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BASE INVOICE
$25,361
BASE MSRP
$27,270
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In base form the 2011 Audi A3 comes better equipped than many hatches in its price range; but beware, options can drive the price past $40k.
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Behind the fold-down navigation screen there are also two SD card slots, a music source Audi has offered for years
CNET

$2,050 for the Audi navigation system (an argument for less-expensive aftermarket devices)
Fortune

keep your calculator handy when you’re checking those options boxes
Car and Driver

temperature control switches, which look like standard rotary dials but are in fact spring-loaded switches that adjust the temperature by either clicking once to go up or down one degree or by clicking and holding to scroll up or down several degrees
Motor Trend

The DVD-based navigation system is slow and tedious to use.
CNET

The 2011 Audi A3 has an equipment set that we'd best describe as being what "entry luxury" is all about. While it appeals to those who might look at a well-equipped Subaru WRX or Mazda3, it has a stronger feature set than those vehicles at about the same price. Fog lamps, automatic climate control, keyless entry, leather upholstery, and a 140-watt, ten-speaker sound system are all standard.

Premium Plus models are a step up and include xenon headlamps, larger alloy wheels, a power driver seat, steering-wheel audio controls, ambient LED lighting, and LED running lamps.

However, several tech features that are increasingly included on much more affordable cars—like a Bluetooth hands-free interface—remain optional on the A3. Bluetooth is offered as part of a $600 Bluetooth Value Package (that doesn't seem like value to us) on the base A3, though it's included in Premium Plus models. But otherwise the options list is very long, including a Sport Package that's more than appearance (it also includes a sport suspension) and an open-sky sunroof. But on top Premium Plus models, you can quickly load the A3 up past the $40k mark.

Option highlights include Bose premium sound, a navigation system, and an iPod integration kit.

Conclusion

In base form the 2011 Audi A3 comes better equipped than many hatches in its price range; but beware, options can drive the price past $40k.

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