• 2015 Audi A3 2.0T test figures - Curb weight, 0-60, 1/4 mile, weight distribution, and skidpad

      Although the hatchback A3 models are not coming to the USA at this time Audi is bringing the third generation 8V A3 sedan to the United States. Audi thinks we hate hatchbacks here and considering the slow sales of the previous generation A3 it's hard to argue with them. Regardless, we are happy to have the new A3 which has been on sale since 2013 finally available in the United States as a 2015 model. MotorTrend got their hands on the 2015 A3 2.0T sedan to test and here are the results.


      Curb weight comes in at a not very light 3630 pounds although this is similar to the CLA250 curb weigh. That makes the car heavier than a BMW 3-Series when the A3 is positioned against the 1-Series, 2-Series, and Mercedes CLA. Weight distribution is typically nose heavy Audi at 54/46 front to rear.

      The motor for the 2.0T is Audi's well known turbo four-cylinder with an output of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Not exactly a powerhouse but Audi may be underrating it considering the 0-60 figure is 5.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile comes in at 14.0 @ 98.6. The dual clutch gearbox and all wheel drive definitely help as those are E36 M3 level figures.

      Handling is impressive with .92g pulled on the skidpad. The A3 is 91% of the A4's size but at a $33,795.00 base price it is $5 dollars cheaper than the A4 2.0T which starts at $33,800.00. Heh, did Audi think that pricing through?

      AudiBoost patiently awaits the S3 and RS3 models.

      2015 Audi A3 2.0T
      POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
      DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD
      ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, iron block/aluminum head
      VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
      DISPLACEMENT 120.1 cu in/1984 cc
      COMPRESSION RATIO 9.6:1
      POWER (SAE NET) 220 hp @ 4500 rpm
      TORQUE (SAE NET) 258 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
      REDLINE 6800 rpm
      WEIGHT TO POWER 16.5 lb/hp
      TRANSMISSION 6-speed twin-clutch auto
      AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.77:1 (1-4); 3.44:1 (5-6,R)/2.20:1
      SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
      STEERING RATIO 15.3:1
      TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.7
      BRAKES, F;R 12.3-in vented disc; 10.7-in disc, ABS
      WHEELS 8.0 x 18-in, cast aluminum
      TIRES 225/40R18 92Y Continental ContiSportContact 5
      DIMENSIONS
      WHEELBASE 103.8 in
      TRACK, F/R 61.2/60.1 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 175.4 x 70.0 x 55.7 in
      TURNING CIRCLE 36.1 ft
      CURB WEIGHT 3630 lb
      WEIGHT DIST., F/R 54/46%
      SEATING CAPACITY 5
      HEADROOM, F/R 36.5/36.1 in
      LEGROOM, F/R 41.2/35.1 in
      SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 54.8/53.0 in
      CARGO VOLUME 10.0 cu ft
      TEST DATA
      ACCELERATION TO MPH
      0-30 1.9 sec
      0-40 2.8
      0-50 3.9
      0-60 5.4
      0-70 7.1
      0-80 9.1
      0-90 11.5
      0-100 14.5
      PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.9
      QUARTER MILE 14.0 sec @ 98.6 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.92 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.6 sec @ 0.71 g (avg)
      TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1900 rpm
      CONSUMER INFO
      BASE PRICE $33,795
      PRICE AS TESTED $39,845
      STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes
      AIRBAGS Front, front side, f/r curtain
      BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/unlimited miles
      FUEL CAPACITY 14.5 gal
      EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 24/33/27 mpg
      ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY/COMB 140/102/123 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS, COMBINED 0.71 lb/mile
      REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 23/31/26 mpg
      RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium

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      Comments 8 Comments
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        I wonder if that means the A4 will have a serious price increase for the next generation?
        I love the DCT, but for $33k, I'd still take a A4 or G37x sedan over this.

        My cousin has the current A3. WAY too small in my opinion.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        They have the wrong base price. It is $32,900.

        You have to get the 1.8T if you want to start below $30k.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        They have the wrong base price. It is $32,900.

        You have to get the 1.8T if you want to start below $30k.
        You're right. But it's actually MotorTrend that picked the wrong one. Regardless, the difference is:

        A3 2.0T: $32,900
        A4 2.0T: $33,800

        The difference is $900.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        A4 can't stay where it is with this thing - pricing and size (and weight holy sh*t) don't make sense otherwise. Very nice entry level car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        A4 can't stay where it is with this thing - pricing and size (and weight holy sh*t) don't make sense otherwise. Very nice entry level car.
        Looks like the next gen A4 is going to move up in price and size quite a bit.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Looks like the next gen A4 is going to move up in price and size quite a bit.
        I'm thinking so. This thing is about B5-sized anyway. How much bigger are the W205/F30 than the B8? I didn't think really too much bigger if at all. Doesn't seem like there's much room to grow unless they want to push that segment up once again. Which would suck. We don't need an A4 the size of a D2 A8. This is getting stupid.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        I'm thinking so. This thing is about B5-sized anyway. How much bigger are the W205/F30 than the B8? I didn't think really too much bigger if at all. Doesn't seem like there's much room to grow unless they want to push that segment up once again. Which would suck. We don't need an A4 the size of a D2 A8. This is getting stupid.
        I agree but everyone is doing it. Then the A3 will baloon up and the A2 will take its spot. Then the A1. Then A0.5.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I agree but everyone is doing it. Then the A3 will baloon up and the A2 will take its spot. Then the A1. Then A0.5.
        We're gonna have to start using irrational numbers pretty soon...