Fun to drive, upscale, and attractive, the new 2017 Audi A3 should ultimately be your choice particularly if you are looking for a smaller crop of entry-level luxury cars. Some of the pros to expect include top crash test scores, lots of standard equipment levels, fuel-sipping and punchy engines, nimble handling, and superior cabin design and quality. Release date wise, we should expect the vehicle during next year’s January, according to very unswerving sources.
New add-ons for 2017 include the new “S” line style package, reshuffled equipment for the top-ranging trim. Additionally, washer nozzles, an aftview camera, and parking sensors are now standard across the entire trim lineup.
Despite the A3 marking its second year of production or its Cabriolet and compact sedan configuration, the honeymoon isn’t over. To start off with, the Audi A3 has a plethora of shoppers who have with time appreciated its modest pricing and dimensions. Also, it has managed to deliver authentic Audi style, performance and quality, and captured the essence of Audi brand unlike many entry-level luxury models over the years.
Still, there are some few downsides to owning one for yourself, but it all depends on your priorities. They include a cramped backseat, lack of a USB port, and a small trunk. However, if you can afford to live with those flipsides, there still exist much to be desired from the pint-sized Audi A3 for 2017 ranging from the peppy acceleration, sharp handling, to fuel-sipping engines, and well-appointed engines.
For those who will find the downsides much to risk for, other alternatives include 2017 BMW 320i, 2017 BMW 2 Series, Lexus IS 250 for 2016, 2017 Acura ILX, and its arch rival 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan.
Audi A3 – Available Trim Levels
The new and redesigned 2017 Audi A3 is available in three main trims: base Premium, mid-trim Premium Plus, and top-of-the-range Prestige trim. The new 2017 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is reviewed separately.
2017 Audi A3 Exterior Facelift & Interior Review
You’ll be able to get the new 2017 Audi A3 in two body configurations: either a two door Cabriolet (Convertible) with a power-folding fabric roof and a seating configuration for four people or a four-seat configured compact hatchback with a seating arrangement for five people.
The base 2017 Audi A3 1.8t Premium trim level comes standard with leather upholstery, HD radio, automatic climate control (dual-zone), adaptive cruise control, front and aft parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, 17” wheels, windshield-washer nozzles and heated mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, the MMI electronics interface, SD card slot and HD radio, satellite radio, 10-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, automatic xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and a four-way power front seat.
Moving up the trim ladder to the 2.0t Premium Plus trim gets you heated front seats, 18” wheels, Audi’s proprietary digital music interface, keyless entry and ignition, 18” wheels, an 8-way passenger seat, and four-way power lumbar.
Upgrading to the 2017 Audi A3 Prestige trim gets you a color trip computer, lane departure warning system, improved display, a forward collision warning system, power folding exterior mirrors, LED ambient lighting, mobile 4G LTE connectivity, a touch-sensitive controller, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a Google Earth imagery enabled navigation system, 14-speaker premium sound system, and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors.
2017 Audi A3 Engine Specs
An automated six-speed transmission system that works similarly to a regular automatic comes standard under the hood of every 2017 Audi A3. Buyers will have up to three engines to choose from: a 1.8 TFSI engine, a 2.0 TFSI (turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder) engine, and a 2.0L TDI Premium engine.
The 1.8 TFSI is good for 200 pounds of torque and 170 hp, the 2.0 TFSI is rated at 220 hp and 258 lbs. of torque, and lastly, the 2.0 diesel four-cylinder engine winds up the A3’s engine specs with its 150 hp and 236 pounds of torque power output.
According to Audi’s performance estimates, expect the 1.8-TFSI-equipped A3 to accelerate to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Fuel economy ratings stand at 23/34/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the TDI Sportback, and for the cabriolet expect 25/35/28 mpg.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Audi A3
According to credible online sources, purchasing the base 2017 Audi A3 will cost you an MSRP starting from $30,900. As for its release date, expect the A3 to be available for sale come June next year.