Introduced in the 1990s in Europe and 2006 in the United States, the A3 is an entry-level Audi model for the North American market. Smaller and lighter than the A4, the 2018 Audi A3 delivers a strong appeal to buy a sports sedan or convertible. But despite this entry-level car, Audi does not cut its quality. The design and material of the cabin match to Audi high standards, which means everything fits perfectly, moving with precision, looks and feel of upscale.
The 2018 Audi A3 is offered in a two-door convertible (Cabriolet) and four-door sedan body styles. It sold in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
The 2018 Audi A3 comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive variants use a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. There only one engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 186 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque for front-wheel-drive models, while in all-wheel-drive variants it is tuned to generates 220 hp and 258 lb-ft.
In track testing, the 2018 Audi A3 sedan with AWD accelerated from zero to 60 mph in a quick 5.8 seconds, while the convertible needed 6.2 seconds. The EPA fuel economy for FWD A3 sedan at 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway), AWD versions achieve (27/24/31). The FWD convertible at 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) and (25/22/30) with all-wheel drive.