WASHINGTON -- Entry-level versions of Audi's 2017 A3 sedan and convertible get a new engine/transmission combo that offers more power and better fuel efficiency than their 2016 counterparts.
The front-wheel-drive A3s get a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine using a modified Miller combustion cycle. The engine replaces the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder used in fwd A3s. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission paired with the 2.0-liter is also new for 2017. Previous 1.8-liter A3s used a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Power increases to 186 hp and 221 pounds-feet of torque from 170 hp and 200 pounds-feet on the 2016 model.
The new combo yields an Audi-estimated 26 mpg city/35 highway under the EPA's test cycle. That's a 2 mpg gain in city driving from the outgoing 1.8-liter A3. Highway efficiency is unchanged.
The entry-level, fwd A3 starts at $32,150, including shipping, compared with $30,825 for the 2016 counterpart. The convertible starts at $38,550, including shipping.