Audi A3 Depreciation

An Audi A3 will depreciate 53% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $19,120.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year, and assumes a purchase price of $40,542 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Audi A3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $9,811 75.80% $30,731 13,500 2021
2 $13,026 67.87% $27,516 27,000 2022
3 $14,563 64.08% $25,979 40,500 2023
4 $18,844 53.52% $21,698 54,000 2024
5 $21,422 47.16% $19,120 67,500 2025
6 $24,216 40.27% $16,326 81,000 2026
7 $26,677 34.20% $13,865 94,500 2027
8 $28,120 30.64% $12,422 108,000 2028
9 $32,430 20.01% $8,112 121,500 2029
10 $33,350 17.74% $7,192 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $9,811 75.80% $30,731
2 $13,026 67.87% $27,516
3 $14,563 64.08% $25,979
4 $18,844 53.52% $21,698
5 $21,422 47.16% $19,120
6 $24,216 40.27% $16,326
7 $26,677 34.20% $13,865
8 $28,120 30.64% $12,422
9 $32,430 20.01% $8,112
10 $33,350 17.74% $7,192

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If you purchase a used Audi A3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $13,026 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $8,396. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used A3 models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy an Audi A3

The 2019 Audi A3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the A3. With the 2019, you would only pay, on average, 76% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the A3, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the A3's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Audi A3 models.

Audi A3 Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $40,542 $40,542 $251 $0 0% 100%
2019 $38,627 $29,583 $302 $10,959 27.03% 75.8% Best
2018 $35,223 $24,304 $397 $5,279 17.84% 67.87% Better
2017 $34,499 $22,647 $541 $1,657 6.82% 64.08% Good
2016 $33,510 $18,571 $635 $4,076 18% 53.52% Better
2015 $33,052 $16,415 $827 $2,156 11.61% 47.16% Good
2013 $28,043 $12,637 $1,343 $3,778 23.02% 40.27%
2012 $28,043 $11,043 $1,453 $1,594 12.61% 34.2%
2011 $28,043 $10,264 $1,672 $779 7.05% 30.64%
2010 $28,043 $7,332 $1,720 $2,932 28.57% 20.01%
2009 $30,830 $7,452 $1,983 +$120 -1.64% 17.74%
2008 $29,358 $6,891 $2,357 $561 7.53% 15.44%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $40,542 100%
2019 $29,583 75.8% Best
2018 $24,304 67.87% Better
2017 $22,647 64.08% Good
2016 $18,571 53.52% Better
2015 $16,415 47.16% Good
2013 $12,637 40.27%
2012 $11,043 34.2%
2011 $10,264 30.64%
2010 $7,332 20.01%
2009 $7,452 17.74%
2008 $6,891 15.44%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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