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Audi A3

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35 TFSI Premium Plus
  • 35 TFSI Premium Plus
    PetrolAutomatic 33,10,000
  • 35 TDI Premium Plus
    DieselAutomatic 34,91,000
  • 35 TFSI Technology
    PetrolAutomatic 35,10,000
  • 35 TDI Technology
    DieselAutomatic 36,69,000
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₹ 33.1 Lakhs
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Audi A3 Key Specifications

PriceRs. 33.1 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 20.37 kmpl
Engine 1968 cc
Transmission Automatic

A3 Price List

Audi A3 price starts at ₹ 33.1 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 36.69 Lakhs. Petrol A3 price starts at ₹ 33.1 Lakhs. Diesel A3 price starts at ₹ 34.91 Lakhs.

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Audi A3 Review

Premium compact sedans were unheard of when Audi India brought along the A3 in mid-2014. Sharing market space with a few luxury hatchbacks at the time, the A3 ticked most of the right boxes for first-time premium car buyers and came with a good mix of luxury and performance. Fast-forward three years and this segment has expanded somewhat, allowing Audi India to burst on to the scene again with the updated 2017 A3.

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What is it?

Premium compact sedans were unheard of when Audi India brought along the A3 in mid-2014. Sharing market space with a few luxury hatchbacks at the time, the A3 ticked most of the right boxes for first-time premium car buyers and came with a good mix of luxury and performance. Fast-forward three years and this segment has expanded somewhat, allowing Audi India to burst on to the scene again with the updated 2017 A3. 

We have already driven the A3 35 TFSI with the downsized 1.4-litre petrol motor (click here for our first impressions) and now it’s time to test out the 35 TDI variant featuring VW’s familiar 2-litre diesel engine. 

As is the case with its petrol-powered sibling, the minor design tweaks have brought the new A3 35 TDI in line with Audi’s latest sedan line-up. The single frame grille and the revised headlights for instance have been inspired from the new A4. The taillights, too, benefit from sharper detailing and Audi’s dynamic turn indicators. All in all, despite the lack of drastic design updates the A3 still looks the part. Whereas the Mercedes CLA is all about the curves and the flares, the A3 remains handsome but demure. 

How is it on the inside?

Inside, there’s no doubting the new A3 is among the better examples in the sub Rs 35-40 lakh price bracket. The interior remains thoroughly premium, with lovely black textures, lush leather and good quality materials. The design and layout is a little dull though when compared to the CLA which has a rather lively looking dual-tone cabin.

Upfront, the seats are superbly accommodating while the headroom and legroom is great, too. Space at the rear, however, is just about average for the class. An averaged size adult will find enough space with a bench that is well layered and has good contours. The only other grumble with the rear seating are the relatively small windows which may lessen the sense of airiness for some. Speaking of which, the A3 still fares better than the Mercedes CLA which has huge front seats and even smaller rear windows, making the rear half of the cabin quite confined. 

Both petrol and diesel variants come with the same set of equipment. In this top-spec variant, passenger entertainment comes in the form of a nice sounding audio system and a 7-inch retractable screen for the MMI infotainment system. You also get climate control, powered front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof. Interestingly, the 2017 A3 also comes with a wireless charging box for your smartphone. 

How does it drive?

The A3 35 TDI is powered by one of the most popular diesel engines around – a 2-litre, four-cylinder TDI unit that makes 141bhp and 320Nm of torque. It’s a sweet little engine that loves a good rev. Maximum power comes in at 3,500rpm while all that torque kicks in at 1,750rpm so there’s a good real world balance between the two, allowing the A3 to get up to speed effortlessly and keep it there. It may be a little noisy when worked hard but it never feels vibey or harsh. Like in the older car, there is more than sufficient pulling power, all of which is efficiently transferred to the road via a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. Like its petrol-powered counterpart, gearshifts are rapid and smooth on the go but the overall response is a little jerky at crawling speeds. Click here to know how the new 1.4-litre petrol motor performs in the A3 35 TFSI. 

It’s almost surprising how well the old A3 dealt with bad roads and yet offered great feedback and control over twisty roads. Fortunately, the 2017 model feels just as good. The body control, in fact, is generally taut and it remains a polished partner in crime when you want to drive spiritedly. Better still, it’s suspension does a great job of dealing with poor-quality roads, with the A3 never feeling crashy over sharper bumps and ruts. Even sharp-edged road joints fail to disrupt the car’s poise overall.

Should I buy one?

Average rear seat space and diminutive road presence limit the A3 from becoming the ultimate entry-level premium car. However, there is no questioning its list of abilities – it’s well made, rides brilliantly and handles better than similarly priced cars. What’s more, the 2-litre diesel motor is both punchy and frugal as ever and makes the A3 a more formidable package than its arch rival from Mercedes. 

Where does it fit in?

Until the much-awaited Q2 crossover comes along, the A3 stands as the most affordable offering from Audi India’s stable. The brand is due to launch the 2017 model which, in all probability, will carry a premium of around Rs 1-1.2 lakh over the outgoing A3 range. At that price, it will compete with the recently updated Mercedes CLA which is currently on sale as Mercedes India’s most affordable sedan offering. 

 

Pictures by Ameya Dandekar 

Click here to read our first drive review of the 2017 Audi A3 35 TFSI 

Click here to read our first drive review of the all-new Audi A4

 

 


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Audi A3 Colours

A3 is available/sold in the following colours in India.

* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

Audi A3 Mileage

Fuel TypeTransmissionEngine CapacityMileage
DieselAutomatic1968 cc20.37 kmpl

Audi A3 Expert Reviews

2017 Audi A3 35 TDI First Drive Review

2017 Audi A3 35 TDI First Drive Review

Premium compact sedans were unheard of when Audi India brought along the A3 in mid-2014. Sharing market space with a few luxury hatchbacks at the time, the A3 ticked most of the...

24 Feb 2017 by Sagar Bhanushali | Read more

Audi A3 User Reviews

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for Audi A3 on 30-Nov-2018 by Garvit yadav

That's a amazing car and looking this is so sexy and this engine is very very soft and about comforting this audi is more comfortable to another Firstly i thanks to carwale for...

Lucrative product

for Audi A3 on 11-Oct-2018 by Sohini

Awesome car with attractive features. Amazing experience while driving. It feels like flying .Fuel efficient & comfort back seat with huge variant in colors. The wheels are smoothy ...

Fantastic car for the first time luxury car buyer.

for Audi A3 on 08-Jan-2018 by M.K Banerjee

Fantastic Option for everyone. Elegant and sporty looks, definitely among the better looking cars in this segment. The interiors are also very spacious great for road trips with the...

Not Value for Money

for Audi A3 on 23-Aug-2017 by VEDANT JHUNJHUNWALA

Exterior: Looks are elegant and stylish. Brightness level of the Daytime Running Lamps could be stronger. LED Backlights and Design are nice. Interior (Features, Space &...

Audi India is cheating customers

for Audi A3 on 05-Jul-2017 by Jainesh shah

I had buy new A3 in April 2016 from Ahmedabad Audi showroom. But on rto book & on insurance later the manufacturing year was 2015. So they have give me previous year car without...

A3 Specifications Summary

Engines

1968 cc, Diesel, 141 bhp @ 3500 rpm power
1395 cc, Petrol, 148 bhp @ 5000 rpm power

Gearboxes

7-speed, Automatic, FWD

Seating Capacity

5 seater

Steering

Power steering

Audi A3 in News

New Audi A3 spotted on test looks sharp

New Audi A3 spotted on test looks sharp

We have caught the 2019 Audi A3 on test and it seems as if Audi has taken inspiration from the A1 for the newcomer.

29 Nov 2018 by Sagar Bhanushali | Read more

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Audi A3 Price in Popular Cities

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