Certified Pre-Owned 2012 AudiA3 2.0 TDI Premium Sportback

  • VIN: WAUBJAFM2CA132226
  • Stock: 12020G
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Audi A3
  • Carfax Free
59,400 miles
Fuel Economy
30.0/42.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Interior Color
Sportback/5 seats
6 speed automatic with auto-shift
FrontTrak front-wheel

Highlighted Features

  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Rear window wiper
  • Security system

Dealer Notes


Leather / Heated Seating 
4-New Tires 

2012 Audi A3

I cannot believe time flies by so quickly. My babies are now in second and fourth grades. Diapers are long gone; preschool is but a brief memory, and there’s not a wisp of baby fat anywhere on their lean bodies. And I can now drive a small car again.

Despite its small size, my whole family enjoyed the 2012 Audi A3 TDI; it was fun to ride in, even more fun to drive and handled most of our stuff.

The A3 is a small hatchback. The Colorado girl in me would require a ski rack, but all other day-to-day activities were handled with major zip.

The major zip is courtesy of a 2.0-liter clean diesel engine paired with a S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. I mention this piece of machinery because it’s amazing. When shifting, there is no lag and no kick — just seamless power. It’s quite addicting.

The 2012 Audi A3 has a starting MSRP of $27,270 for a gas-powered four-cylinder. My test car, an A3 TDI, starts at $30,250. Add in a navigation system and the Premium Plus, 18-inch Sport and Cold Weather packages (along with a couple other accessories) and my test car’s price zipped to $38,050.


The Audi A3 TDI looks like an itty-bitty wagon. It’s got four doors and a rear hatch, and it’s cute. But watch out, this car is faster than the toddler who you swore was here half a second ago.

The five-seat A3 is easy to get into and out of for everyone. It should be noted that there are some foot wells in the rear that will take some getting used to. The real hurdle will be for parents of kids who need help getting into their child-safety seats. Your backs may ache and your heads may be bonked due to the A3’s low door height, but keep your eyes on the horizon, my friends. Someday this will be a non-issue, but will you be able to hang in there with the A3 that long?

The cargo area is easy to access, and the hatch doesn’t go too high so it’s easy to reach when open — even for shorter folks. My son, age 10, actually liked opening and closing the hatch and loading and unloading stuff out of the back because it was so easy for him. The cargo floor’s height is perfect for him to load his own hockey bag in and out of the back. Hallelujah! The less I have to touch that thing, the better, and he only started playing a few months ago.

The A3 TDI has a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower and an awe-inspiring 236 pounds-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 30/42 mpg city/highway.


Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair
Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Groove-On


The A3 TDI’s interior feels like a cockpit because everything is close together, bolstered and dark. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it feels more sporty and enclosed than open and airy.

In the front, the center stack was simple to use, though the Multi Media Interface’s screen looked a little like it was added aftermarket because it was the only item that had polished black plastic. When I looked closely at the stereo system, I noticed there was no CD player. I mourned my advancing age and how technology confounds me; then I tuned in an AM radio station and moved on. Had I wanted to listen to my gadget though, it was easy to do by plugging it in using a USB cord in the glove box.

I liked how all the dials, knobs and switches felt solid and sturdy. The front row’s cupholders were smallish but usable. In the backseat, the cupholders popped out of the end of the armrest. This is not a new configuration from Audi and works fine for older kids, but if you have youngsters these cupholders may cause some frustration and may even get damaged as I’m not sure they would fare well over time in everyday battles.

I had plenty of legroom in the front row, and the kids were surprisingly comfortable in the back. The rear seats were deep, enabling families to be comfortable in the A3 despite its small size. There isn’t an abounding amount of rear legroom, though, so forward-facing child-safety seats are best for this car.


Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair
Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair


The 2012 Audi A3 has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A car must receive the top score of Good in front, side, rear and roof-strength crash tests to earn this safety nod. The A3 hasn’t been crash-tested by the federal government.

A3 has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the second row, and they’re some of the best anchors ever designed. They’re covered by removable plastic clips and sit in a perfect plastic housing — right out there for you to use with ease. That said, rear-facing convertibles and infant seats will be a stretch (or rather, a cram) for most. They will fit, but front seat space will be compromised. My 6-foot-tall husband was not on board with how far forward the seat had to be moved to accommodate the safety seats. I was OK in the driver’s seat, but I am 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Standard safety features in the A3 include front-wheel drive, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with traction control, active front head restraints and six airbags, including curtains for both rows. Rear seat side-impact airbags are optional.

Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Illuminated entry
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power windows
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • AM/FM radio: SIRIUS
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Diversity antenna
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers: 10
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power driver seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Rear seats: bench
  • Rear seats Folding position: fold forward seatback
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Compressor: intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration: I-4
  • Drive type: FrontTrak front-wheel
  • Engine liters: 2.0
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 30mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 42mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 14.6gal.
  • Horsepower: 140hp @ 4,200RPM
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Mode select transmission
  • Number of valves: 16
  • Recommended fuel: Diesel
  • Torque: 236 lb.-ft. @ 1,750RPM
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Power door mirrors
  • Rear cargo: liftgate
  • Spoiler
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 5
  • Compression ratio: 16.50 to 1
  • Curb weight: 1,505kg (3,318lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 81.0mm x 95.5mm (3.19" x 3.76")
  • Engine displacement: 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower: 140hp @ 4,200RPM
  • Engine torque: 236 lb.-ft. @ 1,750RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,765mm (69.5")
  • Exterior height: 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Exterior length: 4,293mm (169.0")
  • Front headroom: 999mm (39.3")
  • Front legroom: 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,382mm (54.4")
  • GVWR: 2,085kg (4,597lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 7
  • Interior cargo volume: 552 L (20 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 1,104 L (39 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 2,520L (89.0 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 500kg (1,102lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 937mm (36.9")
  • Rear legroom: 884mm (34.8")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,341mm (52.8")
  • Turning radius: 5.4m (17.6')
  • Wheelbase: 2,578mm (101.5")
  • Display: analog
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.6Out of 5
  • Good on gas, fun to drive

    By Tformers1 on Friday, April 13, 2012

    Bought this car used as my daily driver. its a fun car to drive the Fwd did great in pa 09-10 snow. I've been pulled over from other audi drivers to look at this car. I've added audi's ground effects kit and larger spoiler with audi's ECU upgrade ( done by audi with 4yr warranty) for better performance which has no turbo lag and better throttle response . Have had no issues since ive had the car but be prepared for the cost of owning ( ie; brakes, tires and overall upkeep) a german car. Overall a sporty,fun, nice interior and great handling car.
  • Amazing Vehicle

    By Russett_Runner on Sunday, September 06, 2009

    I've owned about a dozen cars so far, this A3 S-Line 3.2L is fantastic in every way. The performance of the engine is incredible, it's like driving a race car, and shifts the 250hp engine flawlessly. The styling and appearance is a thrill everytime I see the vehicle, Audi has the best design team. I really like the A3's size, its small enough to park in a snap, and steering radius is great to make quick U-turns or whip it around tight corners. It's large enough to take 4 on a weekend trip or lay down the seats and head to IKEA, capacity is surprisingly large. I didn't think I would like the OPEN SKY at first, but it's better than a convertable or moon-roof. The bluetooth lets me stay in touch, hands free, I just tell the car who to call for me, it's like having a digital assistant in the car. The gas milage is fantastic, I get about 25mpg, highway and around town. The ride is so smooth, it's very easy to speed by accident, and so amazingly quiet. The quality of the materials is second to none. When you close the door, you get this solid feel and sound, no expense in materials saved here, top notch. There is only one issue, because of the innovative gear system, when you put it in reverse it takes an extra second or so to shift gears, something to get used to when trying to park (backwards) in a hurry. When you test drive it park the car several times backward until you know exactly what I'm describing. Overall, this is an extremely high quality, super sporty, practical vehicle that has kept a smile on my face for nearly 2 years now. My highest recommendation.
  • Best car I've ever owned

    By D on Monday, September 03, 2007

    This is the best car I've every owned, and I've purchased more than 10 new vehicles in the past 20 years. The balance of styling, features, power, handling, and value is right on. I get over 25 MPG on my daily commute through San Jose, and as much as 30 MPG on long trips, yet there is always power when I need it. The 2.0T engine is superb-- lots of power, almost no turbo lag, quiet but with just a hint of that sweet turbo spool. Perfectly matched to the 6-speed manual. I did drive a DSG when mine was in for an oil change once, and found it very fun as well. I have 20k miles on it now, and I've had only one issue...a broken headrest adjuster button, which was promptly replaced. Fun, fun car, and well worth the price of admission.
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