The 2017 Audi A3 is upscale and fun to drive. It offers a superior cabin quality and design, ample standard equipment, fuel-efficient and punchy engines, top crash test scores, and nimble handling. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year, at least according to rumors going round in the internet.
This will be the third year of production for both of Audi’s Convertible and compact sedan, and Audi promises an even better performance and luxury. And just like the models before it, Audi hopes to strike a long-lasting chord with buyers who appreciate its pricing and relatively modest dimensions.
But what makes the A3 a standout? The A3, according to Audi, is able to deliver authentic Audi performance, quality, and style by capturing the essence of the brand despite its affordability. Indeed, the only foibles that seem to slow it down in its segment is the modest cargo and passenger space. The convertible even makes things even worse with its tight backseat and cargo spaces that are greatly underwhelming especially if you have loads of cargo to haul.
On the upside, though, there is nothing else on the A3 to gripe about. It has a lot to offer, even if you’re not on budget. It offers a sharper handling, a well-equipped cabin, strong fuel economy figures, and a peppy handling. While the A3 may be hard to beat, there are several rivals nipping at its heels.
These include the Lexus IS 250, the stylish Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan, the BMW 2 Series, and 2017 the Acura ILX. The new 2017 Audi A3 is the best of the breed, nevertheless, especially if your lifestyle calls for a genuine car in a tidy little wrapper.
Audi A3 – Available Trims
The two-door convertible or four-door compact sedan with a seating capacity for four people is available in Prestige, 2.0T Premium Plus, and 1.8T Premium trims. The 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review is offered elsewhere on this blog.
Exterior Photos & 2017 Audi A3 Interior Review
The base A3 Premium trim model offers heated mirrors and windshield-washer nozzles, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, LED running lights, 17” alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic xenon headlights, satellite radio, a ten-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a power-retractable display, a panoramic sunroof, an SD card slot, a CD player, a leather upholstery, and automatic wipers.
Opting for the A3 Premium Plus gets you a four-way power lumbar, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, 18” wheels, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, an eight-way power passenger seat, and Audi’s propriety digital music interface.
Several packages are offered for the top-of-the-line A3 Prestige trim model including the Technology package (mobile app integration, a color trip computer, an improved display, mobile 4G LTE connectivity, Bang & Olufsen sound system, lane-departure warning system, a navigation system, voice controls, and an upgraded MMI system). The “S line” exterior appearance package adds an adaptive cruise control, power folding exterior mirrors, forward collision mitigation system, and an adaptive cruise control.
Standalone options include an 18” wheels, unique interior colors, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, Audi music interface, rear side airbags, a black cloth headliner, and adjustable vehicle settings. The Sport package is also available for 2017, though, the contents are unknown as of this writing. We should however look forward for this and more surprises at its release date.
2017 Audi A3 Engine Specs
Inspiration for the Audi A3 is offered by the turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine under the hood of the base engine, which is rated at 170 hp and 200 lbs. ft. of torque. Optionally offered for both sedan and convertible is the 2.0 TFSI engine good for 220 horsepower and 258 pounds-ft. of torque.
Finally, the Prestige checks in with a turbocharged 2.0L diesel four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower and 236 pounds-ft. of torque. It comes mated to an AWD system and needs 8.3 seconds for a 0-60 zip. According to EPA, expect the TDI to return 31/43/36 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Its top speed is estimated at around 160mph.
Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length: 14 ft. 7.4 in. (175.4 in.)
Width: 77.2 in
Passenger volume: 79 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3634 lb
Top Speed: 126 mph
0-60: 5.7 sec
MPG: 31/43 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Red , Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic, Ibis White, Mythos Black Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Release Date & 2017 Audi A3 Price
MSRP for the A3 Convertible starts at $36,600, $33,200 for the A3 Diesel, and $30,900 for the A3 Sedan. Speculations allege it will go for sale sometime in the middle of next year.
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