Audi A3

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Audi A3 2013

Audi A3 Prices :

MSRP: $27,270 - $30,850
Invoice: $25,361 - $28,691

The 2013 Audi A3 ranks 3 out of 10 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 109 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A3, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

Though the 2013 Audi A3 has cramped rear seats, reviewers still think its ample cargo space and fuel-efficient diesel engine make it one of the more versatile models in its class.

The 2013 Audi A3 can come with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine or a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. Test drivers find that models with the standard gasoline engine are the most enjoyable to drive, but they’re also impressed with the diesel’s fuel economy ratings of 30/42 mpg city/highway, which is significantly higher than the base model’s 21/30 mpg. Both engines have a standard six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional. Test drivers are satisfied with both transmissions, and report that they shift gears smoothly. They say that overall, the A3’s performance is characterized by sharp handling and comfortable ride quality.

While auto critics say they’re impressed with the Audi A3’s conservative, attractive cabin and quality materials, they note that its optional navigation system is confusing. The A3 also lacks features that are standard on many rivals, such as Bluetooth. A USB port is not available at all. Test drivers add that the five-seat Audi A3’s passenger accommodations may not satisfy all shoppers. The rear seats are cramped for adults, though that is a common complaint among upscale small cars. The front-row seats, however, offer plenty of room, and the A3 has a lot of cargo space for the class.

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