2018 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro Technik S tronic

Summary

Fuel Economy

L/100 km

Highway

7.5

City

9.7

Vehicle Dimensions

mm

4456
1796
1416
2637

2018 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro Technik S tronic

Fuel City 9.7 L/100 km
Fuel Highway 7.5 L/100 km
Transmission Transmission: S tronic 6-speed dual clutch man seq w/auto mode ; incl. shifter on floor
Max Power Power: 220 hp @ 4,500 rpm; 258 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm
Body Type Sedan
Number of Doors 4
Engine 2.0 L
Drive Wheels All Wheel Drive

Features

Exterior

Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor
Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening Heated washer
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights Black paint
Cornering lights/curb illumination Antenna
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim

Interior

Rear seat centre armrest Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
14 Bang & Olufsen speakers subwoofer and surround sound Tachometer
Front and rear power windows with 2 express MP3 player
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 9.7 ; highway= 7.5 ; combined= 8.7 ; Heated leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
1 12V in front Floor mats
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls Compass
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB front Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Tinted glass Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three
Seat upholstery: leather Audio system with 1 CDs, AM/FM radio, satellite radio and digital media card (reads MP3 format) and colour screen
Vehicle speed proportional power steering type Full floor console with covered storage
Front driver seat and Front passenger seat : heated, bucket with 6 power adjustments ; details: power height, 2-way electric and power tilt Main dashboard display
Auto-dimming rear view mirror 1-disc DVD changer in glove box
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone Load restraint: net
Seating: 5 passengers HDD navigation system: 3D and voice info with traffic info ; includes 7.0-in. colour screen
Folding front seat centre armrest Front reading lights
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range Cruise control
DVD Entertainment display screen located in front ; includes DVD 7.0
Luxury trim: alloy/leather on shifter, alloy on doors, alloy on dashboard and none Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Rear window with defroster Cargo area light
External temperature Floor covering: none
Ventilation system with cabin filter

Mechanical

Hill holder Remote control trunk/hatch release
Emissions data: CO2: 4,011 kg/yr Start/Stop
Fuel system: gasoline direct injection 3.444:1 axle ratio
Electronic traction control Powertrain type : combustion
Dual clutch manual sequential Turbocharged
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane) Electronic hand brake
Vehicle start button Quattro full and part-time 4WD drive with automatic selection
Transmission: S tronic 6-speed dual clutch man seq w/auto mode ; incl. shifter on floor

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag Front and rear bumpers
Rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver, rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for centre Card key power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking
Directional speed dependant headlight control with dusk sensor fog light function Electronic brake distribution
ABS Smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start
Daytime running lights Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) stability control
Front side airbags Front radar parking distance sensors, rear radar & camera parking distance sensors
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger Headlights: LED with complex surface lens LED
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated) Audi pre sense basic collision warning systemfeatures: seat belt activation
Driver and passenger knee airbags Front to rear curtain airbags
Anti-theft protection includes: interior monitoring Brake assist system
Audi Side Assist blind spot monitor 2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats

Specifications

Power: 220 hp @ 4,500 rpm; 258 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm Front and rear alloy wheels: 18"x 8.0"
Engine: 2.0L in-line four-cylinder with VVT Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 736 and all seats in place: 283
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,006, rear headroom (mm): 924, front hip room (mm): 1,453, rear hip room (mm): 1,423, front leg room (mm): 1,046, rear leg room (mm): 892, front shoulder room (mm): 1,392 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,345 Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,525 and Manufacturer’s own
Fuel tank: 55 litre capacity External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,456, overall width (mm): 1,796, overall height (mm): 1,416, wheelbase (mm): 2,637, front track (mm): 1,555, rear track (mm): 1,526 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,000

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Tires

Front and rear all-season tires 225/40/H

Miscellaneous

Warranty powertrain - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km Voice activating system; includes radio, phone and naviagtion system
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00 Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ Unlimited km
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 144 months/ Unlimited km Delivery/freight charge: $ 2,095.00

Road Test & Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro Technik Road Test Review

There’s only one better compact sport sedan in the premium sector than Audi’s A3, and that’s the same brand’s S3. Having already
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covered that sportier model in 2015 trim, I await a second turn at the wheel with eager anticipation, although another spin in the A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro is certainly a good way to wile away the time.

If you’re a fan of Audi’s big, bold grille, LED enhanced lighting elements and chiseled flanks, the new A3 sedan will certainly fit your preferred style. From the front and profile it looks just like most other Audi sedans, only smaller, while its blade-shaped taillights are uniquely elegant. My tester rode on a neat and clean set of simple silver 10-spoke alloys on 225/45R18 Continental ProContact all-seasons, while up top about two-thirds of the rooftop gets covered in black glass making it appear as if there’s a panoramic moonscape from below, but in
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reality it’s just a nice large sunroof shedding light on the front half of the passenger compartment.

On that note I love the A3’s minimalist interior, from the simple curved dash top to the TT-inspired aluminum-rimmed circular vents it’s a contemporary design buff’s practical dream car. A pop-up infotainment display can be hidden away when not needed, keeping the lines of the dash clean and uncluttered, all controlled by a perfectly symmetrical collection of buttons within easy reach on the lower console, these surrounding what might be the auto industry’s largest metal-edged rotating knob, complete with a shiny black top that allows touch-sensitive
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finger gestures. Back up on the stack, a beautifully simple thin strip of ancillary toggles sits just below the two centre vents, while an efficiently packaged dual-zone auto HVAC panel is housed underneath. Down on the lower console again, the layout of the gear selector, ignition button, audio volume dial, and the aforementioned MMI infotainment control panel is eye candy to design devotees and relief to those who suffer from OCD, the entire interior as well laid out and efficiently packaged as this class gets.

As far as perceived quality goes, or rather the touchy, feely sense of quality most premium
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badged cars exude, the A3’s dash top gets a higher grade of soft-touch synthetic than you’ll find in the majority of mainstream volume branded compacts, at least those that actually include pliable plastics, while this treatment extends down to the halfway point of the instrument panel, as well as over to the front and rear door uppers, also ending about halfway down the doors where harder plastics take over. This is par for the course amongst compact premium players, extended soft-touch not available until moving up into larger, pricier models. The A3’s materials quality plus fit and finish worked well for me, and I’m a stickler when it comes to such issues, while the switchgear was mostly tight, evenly spaced and well damped, again exuding that quality feel.

As you might expect, the A3 isn’t as roomy as Audi’s A4, but it was nevertheless amply
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large for my five-foot-eight frame. Granted I’m not a hulk of a man, nor is my 95-pound, five-foot-even partner an Amazon woman, but there was still much more room than we could use. It’s only when venturing into the rear seating area that larger folks might feel a bit cramped, as there was a mere inch above my head when sitting in back, albeit plenty of legroom.

This brings us to the trunk, which is quite sizable for such a small car. Audi claims 425 litres (15.0 cubic feet) with its rear seatbacks upright and 800 litres (28.2 cu ft) when they’re folded flat, which makes it the class leader by far. Those rear folding seats are split 60/40, while a large centre pass-through is ideal for multiple skis and poles when the outboard seats are in use, making it perfect for a fuel-efficient
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trip for four to your favourite slope, with the added confidence of Quattro to get you there safely. 

The A3 is only available with two gasoline-powered engines, the TDI diesel now on hiatus for an indeterminable time. The base 1.8-litre mill puts out impressive numbers for the car’s 1,440-kilo (3,174-lb) curb weight, with 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque allowing for a 7.7-second sprint to 100 km/h and a tire-regulated top speed of 209 km/h (130 mph), while my as-tested 2.0-litre TFSI is even more energetic
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thanks to 220 horsepower and a sizable 258 lb-ft of torque, good for a 6.3-second charge to 100 km/h and an identical terminal velocity. Both engines benefit from direct-injection and turbocharging, while a six-speed dual-clutch automated S tronic gearbox featuring manual-mode at the shift lever comes standard.

With Quattro all-wheel drive utilizing all four contact patches below, acceleration was brisk from standstill right up to highway speeds and beyond, while the little A3 loves to stretch its legs on the open road, more than easily keeping up with faster paced traffic and, admittedly, difficult to keep down to posted speeds. This is a car for those who really enjoy driving, although maybe I should reword what I just said,
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because if you currently don’t enjoy driving you should probably test out an A3 to see if it’s the process of hitting the road that leaves you flat or the vehicle you’re strapped into.

The A3’s heightened enjoyment factor is especially notable when the freeway turns to two-lane highway, or better yet, a two-lane back road winding its way down a rocky coastline or up through a mountain pass. Let’s remember that Audis hail from Ingolstadt, an area in Germany that’s not too far from Austria’s Alps (I made the trip from Salzburg in a quick afternoon, paid rest area biffy break included, albeit I hit 285 on some stretches while
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at the wheel of an A8 TDI), let alone roads that intertwine through Germany’s own Black Forest. I took opportunity to test the A3 Quattro’s handling mettle right here at home, and found it especially capable through high-speed fast-paced corners, its low mass and well sorted chassis ideal for slaloming through S-turns, diving deep down into sharply undulating verticals no matter the clip, with nice, crisp response to steering input and superb braking with very little fade after repeated stomps. The A3 is a thoroughly engaging car no matter the situation, the type of vehicle that gives its driver total confidence.

Priced at just $31,600 plus $2,095 for freight and pre-delivery prep, the A3 1.8 TFSI is a great value, although even at my 2.0 TFSI Quattro tester’s $36,400 price point it makes for a better deal than some rivals’ starting MSRPs. Both drivetrains can be had in base Komfort and mid-grade Progressiv trims, while opting for Technik
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trim also requires the larger 2.0 TFSI engine that comes standard with Quattro.

Komfort models include a lot of equipment such as auto on/off headlights with integrated DRLs, fog lamps, an electromechanical parking brake, partial leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat including four-way lumbar, heatable front seats, a rear load-through system, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone auto HVAC, a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, Audi’s MMI infotainment, AM/FM/CD audio with an aux plug, satellite radio, Bluetooth with streaming audio, that large sunroof mentioned earlier, 17-inch alloys and more. Its safety
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set includes the usual ABS-enhanced four-wheel discs with EBD and BA, plus traction and stability control, pre-sense basic crash response, plus the usual six airbags.

Mid-grade Progressiv trim increases the wheel and tire size to those 18s already noted, while adding the HID headlamps and LED daytime running lights that made my tester look so sharp, a set of LED taillights that deliver serious wow-factor at night, high-gloss window surrounds, aluminum doorsills, Mistral aluminum inlays inside, yet more aluminum trim, LED cabin lights, a powered front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Audi’s music interface, and more.

My tester was trimmed out in top-tier Technik guise, so access was via proximity-sensing
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keyless remote, both a reverse camera and navigation were added to the infotainment system, not to mention a crystal clear Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade, plus a colour multi-information display amid the primary gauges, Audi side assist to warn from approaching rear traffic that might be in your blind spot, plus front and rear parking sonar, altogether totaling a still reasonable $43,300.

Some features you might want to add on include three packages, the first being the $1,800 S line Sport Package that consists of some exterior styling enhancements, unique titanium-colour wheels, a sport suspension, driving mode selector, cool flat-bottomed steering wheel with a very nice set of alloy paddles, brushed aluminum trim, upgraded sport seats, a black headliner, upgraded doorsills with “S line” badging plus yet more S line badges; a $1,050 LED Lighting Package
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that adds (you guessed it) full LED headlamps with (you probably didn’t guess it) adaptive cornering; and lastly a $1,400 Technology Package that includes adaptive cruise control with “Stop & Go”, active lane assist, and Audi’s pre sense front accident avoidance system.

Standalone features in Technik trim include a set of $450 rear side airbags, $800 worth of 19-inch twin-spoke alloys (which first require the S line package), and three no-cost exterior colours plus seven metallic hues for $800, while the interior can be finished in standard Black, Chestnut Brown or Titanium Grey, all at no extra charge. Lastly, you can get your interior inlays finished in a 3D-look silver, also at no cost.

As
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you can likely now appreciate, you don’t have to move up in size to feel thoroughly pampered in an Audi, the little A3 Sedan exactly what the premium compact segment needed and thoroughly capable of making the rest of the four-ringed family proud. It’s got the looks, interior refinement, features, and performance to wear Audi’s badge with pride, and should be the first car you check out in your search for a compact luxury model.