2011 Audi A3 Values

Select a 2011 Audi A3 trim level

2011 model year changes

The biggest news for this year's A3 is a minor interior and exterior facelift, with a new single-frame grille element, high-gloss black B-columns, chrome trim on lower air inlets, chrome strips in door handles, new rear diffuser insert, and updated alloy wheel designs. Four new paint choices have also been added: Volcano Red, Dakota Gray, Amethyst Gray and Scuba Blue. The interior now sees a new gray instrument background, a revised flat-bottomed steering wheel and a new gear shift lever for the S tronic transmission.

Competitive comparison

Entry-level luxury; new diesel engine available; a small car with lots of utility

Special features for 2011

For drivers wanting utility and luxury in a smaller, greener package, the A3 fits the bill. The "Sportback" 5-door body style offers the spaciousness of an SUV on a platform shared with its Volkswagen cousins the Golf and Jetta. The TDI clean diesel engine is capable of 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA, but the direct-inject gasoline engine gets a none-too-shabby 28 mpg on the highway itself. High-end touches such as leather seating and a 10-speaker stereo are standard equipment on both trim levels.
The 2011Audi A3 continues as a 4-door hatchback, 5-passenger wagon with minor interior and exterior styling tweaks. Available with a 2.0-liter 200-hp Turbo I4 borrowed from the Volkswagen GTI or 2.0-liter Turbo-Diesel I4 with 140-hp, 236-lb ft tq, 6-speed automatic transmission and up to 30/42 mpg city/hwy. All A3s offer front-wheel drive or optional Quattro all-wheel drive. The A3 offers a fun-to-drive personality in a small wagon form factor, with features that include an open sky sunroof, Audi music interface, dual-zone climate control and LED turn signals. Competitors include Volvo V50 and Mini Cooper.