In 1996, Audi manufactured the very first A3 sedan. Met with glowing reviews and countless accolades, the Audi A3 has remained a staple in the German automaker’s lineup ever since. The Audi A3 sedan has been touted as one of the most affordable luxury cars in its segment, offering Audi’s trademarked refinement, quality, and design. Since its initial introduction, the A3 has taken on many different shapes, sizes, engines, and packages - making it one of the most versatile models in Audi’s overall lineup.
For the 2016 model year, the Audi A3 is offered to consumers as a Sedan, Cabriolet, and a Sportback e-tron hybrid. Each model offers drivers a unique take on Audi’s original A3, and various trim levels for optimum flexibility.
Driver’s who value the traditional sedan styling, will enjoy the luxury-filled A3 Sedan and it’s impressive efficiency. The A3 Cabriolet appeals to drivers who seek adventure, the open road, and a cool breeze. This two-door model has seating for four, and an endless capacity for fun.
All new to the 2016 A3 lineup, is the Sportback e-tron, a hybrid hatchback that connects drivers to the world of electric-gas powered vehicles.
The 2016 Audi A3 Sedan is one of the most iconic vehicles in the German automaker’s lineup. Not only does the A3 Sedan offer the power, style, and refinement that Audi is known for, it also has been recognized by various institutions for everything it has to offer. Edmunds.com recently conducted a side-by-side comparison to the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 sedan, and named the Audi A3 Sedan the number one choice between the two.
The 2016 Audi A3 Sedan comes in three different trim level choices - the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Each model starts under $40,000, making it one of the most affordable luxury sedans on the market.
Drivers can choose from three engine options including two traditional gasoline engines, and a clean-diesel TDI engine. All three engines help the A3 Sedan achieve impressive fuel economy numbers, and are paired with Audi’s S tronic six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI engines are equipped with a front-wheel drive system, while the more powerful 2.0 TFSI comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive technology. Regardless of which engine you choose for the A3 Sedan, power and performance come standard on all three.
The interior of the 2016 A3 Sedan is rich in amenities and technology. Each model comes with a power panoramic sunroof, twelve-way power driver’s seat, and a standard rear-view camera.
Standard on the Prestige trim level is MMI navigation plus with voice control, and a class-exclusive MMI touch-sensitive scroll wheel, that leaves the driver in control of the entire cabin.
The available Audi Connect system features a full-color screen that allows drivers and passengers to connect with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE, and keep connected to the world through Twitter integration, Google Earth, and local traffic.
The 2016 Audi A3 is also one of the safest sedans on the road. Thanks to advanced safety technology such as Audi Side Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Audi Active Lane Assist, driver’s have an extra set of eyes on the road ahead, behind, and all around.
Starting at just $36,600, the 2016 A3 Cabriolet is bringing the fun back into driving. The 2016 A3 Cabriolet engineers went to great lengths to design a lightweight, versatile, and powerful ride. With the use of ultra-lightweight technology, and advanced engine options, they not only met their goal - they exceeded it.
The 2016 A3 Cabriolet comes in three trim level offerings, each with the choice of two engine blocks. The base 1.8 TFSI is a four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower, and 200 lb.-ft.of torque.
Paired with a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, this engine comes standard with front-wheel drive system and gets a combined fuel economy of 28 miles to the gallon. The more powerful 2.0 TFSI engine features the same six-speed transmission, but gets Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
This performance-driven engine makes 220 horsepower, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, and a combined estimated fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon.
The acoustic folding roof is what makes the A3 Cabriolet stand apart from other A3 models, which can be retracted at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. A rear-view camera comes standard on all three trim levels, as well as Bluetooth wireless technology.
Drivers who want it all can opt for the high-end Prestige trim level, which comes standard with a Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 13 speakers, an S Line exterior appearance package, and advanced safety features such as Audi Side Assist technology.
Every inch of the 2016 A3 Cabriolet was purposefully designed to deliver the high-performance expected from Audi, and the fun sporty feeling of a convertible.
Brand new for the 2016 model year, is the A3 Sportback e-tron. This hybrid hatchback is sporty, stylish, and above all else - practical. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is unlike any other on the market today.
Audi thought of everything when they designed the A3 Sportback e-tron, including a standard home-charger, carbon offset program, and an available residential solar panel installation. The Sportback e-tron is Audi’s most environmentally conscious vehicle available.
The sleek exterior combines sporty styling, with practicality. Drivers can choose from three trim levels, starting at only $37,900, before government incentives. Each trim level offers a different array of standard features, technology, and comfort amenities.
At the heart of every A3 Sportback e-tron, is the gas-electric engine. Despite it’s hybrid capability, the Sportback e-tron still manages to amass an impressive combined 204 horsepower. No other hybrid vehicle in its class can perform like the A3 Sportback e-tron, and even some of the regular gasoline-powered guys can’t keep up.
Drivers can choose from four different driving modes with Audi Drive Select technology, offering even more control. The included charger can bring the A3 Sportback e-tron to a full-battery charge in just two hours, and fifteen minutes.
That’s only fifteen minutes longer than it takes to charge a smartphone, and forty-five minutes less than it takes to charge a laptop.
Whether you desire a traditional sedan, a sporty convertible, or an advanced hybrid hatchback - the 2016 Audi A3 lineup has you covered.