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With the launch of the all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan now out of the way, Audi can get ready to start selling some more exciting versions of its entry-level car. Before they put the gasoline A3 sedans on sale this summer, Audi announced the starting prices for the 2015 Audi A3 TDI (diesel) sedan, 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet and 2015 Audi S3 sedan.
As we still wait for pricing and availability for the upcoming S3 Cabriolet and A3 Sportback, the S3 sedan currently stands as the highest priced variant of the 2015 Audi A3 lineup. Starting at $41,100, the 2015 Audi A3 demands a big price for a little sedan, but the 292-hp S3 sedan does represent a significant value compared to its closest rival, the $47,450 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.
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If you’re looking for a different type of excitement, the 2015 A3 Cabriolet will go on sale around the same time as the S3 sedan with a starting price of $35,600. This price is for the front-wheel-drive model with the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, but those demanding better performance will be able to opt for the bigger 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system starting $38,600 – these prices are a $5,700 premium over the comparable A3 sedan variants starting at $29,900 for the 1.8T FWD and $32,900 for the 2.0T quattro.
BMW has yet to officially announce its 2 Series Convertible, but the drop-top BMW will likely be priced higher than the base A3 Cabriolet considering the current 2 Series Coupe starts at $32,100.
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Finally, the diesel-powered 2015 Audi A3 TDI will start at $32,600, which puts it just $550 more than the Lexus CT200h. Although official EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers haven't yet been announced, the A3 TDI should return some impressive figures while being a more fun and engaging alternative to the Lexus hybrid hatchback.