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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A3

Audi A3 2012

The A3 takes advantage of the return of consumers’ willingness to consider a hatchback, despite its unusual appearance. This model brings functionality and style together with a variety of optional features that have captured the market’s attention.

Key Features

Keyless entry, dual zone climate control, and Quattro all-wheel drive are some of the things that make this Audi a pleasure to operate. The fifth door and foldable seats allow for generous versatility in terms of cargo space, just in case you want to take that weekend away skiing.

Changes for 2012

The Audi A3 received an overhaul in 2009, and the 2012 model year remains virtually unchanged.

What We Like

The 4-wheel independent suspension makes for good control and the speed-sensitive steering system adds a level of communication between driving and vehicle that’s tough to beat. The interior feels luxurious as well as ergonomic and the controls are arranged in a user-friendly interface.

What Concerns Us

While the price point is certainly attractive for its class, the optional features and packages offered by Audi can quickly dig into your wallet for several thousand additional dollars.

Available Models

The A3 comes in several configurations, including:

2.0T Premium Manual Hatchback:

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder manual with 207 lb.-ft. torque, 200 HP, and 21/30 mpg

2.0T Premium Automatic Hatchback:

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder automatic with 207 lb.-ft. torque, 200 HP, and 22/28 mpg

2.0 TDI Premium Hatchback:

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel automated manual with 236 lb.-ft. torque, 140 HP, and 30/42 mpg

2.0T Premium Automatic AWD Hatchback:

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder with 207 lb.-ft. torque, 200 HP, and 21/28 mpg

Major Recalls

In October 2011 Volkswagen recalled certain A3 vehicles equipped with TDI diesel engines due to a problem with fuel injector line 2. This could result in a fuel leak, which in the presence of a spark could start a fire. The company issued a statement saying they would replace the injector line at no cost.

Common Issues

Several drivers have experienced the high pressure fuel pump malfunctioning while driving, resulting in metal being distributed throughout the entire fuel system. It is unclear whether this problem is related to the recall.

There have also been incidents of a fuse melting, causing an electrical issue. The same fuse was recalled on VW vehicles but no recall has been issued for that part on Audi vehicles that utilize the same fuse.

Audi A3 2012 Interior

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