2018 Audi A3 Model Review

26/35  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
5.4  Sec.
0-60 MPH
4
Doors
5
Seats
9.9  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Audi A3?

The Audi A3 was introduced for buyers who want a spirited luxury compact car that drives like a sports car. The base model of the A3 was introduced in 2015 with major changes to the engine and overall design. Major changes for 2018 include heated front seats and a pair of USB ports for every A3 version. Blind spot monitoring was added to the Premium Plus trim package. A Bang & Olufsen audio system was added to the technology package along with navigation and Virtual Cockpit configurable driver's information display. These additions have only enhanced a car that is one of the best in its class.

2018 Audi A3

Trims & Features

Standard leather seats give the Audi A3 a feeling of luxury right from the beginning, but it does not stop there. It is offered in a 2.0T Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim package. The Premium package adds a clean keyless entry/start, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a tech package that includes Apple CarPlay, and Android auto smartphone integration. It features a self-dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitoring, and has optional features that allow it to be upgraded to make it similar to the Prestige package.

The Prestige package comes as a sedan or cabriolet. It comes with full LED headlights with automatic high beams, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and gesture control infotainment system. The cabriolet features a 13-speaker/625-watt stereo, while the sedan has a 14-speaker/705-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

One thing that might be noted is that the sedan seats five passengers and the cabriolet seats four passengers due to the needed room to store the roof. When the roof is up, it can comfortably seat five.

2018 Audi A3 Rear

Horsepower

The A3's handling is more like that of a sports car on curvy roads, making it fun to drive. It is known for superior handling that is enhanced by all-wheel drive. It loves to hug the curves. The A3 offers five different powertrain options, so you can find one that matches your driving needs. Front-wheel-drive versions come with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 186 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. This version has a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. It gets 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, not bad for this much power. The all-wheel-drive versions have powerful turbocharged 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engines that can produce 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This version uses a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sedan gets an estimated 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The cabriolet version gets 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Safety

2018 Audi A3 Top ViewThe A3 sedan received Top Safety Pick Plus accolades from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety (IIHS). It received top scores of good all the way across the board. It features knee airbags for front occupants and side airbags with inflatable curtains. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the sedan received a maximum of five stars overall and four stars for front impact protection. All models have forward collision warning for objects and pedestrians. The car will automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision. Options are available for Lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and rear cross traffic alert to warn you of traffic when backing out of parking spaces. If you want to sedan that handles like a luxury sports car, the A3 may be the right choice for you. Come test drive one today at Audi Springfield and redefine what luxury means.

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