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When shopping for a new luxury sedan, going cheap doesn’t have to mean giving up on features. With the entry-level 2023 Audi A3, both performance and technology come standard. Even better, there are plenty of luxury features baked into each model, regardless of trim. Here are four things that make the 2023 Audi A3 stand out.

The 2023 Audi A3 in blue
2023 Audi A3 | Audi

Excellent cabin comfort

The interior of the 2023 Audi A3 is one of our favorite things about the new luxury sedan. The seats standout compared to other vehicles in the compact luxury class. Well-bolstered and wrapped in leather at every trim, settling into the driver’s seat is never a chore. There are several power adjustments you can make to dial-in your ideal driving position as well. And with standard seat heaters, the new A3 doesn’t make you shell out extra cash for comfort.

2023 Audi A3 standard features

What is perhaps most impressive about the Audi A3 is the level of standard equipment that comes for the price. On any new Audi A3 model, three-zone climate control offers comfort for both front and rear-seat occupants. The new A3 also features leather upholstery and heated seats across the board. Finally, the digital instrument cluster and navigation are both standard features on all 2023 A3 models, per Car and Driver.

Engaging handling and performance

The experience of driving the 2023 Audi A3 is satisfying, even if it lacks the outright power of some competitors. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a strength, delivering 201 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It’s yet another iteration of the Volkswagen Group’s EA888 powerplant, and it serves up an excellent experience once again. In addition, that platform is one of the most reliable engines to feature in the Audi lineup. For that, the 2023 Audi A3 should prove to be a reliable cruiser for years down the line. Just don’t forget to keep up with your oil changes.

Interior photo of the new A3 sedan.
Interior of the 2023 Audi A3 | Audi

A wealth of technology

It’s wild to think that just a few years ago, anything more than infotainment screen was considered futuristic. In the 2023 Audi A3, digital displays make up most of your interface. The main screen is a 10.1-inch display complete with voice-activated capabilities. With it, you can control navigation, media, and even drive mode settings.

Sitting directly ahead of you in the Audi A3 is an additional 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Capable of showing you a wealth of information, it works with the main display to give you a wealth of information. You can even have a full-screen map view for easy navigation without taking your eyes far off the road.

That said, not the entire cabin is full of screens. In the A3, there is a healthy balance of physical buttons. This is a welcome sight after the screen-heavy Golf GTI and Golf R updates. The buttons are small and sleek, but make adjusting climate settings while driving easier than a display.

Is the 2023 Audi A3 a good buy?

With improvements to standard features and a reliable engine, the 2023 Audi A3 is a good choice for a luxury sedan. Comfortable and packed with tech, this compact luxury sedan provides good value for the price.

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