Following last year's announcement on the starting MSRP for the new Audi A3 sedan, Audi disclosed full pricing today for the two launch models of the series in the United States.
The 2.0-liter A3's price is just $900 less than the base A4 sedan ($33,800) with the same 220hp engine, but while the former comes with standard all-wheel drive quattro, the latter is front-wheel drive. If you want quattro and an automatic transmission on the A4 2.0 TFSI ($35,900), the difference climbs to $3,000. Audi's direct rival in this segment is the 208hp 2.0-liter turbo Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 that has a starting MSRP of $29,900.
Regardless of engine choice, a 6-speed S tronic automatic transmission comes as standard on the A3 as do leather seats, an MMI infotainment system, a panorama glass sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.
There are three trim levels beginning with the Premium and moving up to the Premium Plus that adds 18-inch alloy wheels, an aluminum interior package, and keyless entry for an additional $2,900, while at the top there's the Prestige Package that enhances the A3 with an S Line exterior kit, Driver Assistance package, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, MMI navigation plus, Audi Connect, Convenience package and full LED headlights for $8,800.
If these two versions don't do the trick for you, the A3 sedan will be joined later in 2014 by the A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, the S3 sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV).