The 2011 Audi A3
is a five-door hatchback that is affordable, yet sophisticated -- stylish, but still practical. Equipped as either a turbocharged four-cylinder gas motor or a diesel engine, the A3 offers three selections for transmission: a six-speed automatic, six-speed auto-clutch manual, or a six-speed manual. The A3 offers front wheel drive or Audi's quattro all-wheel drive.
While modest in its interior, the Audi A3's wagon utility is underscored by its boxy, square profile. Modest also are its standard safety features, however, the diesel does get a stunning 40 mpg, while the gas engine's EPA ratings are in the 22 city/28 mpg highway range. If you can't afford a higher end Audi, the 2011 A3 is a good starting point.
New for 2011
The 2011 Audi A3 now sports new chrome trim inside and out, along with two new wheel designs: one for the Premium trim and one for the Titanium Package. While Aruba Blue has been discontinued, it has been replaced with two new paint colors, Scuba Blue and Deep Sea Blue.
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 2.0L diesel I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed auto-clutch manual, 6-speed manual
Body style: Hatchback
Trims: Base Hatchback, TDI Hatchback
On the Outside
The exterior of the 2011 Audi A3 truncated hatchback body style is somewhat square and boxy without entirely giving up the Audi look. However, an optional sport package is available that spruces up the exterior with sporty wheels and Audi's trademark LEDs.
From the Inside
Leather and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard on the 2011 Audi A3 base trim, while a power driver's seat and multifunction steering wheel comes with the TDI trim level. For a bit more glamor, walnut inlays and a sunroof are optional.
With a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, which can be routed to the front wheels or all four wheels through Audi's quattro all-wheel drive, the 2011 Audi A3 offers either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Offered as an option is a 140-hp turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine with 236 lb-ft of torque available in front-wheel drive only and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. If you prefer sportier handling, sport package is also available.
On the 2011 Audi A3, front and side airbags for front-seat passengers and full-length side curtain airbags come standard, while rear-seat side airbags are optional. For additional safety, traction control and stability control are standard.
FWD Automatic: 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy
FWD Manual: 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
AWD: 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy
Diesel: 30 mpg city/42 mpg hwy
- Responsive handling
- Respectable fuel economy
- Rear-door access
- Cramped back seat
- One body style
- Costly options
- Small cargo area
A good way to get into an Audi
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