The Audi A3 is more powerful and more efficient than ever thanks to a new 2.0-liter base engine.
Gone is the lowly 1.8-liter turbocharged engine previously found on the Audi A3, and in its place is a more powerful, more efficient 2.0-liter TFSI. The new engine, producing 16 more horsepower (11 kilowatts) and 21 more pound-feet (28 newton-meter) of torque over the outgoing version, will be introduced for the 2017 model year.
Paired to a new seven-speed S Tronic transmission, the 2.0-liter TFSI produces a total of 186 horsepower (138 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (299 newton-meters) of torque, able to propel the front-wheel-drive sedan to 60 mph (96 kmh) in just 6.6 seconds. But with new power also comes new efficiency — a return of 29 mpg combined represents an increase of two mpg over the outgoing model.
Along with a new engine, the Audi A3 range will get a few minor adjustments to the exterior, including a new headlight design and updated cues to the fascia. The most noticeable refreshment will be a wider ‘Singleframe’ grille that gives it a more aggressive feel, so says Audi.
The base A3 Premium front-wheel-drive model will now have a starting price of $31,200 for the coupe, and $37,600 for the cabriolet, not including the $950 destination.
Opt for the higher-trim A3, though (Premium Plus and Prestige), and a more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI Quattro presents itself, sending 220 horsepower (164 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (newton-meters) of torque to all four wheels through a six-speed S Tronic gearbox.
The Premium Plus represents a healthy $3,250 increase over the base model at $34,450 for the coupe, and $40,850 for the cabriolet. For the top-of-the-range Prestige edition (not including the S3 and RS3), you’ll be staring down the barrel of a $40,150 price tag for the coupe, and $46,550 for the cabriolet. Destination not included.