2016 Audi A3 – Release Date, News and Rumors

2016 Audi A3 Release Date, Price, Specs, Interior – Coming new for 2016 Audi A3 will be parking sensors, a rear view camera, washer nozzles and heated mirrors as standard, while the features on higher variants will remain subtly reshuffled. Also, there is a new “S line” style packaging that will adorn A3’s appearance.

2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet-exterior, silver color, side view, alloy wheels

The new A3 will mark the 2nd year of production for Audi’s soft-top convertible and compact sedan, however, the honeymoon is rather far from over. Just like the original A4 in the ‘90s, the pint size A3 has certainly cemented its market share by shoppers who appreciate its modest pricing and dimensions.

2016 Audi A3
2016 Audi A3

The A3 has been able to apprehend the spirit of the brand, consequently delivering dependable Audi style, performance and quality despite its cost factor. In fact, the only setback of the Audi’s A3 would be the limited cargo and passenger space, which is inexorable for a car of this size. In case you have rear passengers or/and massive loads to haul, you will most certainly find the backseat and truck rather underwhelming,

2016 Audi A3 side angle, red color, alloy wheels

But in case you find your way over those shortcomings, you won’t find anything else to nag about. From its peppy acceleration to its sharp handling and strong fuel economy, the A3 has lots of things that it can offer, even if you are unable to afford some of the costly Audi’s offerings. In overall, the A3 sedan’s primary competitor would be the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan. Other notable new entries include the 2016 Acura ILX and the 2016 Buick Verano.

Exterior Changes & Interior Photos – 2016 Audi A3

First things first, the new 2016 Audi A3 is a 4-door compact sedan with a seating configuration of five people or a 2-door Cabriolet with a seating configuration of four adults. There are three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and the top of the range Prestige model. The trim levels for both the sedan and convertible are basically the same.

2016 Audi A3 front
2016 Audi A3 front

The base Premium level will come with the following: automatic xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors and windshield-washer nozzles, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar ( for the sedan only), a panoramic sunroof (sedan), leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, the MMI electronics interface, a 10-speaker sound system with a satellite radio, CD player, HD radio and an SD card slot and dual-zone automatic climate control.

2016 Audi A3 back
2016 Audi A3 back

The mid-trim Premium Plus model adds 18-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry and ignition, Audi’s proprietary digital music interface, an eight-way power passenger seat with four-way power lumbar (exclusive for the sedan only) and heated front seats.

2016 Audi A3 interior, rear seats

Last but not least is the Prestige trim level which will add an “S line” exterior appearance package, power-folding exterior mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, an LED Lighting package (including LED headlights and LED ambient interior lighting), adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system, lane-keeping assist, and a Technology package (including a color trip computer, mobile-app integration, mobile 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot capability, an upgraded MMI system with an improved display and a touch-sensitive controller, a navigation system with Google Earth imagery, voice controls, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and lane-departure warning.

2016 Audi A3 interior
2016 Audi A3 interior

For the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, there will be the Sport package available that adds front sport seats, a lowered sport suspension, adjustable vehicle settings (Drive Select) and steering wheel shift paddles, while the sport suspension will be available separately on all the trims. Available as stand-alone options on the base Premium variant are keyless entry and ignition, the Audi music interface (with iPod cable), heated front seats, and 18” wheels.

2016 Audi A3 trunk, cargo space

Engine Specs – Audi A3 2016

All of the above mentioned trim models will come with a standard 6-speed automated manual transmission system that operates just like a conventional auto. There will be three available engines to choose from: the base model will feature a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder.

The other engine to be offered will be a 2.0 TFSI, while lastly, there will be a turbocharged 2L diesel 4-cylinder. The base 1.8 TFSI is capable of yielding about 170 hp and 200 pounds of torque, while the 2.0 TFSI is capable of pumping out 220 hp and 258 pounds of torque. Lastly, the 2.0 TDI engine winds up with 150 hp and 236 pounds of torque.

2016 Audi A3 engine

The 1.8 TFSI engine is the standard engine for both the Cabriolet and sportback sedan and comes solely with a FWD. Audi estimates this engines to sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.2 sec with the sedan and 0.2 sec more with the convertible. EPA estimates the sedan to have a fuel return of 23/33/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined and 24/35/28 mpg for the convertible.


Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length: 14 ft. 7.4 in. (175.4 in.)
Width: 77.2 in
Passenger volume: 79 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3634 lb
Top Speed: 126 mph
0-60: 5.7 sec
MPG: 23/34 mpg city/highway
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Red , Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic, Ibis White,Mythos Black Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Price & Sportback Release Date for the New 2016 Audi A3

The base Audi A3 TDI Sportback will cost as much as $33,500 and it is something that should be improved on. We should expect the new hatchback to arrive in dealerships this summer.

2016 Audi A3 release date
2016 Audi A3 release date

Incoming search terms:




Published by


Hello guys! My name is Karl and I'm an car enthusiast. I hope you enjoy my articles.