Overall premium feel; satisfying driving experience; respectable fuel consumption; impressive crash test performance; panoramic sunroof (for the sedan) and leather come as standard
Small trunk; dashboard seems sparse; options are pricey
The entry level Premium trim gains Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and a new design of 5-spoke/17-in alloy wheels. Premium Plus receives full LED headlights, wireless charging and a signal booster. The Prestige trim now has a self-steering parking system. Cabriolet (convertible) models get high-gloss aluminum window surrounds as standard. The optional Convenience package now includes blind spot monitoring, LED interior lighting and high-gloss aluminum window surrounds. The A3 E-tron Sportback plug-in hybrid hatchback has been discontinued.
Some things are too good to do without. The Virtual Cockpit is reason enough to get the Technology package that accompanies the Premium Plus trim. Buyers can make up their own minds if they want a metal roof or not. A new generation is expected for 2020.
The 2019 Audi A3 comes in Premium, Premium Plus or Prestige trims. Adding AWD and the more powerful engine costs around $3,000.
The 2.0T Premium ($33,495) has leather seating surfaces, 17-in alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof (sedan only, as the cabriolet has a power-folding fabric roof), an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, xenon headlights with LED running daytime lights and LED taillights, 60/40 split/folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors front and rear, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, forward-collision warning, a 7-in screen for the Multi-Media Interface (MMI), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, SD card slot, Bluetooth, a 9-speaker audio system and HD/satellite radio.
A Convenience package brings keyless/entry ignition, blind spot monitoring, LED interior lighting and high-gloss aluminum window surrounds.
The Premium Plus ($37,495) adds 18-in alloy wheels, full LED headlights, keyless entry/ignition, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a self-dimming rearview mirror, parking sensors front and rear, blind spot monitoring and the "S line" cosmetic package.
The Premium Plus trim level is eligible for an optional Technology package that brings active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, navigation, Audi's Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch configurable LCD screen replacing the traditional instrument cluster) and a Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade.
The Prestige ($42,695) comes with the Technology package's features as standard. Other equipment includes self-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, parking assistance, Wi-Fi, gesture control for the infotainment system and a 14-speaker/705-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The FWD 2019 A3 Cabriolet's prices go from $39,895 to $48,095.
A Sport package contains sport seats, Audi Drive Select (separate driving modes from Comfort to Sport) and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. A lowered sport suspension and rear-passenger thorax/side airbags are also available.
The sedan's trunk space measures 12.3 cu ft., although the AWD hardware knocks that down to 10 cu ft. That's still easily enough for a couple of golf bags. The cabriolet offers 9.9 cu ft. with the roof up or 7.1 cu ft. when it's folded away.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
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