Say goodbye to the base A3 1.8T, and hello to a new 2.0T.
A few months ago, Audi showed off the facelifted A3 model for 2017. Even though we have seen this new model inside and out, there was some uncertainty about the car's base engine. Audi has now confirmed that it will no longer offer the A3 1.8T. The base engine will be replaced by a detuned 2.0-liter engine which has 16 hp and 21 lb-ft of torque more than the old 1.8T. FWD models will also receive a new seven-speed dual-clutch engine. The engine produces 186 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque and can get the A3 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds.
Both the A3 Sedan and Cabriolet can also be optioned with the more powerful 2.0 TSFI engine with Quattro AWD and a six-speed dual-clutch. This more powerful model produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is unchanged from last year. The FWD A3 Sedan starts at $31,200 for the Premium trim, and goes up to $40,150 for the Prestige Trim. The Cabriolet starts at $37,600, and goes to $46,550 for the top trim model. This nice power increase makes the A3 a better competitor for the Mercedes CLA 250, which has 208 hp and FWD. The A3 just undercuts the CLA's price, which starts at $32,400.