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Audi A3

Price $32,800 – $62,900
Fuel consumption 6.0 – 12.4 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 78%(view ratings)
The Audi A3 is proof that a luxury car doesn't have to be big. Although it’s based on the Volkswagen Golf, its design and interior finish stand out enough to give it a unique look. Available as a cabriolet, a sedan or a plug-in hybrid five-door hatchback (called the Sportback e-tron), the A3’s output ranges from 186 horsepower to nearly 400 horsepower (in the very sporty RS 3).

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First Drives2018 Audi RS 3: The Ultimate Sleeper
SALALAH, Oman – All right, boys and girls, here it is: your $60K-plus, all-wheel-drive, near-400 horsepower ultimate sleeper, the Audi RS 3. First, let’s get one thing out of the way. When they hear that you spent over sixty thousand dollars for what, to them , is basically a fancy …
Spotlight onAudi RS3 – On test this week.
We’re on our way to the city of Salalah in Oman for a first drive of the Audi RS3, due to hit Canadian showrooms later this year. The RS3 is basically A3 on steroids as it’s powered by the same 394-horsepower turbocharged 2,5 litre in-line five-cylinder engine that’s found under …
TechnologyAudi’s Virtual Cockpit Demystified
A few days ago, during our first test of the 2017 Audi A3 , we got the chance to catch up with Christoph Ullrich of Audi’s electrical and electronic department. The Audi virtual cockpit, an entirely digital information system projected in high definition directly in front of the driver, first …
First Drives2017 Audi A3: Good Stuff
Audi has just unveiled its 2017 A3. No major changes, just improvements here and there, but they are significant nonetheless There’s a new 2.0-litre engine and the Audi virtual cockpit. That alone is worth the trip to Germany for a test drive. Firstly, Audi has slightly updated the exterior of …
Spotlight on2017 Audi A3: We’re Driving It This Week!
Watching the evolution of the Audi A3 is tons of fun. This vehicle is constantly changing and there are of plenty of new features in store for 2017. First of all, Canadian dealers will be offering the A3 in sedan, cabriolet or Sportback (e-tron) form. For 2017, the vehicle’s designers …
First DrivesFirst Drive: 2017 Audi A3
Audi chose Munich as the global launch point for the refreshed A3 compact. It features a new front grille, smaller headlights and a new rear bumper and diffuser. It also gets Audi's virtual cockpit and is the first model to get the automaker's new emergency assist that will bring the …
Test Drives2015 Audi S3: Hero, Revisited
If there was one car that did more to change enthusiasts' impressions about Audi in North America, it was the B5-generation S4. At the beginning of the previous decade this four-door sedan (also available as a wagon) provided entry-level luxury shoppers with a genuinely sporty alternative to the BMW M3, …
First Drives2015 Audi A3 e-tron: Mastering electrons
Audi, the Ingolstadt-based automaker, has just released its first rechargeable hybrid in Europe. The Audi A3 e-tron will then makes its way to Canada by the summer of 2015. We travelled to Vienna, Austria, to meet this newcomer, which balances seemingly irreconcilable priorities: efficiency and driving pleasure. The A3 e-tron …

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NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. German automakers have historically been ahead of the curve when it comes to small luxury cars, so it’s no surprise if our Best Buy award for 2021 goes to the …
News2022 Audi S3 Gets More Power, Aggressive Styling
The next-generation 2022 Audi A3 , which we covered a couple of weeks ago and is scheduled to go on sale in North America in mid-2021, is now being followed by the sporty S3. The highlight, of course, is the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine now producing 306 horsepower and 295 …
NewsFully Redesigned 2022 Audi A3 Poised to Attract More Customers
As you may know, the fourth-generation Audi A3 didn’t get its big moment in the spotlight at the Geneva Auto Show back in March since the event was cancelled days before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the car was revealed online. The A3 is an important product for the …
New ModelsMeet Your New 2022 Audi A3 Sedan
Following the five-door A3 Sportback , it’s now the redesigned Audi A3 Sedan’s turn to hit the spotlight. Largely improved, this new generation of the small luxury car is expected to land in Canadian showrooms in the first half of next year. It’s safe to say the BMW 2 Series …
New ModelsRedesigned Audi A3 Looks Extremely Sharp for 2022
Nearly every Audi model has benefited from a substantial update lately, but the little A3 was still waiting for its turn. With the Geneva Auto Show cancelled due to the coronavirus, the brand unveiled the fourth generation online yesterday. For now, we only get to see the five-door A3 Sportback, …
Toronto2018 Audi SQ5, TT RS and RS 3: German Hot Rods in Toronto
Audi set up a high-performance display at this year’s Canadian International Auto Show with a muscular line-up of cars and SUVs. The 2018 Audi SQ5 is redesigned from the ground up, with a familiar style that’s edgier and shares a resemblance with the bigger Q7 SUV. Compared to the regular …
ParisAudi RS 3 Coming to Canada in Summer 2017
The new Audi RS 3 is one juiced-up machine. It’s powered by the same engine as the new 2018 Audi TT RS that we tested last week , namely a turbocharged, 2.5L five-cylinder that pumps out 394 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Fun fact: The new RS 3 won’t …
Los AngelesTo Hell With Diesel, Audi Takes The Electric Plunge In L.A.
In a bind with its diesel engine issues, the Volkswagen Group has no choice but to start a new “eco-friendly” project. While the Volkswagen brand showed off the Golf GTE, Audi is betting on electric power for its future products with two vehicles on display at the 2015 Los Angeles …

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Test Drive: 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the automaker's first foray into the hybrid market. "Where the A3 succeeds," according to Motoring TV's Graeme Fletcher, "is its total lack of compromise. "It rides and drives like a regular car in spite if its hybrid roots." And speaking of those hybrid …
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2015 Audi A3 Sneak Preview
The 2015 Audi A3 will only be previewed to the 2013 New York International Auto Show press, but that doesn't mean you can't get a sneak preview.