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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Audi A3 40 TFSI quattro

Vehicle Type: Small Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 10

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $35,900
Price as Tested: $42,490

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.5
EPA City mpg28
EPA Highway mpg36
EPA Combined mpg31
with specific headlights

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

Completely redesigned for 2022 after taking the 2021 model year off, Audi’s A3 compact luxury sedan provides a great balance of good looks, spirited driving, and abundant tech, safety, and convenience features at a reasonable price. Both the A3’s exterior and interior are subtly stylish and refined - no oversize grilles or low-rent hard plastic for this car. Front cabin room is good, as are fit, finish, and quality of materials throughout. The A3’s driving experience doesn’t disappoint, either, with responsive steering and a tight suspension. Ride quality is on the firm side, however, and although overall power is good, throttle response is slow and the distinction between drive modes is minimal. The A3’s powertrain is supplemented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which increases power, smooths stop-start transitions, and improves fuel economy (30 mpg in combined driving). Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option. Even the base Premium trim is loaded with standard safety, tech, and convenience features: leather seating, LED headlights with auto high beams, a fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, 3-zone climate control, and much more. So what does the A3 give up? Getting in and out of the backseat is a chore, and once passengers get there, they’ll find that headroom and legroom are tight. Rear visibility could use improvement, too, and cabin storage cubbies are lacking.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Stylish exterior and interior
  • • Responsive handling, sporty suspension
  • • Plenty of standard tech and convenience features
  • • 48 mild-hybrid system improves performance

Weak Points

  • • Hard to enter/exit backseat
  • • Cramped rear headroom and legroom
  • • Poor rear visibility
  • • Lack of storage options

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3480.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 176.9 / 71.5 / 56.2
Wheelbase (in): 103.5
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P Zero
Front and rear tire size: 225/40 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 7-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 TFSI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 201 @ 5,000

Test Data

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Handling: 7.87
Quality and Drivability: 7.00

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