2019 Audi A3 Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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As an luxury small car, the 2019 Audi A3 is notable for feeling sporty and performance-oriented. Often, luxury small cars are known for being comfortable and smooth, pleasant to ride. The 2019 Audi A3 feels powerful and quick, and it is loaded up with quite a few automated and technological features. It also has excellent gas mileage and plenty of interior space for its class.
The 2019 Audi A3 is the standard for an enjoyable and strong drive without reaching the price point of the most high-end performance cars. There are many different configurations and options to choose from, so it is not hard to narrow down to the orientation of A3 that will meet your needs the best.
What's new for 2019?
The current design of the Audi A3 originated in 2015. There is one set of changes that affects current buyers and another that involves redefining the A3 brand. That second aspect is that the hybrid model of the A3, the e-tron, is now discontinued. The first aspect is that some of the features that already existed in the 2019 Audi A3 have been moved around between the trim options.
There are two main styles available for the 2019 Audi A3. The baseline model is a sedan design, while the option is a convertible. Each one is available with optional all-wheel drive addons and a selection of five different trims. Both the sedan and the convertible have the same array of options and trims, so you will not be limiting yourself if you select one or the other.
The 2019 Audi A3 has a set of three fairly straightforward trims, and then a pair of two additional, high-performance trims that have substantial variation in design from the other three.
The first level of the 2019 Audi A3 is the Premium trim. The base engine, with front wheel drive, has 184 horsepower. It has plenty of luxury features, such as leather, a sunroof, an infotainment system, sound system, and driver-assistance tech. For all trims, there is an option to upgrade the engine to a larger 228-horsepower choice that also comes with all-wheel drive. This is called the Quattro system.
The second trim is the Premium Plus. The Plus includes everything from the Premium tier and rolls in a selection of more luxurious features, like wireless charging and an additional set of sensors and warning systems for surrounding traffic. In addition to the all-wheel drive addon, there is another set of options that upgrades the sound system and adds Audi's patented Virtual Cockpit suite of software and display elements.
The third trim is the Prestige. The Prestige includes everything from the lower trims and their packages, plus adaptive cruise control for automated highway driving and a parallel park assist upgrade.
All three of these trims have a convertible model that has the same features, but a soft folding top. These models tend to run about $6000 more relative to the sedan design.
The two performance trims are exclusive to the sedan style of the A3. The S3 is the first. It has an upgraded 288-horsepower engine and its own pair of Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The RS3 model only exists in one trim. It has a huge upgraded five-cylinder engine with 394 horsepower. It is the most expensive of all versions of the A3 and is fully committed to the idea of performance over all else.
The experience of driving the A3 depends somewhat on the trim level and engine, but it always has a distinct impression of power. It has tight, clean handling across any speed and in any context. Even with that power, however, it never loses the feeling of luxury. Taking it down to the beach with an open sunroof is an outstanding experience, especially with an upgraded sound system.
For riders, the drive is quiet and smooth. The weather packages make a large difference in warm or cold, so if you live in an area that has noticeable variations in temperature, then you should strongly consider them.
The A3 gets good gas mileage, which is slightly lower with all-wheel drive or with the heavier, boosted engines. The car gets up to 35 MPG for highway conditions and 26 for local ones. This is about the same as cars of the same size from other manufacturers. Both the sedan and the convertible get the same sort of mileage, so it is the trim levels that make the most difference.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Audi A3 invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Audi A3 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.