most of our observations still apply to the 2019 A3. To read about our entire experience, check out our long-term A3 test.

Audi A3 models

The 2019 Audi A3 is offered in four-door sedan and two-door convertible (Cabriolet) body styles. Both are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The trim levels are named Titanium, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige in Audi-speak, which are listed in order of increasing content.

Front-wheel-drive A3 models have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (184 hp, 221 lb-ft). These models have a fuel economy edge over their all-wheel-drive (Quattro) brothers to the tune of 4 mpg (EPA combined). Quattro variants have a similar engine, but a few changes elevate its gumption to a more robust 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. All A3s are fitted exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The base Titanium, available only as a sedan, is well-equipped, sporting features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker sound system, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The Premium is similarly equipped, but it is available as a sedan or a convertible. Premium Cabriolet models get a power-folding soft top, a nine-speaker sound system and a power-adjustable front passenger seat.

For a reasonable sum, the Premium Plus adds a mix of cosmetics and worthwhile convenience features such as 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable passenger seat (sedan), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless ignition and entry, parking sensors, full LED headlights and wireless charging. These models also gain a dose of exterior appearance items such as revised bumpers, side sill extensions and illuminated aluminum front doorsills.

The Prestige goes all out with a parking assistance system, power-folding mirrors, an expanded Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, and a host of driver assistance features (including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise and automatic high beams). Some of the features found on the Premium Plus and the Prestige can be added to the lower trims as options.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi A3 2.0T Quattro Sedan (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).

Since this test was conducted, the current vehicle has received some revisions, including changes to features availability and the addition of a seven-speed automatic transmission for Quattro models for 2019. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's vehicle, however.


Overall8.2 / 10


With 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the A3 provides plenty of power to accelerate with purpose yet still returns good fuel economy figures. Handling is noteworthy, with a direct feel and cornering that's both entertaining and reassuring.


There's some hesitation from a standstill. But once underway, thrust from the turbocharged four-cylinder is impressive, reaching 60 mph in a quick 5.8 seconds. The all-wheel-drive system gives plenty of grip.


Around town, the A3 has natural-feeling brake weighting and responses and is easy to modulate. In panic braking, there's little nosedive and the car tracks straight. It needed 118 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is better than average for the class and remained consistent after several runs.


The steering effort is light, making parking-lot maneuvers easy, but it still conveys direct feedback to the driver. On winding roads, it is predictably precise and further instills confidence.


The A3 feels light and athletic in curves. The all-wheel-drive system makes the most of available grip, and the well-tuned suspension gives it a balanced, reassuring feel.


The A3 is easy to maneuver in tight spaces thanks to its light steering. It tackles the everyday commute with ease.


This front-seat comfort is the kind we've come to expect from larger and more expensive sedans. And the A3 manages it without sacrificing performance. The rear seats are cramped but no more than those of other cars in this class.

Seat comfort

The front seats are roomy and comfortable even after several hours of touring. But they do lack some side bolstering. Rear-seat space is restrictive and suitable for smaller passengers only.

Ride comfort

The A3 has a compliant ride that smooths over most road imperfections. Larger undulations can cause some jostling, though.

Noise & vibration

Road and wind noise is detectable on the highway, but it's never intrusive, even on rough pavement. There's some clattering engine noise at startup, but the idle quickly smooths out.


Like all Audis, the A3 sports an austere interior design, and that's a good thing. Tasteful aluminum accents, excellent materials quality and a generous features list make this car feel anything but entry-level.

Ease of use

The controls are placed exactly where you'd expect them, especially the MMI controller with handwriting recognition. The central screen rises from the dash for easy viewing, with sharp graphics and intuitive menus.

Getting in/getting out

Front-seat access is easy even in tight spaces thanks to a tall opening and doors that aren't too long. Rear access is decidedly less simple, requiring some twisting and stooping to get in.


The front seats are roomy enough for taller passengers, but the rear seats lack the head- and legroom needed for the average adult. Only small folks will be comfortable back there.


Forward visibility is excellent thanks to narrow roof pillars — a rarity in modern cars. Rear visibility is good enough that you could get by without the optional backup camera.


All interior surfaces in the A3 are well-textured for an upscale look and feel. Every knob and switch has a distinct heft and click, and the car just feels sturdy.


The all-wheel-drive system eats up a decent chunk of the already-smallish trunk space, and cabin storage is at a premium.

Small-item storage

Interior storage is pretty limited, with modestly sized door pockets, console bin and glovebox.

Cargo space

The A3's trunk is the smallest in the class with only a 10-cubic-foot capacity. Large golf bags or long clubs will require folding down the rear seats.

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    4 out of 5 stars, Review of my 2019 Audi A3
    2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

    So I’ve had my 2019 Audi A3 Quattro AWD for a few weeks now. Here are the things I love, and things I wish I could change. Things I love: -Acceleration/speed/driving experience -Premium sound system (best feature of the car) -WiFi built in plus wireless charging -The virtual cockpit (amazing when displaying Google Maps) Here is what I am not so thrilled about: -Cabin space - tiny glovebox, tiny trunk, center console is used up by the wireless charger - SPACE IS LIMITED -Placement of cupholders - my large Yeti mug is too tall so I have to hold it while driving. Not very safe.. they should have put more thought into this design -Biggest pet peeve? I have a $47,000 car with every high end tech option as other model Audi’s (same virtual cock pit, same MyAudi / Audi Connect) yet Audi Corporate Office has refused to unlock “key user” functionality for the 2019 A3 model year! What does this mean? -I have a $47,000 vehicle with the same technology as the A4,A5 etc, yet they can use a mobile app to unlock doors, check gas levels, and track their vehicle in the event of theft, yet my A3 has the tech, but a decision by Audi “locks” loyal A3 customers from using very basic remote features due to them not having $50-150,000 MSRP model vehicles. Why the hate for the A3 customer community, Audi? Guess what I can do with the “MyAudi” app? I can view photos of my vehicle (wow), look at the original equipment installed (double wow) and set service appointments (triple wow). USELESS! The funny thing is, I would gladly pay a monthly fee to have a mobile app that actually linked to my vehicle as a key user. Maybe Audi will have a heart and push a firmware update that will allow 2019 customers to actually use the 2019 technology they paid a hefty price for to have in their A3’s? Time will tell... Overall though, it’s not all sour grapes. The A3 Quattro is a beast of a machine and if Audi unlocked basic features for remote monitoring, I would be much happier and less bitter about my $47,000 purchase (when you add local taxes, destination delivery and dealer fees and maintenance / extended warranty, it’s actually a $55,000 purchase - just for the record)

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    Features & Specs

    2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19 features & specs
    2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
    MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower184 hp @ 4400 rpm
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    2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
    MPG 22 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower228 hp @ 4500 rpm
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    2.0 TFSI Titanium 4dr Sedan features & specs
    2.0 TFSI Titanium 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
    MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower184 hp @ 4400 rpm
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    2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
    MPG 22 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower228 hp @ 4500 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite A3 safety features:

    Active Lane Assist
    Helps to keep you in your lane by monitoring lane markings and applying gentle steering corrections.
    Side Assist
    Monitors the car's blind spots and illuminates a light when a car in an adjacent lane is in your blind spot.
    Adaptive Cruise With Stop & Go
    Adjusts your set speed when you approach traffic and maintains a predetermined gap. Can resume travel even after traffic stops.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Audi A3 vs. the competition

    Audi A3 vs. Audi S3

    All of the Audi A3's attributes are bumped up a notch in the S3. The S3 is a quicker, better-equipped and sharper-handling A3. It comes at a price, however. The S3's base price is some $12,000 higher than that of a base A3. But if you're considering a top-trim A3, you should consider the S3 as it actually costs a few hundred dollars less.

    Compare Audi A3 & Audi S3 features

    Audi A3 vs. Audi A4

    The A4 is a larger sedan than the A3. If you plan on using the back seat with any regularity, it's worth taking a look at the A4. The A3, however, is a nimbler car with better steering. Depending on your budget and needs, it might make sense to go for an A4 instead of a top-trim A3. The A4 also benefits from a newer design.

    Compare Audi A3 & Audi A4 features

    Audi A3 vs. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

    The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a step up from the A3 in size and price. But although its hatchback body style makes the BMW more practical, its substantially higher price makes it less appealing. Also, the 3 Series Gran Turismo weighs several hundred pounds more than the A3 and has barely any more power. While the regular 3 Series is all-new for 2019, the 3 Series Gran Turismo isn't. Stick with the A3 in this case.

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    Is the Audi A3 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 A3 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Audi A3 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the A3 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the A3 ranges from 10.0 to 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi A3. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Audi A3?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Audi A3:

    • Quattro models get an 8-hp increase and a new transmission
    • Additional standard equipment and revisions to feature availability
    • Part of the second A3 generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Audi A3 reliable?
    To determine whether the Audi A3 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the A3. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the A3's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Audi A3 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Audi A3 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 A3 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 A3 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Audi A3?

    The least-expensive 2019 Audi A3 is the 2019 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,500.

    Other versions include:

    • 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $32,500
    • 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $35,600
    • 2.0 TFSI Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $33,300
    • 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $39,600
    • 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $36,500
    • 2.0 TFSI Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $41,700
    • 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $44,800
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    What are the different models of Audi A3?
    If you're interested in the Audi A3, the next question is, which A3 model is right for you? A3 variants include 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). For a full list of A3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2019 Audi A3 Sedan Overview

    The 2019 Audi A3 Sedan is offered in the following styles: 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 4/19 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).

    What do people think of the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 A3 Sedan 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 A3 Sedan.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 A3 Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including 2.0 TFSI Premium, 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro, 2.0 TFSI Titanium, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2019 Audi A3 Sedan?

    2019 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

    The 2019 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,575. The average price paid for a new 2019 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $6,002 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,002 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,573.

    The average savings for the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 13.2% below the MSRP.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 Audi A3 Sedan?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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