2016 Audi A3 release date, specs, price, review – The release of the new Audi A3 model for the 2016 model year represents a variety of body styles that can battle the sturdiest of the competitions available on the current market. The small luxury segment now has another contender in the making as the A3 comes fully updated with some new powertrain options and redesign that will help reshape the car’s image.

2016 Audi A3 specs

The small car segment is rapidly rising and the market will soon become congested with these types of vehicles. As there are so many contenders and there are various options up for grabs, the automakers need to come up with something extraordinary to battle the competition. To fight for your affection Audi has come up with its newest 2016 A3 model that is very promising. Although it is not a small car by no means it still registers in this segment and represents the best option Audi has put out for years.
2016 Audi A3 front yellow
The Audi A3 has only been available in its hatchback for till now. But for the 2016 year there are some innovations and many more options that come available for the car. First of all, the hatchback does make a comeback but will be supported with a sedan version as well. An interesting new arrival is called the Sportback, but will only be available as a limited-run e-tron plug-in hybrid, but it is a five door option. The fans will surely be the most excited with the addition of a convertible Cabriolet option that is also available, and if you want to find out the specs and the price rating for them, continue on reading the review for more info.

Engine Specs

The 2016 Audi A3 will come equipped with a Front-wheel-drive 1.8T model 1.8 liter engine that makes 170-horsepower. The 2.0T quattro models will come available with an all-wheel drive and use a 2.0-liter engine that can go 220-hp with direct fuel injection that adds 1,600-rpm torque.  Both of these gasoline engine options come combined with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.

The 2016 Audi A3 TDI sedan version will use a a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine which is able to produce 236 lb-ft of torque and will have also the dual-clutch gearbox offered with an all-wheel drive additionally. The S3 edition will use the 2.0-liter turbo four engine that provides 296 horsepower, and can achieve 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds.

Exterior Redesign

2016 Audi A3 exterior silver color
The new 2016 model Audi A3 will have a similar size as its pretending A4 Sedan option. The profile and the proportions are virtually the same but there are other innovations that also differ depending on the style of the car. But all in all, the design is handsome both inside and out and this time it has a somewhat sporty tone that might be found appealing by some. What will be more than appreciated for a vehicle in the small luxury market are the additions that this Audi has incorporated. The new roofline with a gentle roll, the emphatic spare grille as well as the newly shaped LED lights that are new for the car. The sheet metal has also gained a lot of attention and if you look at it close you will see the remodeling of the surface with subtle contours around the fenders and harp beltline crease bellow the door line. Also you will notice an unusual angel to the car as the rear pillars put the profile a bit down. The car will be available in many different colors.
The Cabriolet option has a similar styling but with some distinguishable features that greatly differentiate it from the Sedan model. Firstly, it looks more sporty and less-pedestrian like while it adds a nice soft top which can be viewed as both stylish and interesting looking at the same time.  It has an attractive aluminum-look trim which provides it with a lot of style and this look is also seen in the A5 convertible version as well. The Sportback version actually has a more European look to it, with a nicely canted hatch and very beautiful wraparound lighting in the back.

Interior Changes – 2016 Audi A3

2016 Audi A3 interior dashboard
The interior has been changed and remodeled considerably, providing a new aesthetic look for the car on the inside. The previous models incorporated a complicated look which resulted in a very cluttered dashboard and control pane. This time we get a horizontal design which is dominated by round vents. High in the center of it you will also notice a screen up which is the newest addition to the design and also something that enhances the infotainment properties of the car. The climate control knobs are placed separately from the hooded gauge cluster and it enables you to control everything freely and have no troubles with the usage of the inside.
The look is new but perhaps too new. It means that it has been made as if too much effort was added. The interior in the design sense is a bit too cluttered as it has some peculiar finishes that do not fit well. Trying too much and trying to fit in too much can sometimes result with a not so positive results. Shimmering chrome rings around the climate vents  are too much and need to bit toned down a bit. Some features and some parts look too distracting and is better to keep them clean and not to cause too great of a mess like this.
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2016 Audi A3 Release Date & Price

The release date is scheduled for the 2016 Audi A3 to appear during the beginning of the next year. But the price rating are already out and the 1.8T starts at $30,900 base MSRP. The TDI model  comes at $33,200 while  2.0T quattro model starts at $34,200. The Cabriolet version has a price tag of $36,600 for the front-drive 1.8T and $39,600 for the quattro 2.0T model.