Small luxury car: Audi A3

5 small, eco-friendly luxury cars
  • Audi A3

  • Starting price: $27,270
  • Fuel economy: 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
  • Engine specifications: 2 liter, four cylinder

The 2012 Audi A3 model is available with a gasoline (2.0T) or diesel fuel engine (TDI).

The gasoline version of this luxury car uses premium fuel and gets a respectable 30 mpg highway, but the TDI "clean diesel" model reaches 42 mpg highway. Such engines run on an ultralow-sulfur version of diesel fuel and produce less pollution.

The Audi A3 comes standard with a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty plan and roadside assistance for four years. In addition, it has front-wheel drive, comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and goes from zero to 60 mpg in 7.1 seconds. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

This small luxury car aims to please music lovers. It comes equipped with a CD player with MP3 playback capability, auxiliary input jack, speed-dependent volume control and a three-month trial subscription to Sirius XM radio.

If that doesn't work, file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Consumers receive a tracking number after submitting a complaint to check its status on the CFPB website.



Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us

Get cost-cutting tips for buying, selling and maintaining your wheels. Delivered monthly.

Partner Center


Tara Baukus Mello

Diesel car sales grow

While gas prices have dropped dramatically, the sales of diesel cars has continued to grow, rising 13.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, according to the latest data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum.  ... Read more

Connect with us