The Audi A3 is a compact luxury sedan and convertible. It gets a minor exterior redesign for 2017, and several interior upgrades as well, including several new optional tech and safety features. With the small luxury car segment growing, the A3's 2017 tweaks should help it keep up with the rest of a very fast-moving group. The main updates focus on the front and rear ends. They give the A3 a cleaner, sportier appearance and bring it more aligned with the design of its larger sibling, the A4. Which some say they are starting to become difficult to tell apart. In the inside, the A3 gets a number of new optional features previously available only on Audi's more expensive full-size vehicles. Master among these is the Virtual Cockpit, which first appeared on the Audi TT in 2016 it replaces the typical dashboard lineup of gauges and readouts with a high-resolution digitized 12.3-inch color TFT screen, that can display a number of visual forms. Other new tech features are driver assistance systems like active lane assist, predictive pedestrian protection, traffic-jam assist, and emergency assist. All previously available on other Audi's full-size sedans but being offered on the A3 for the first time this year. As usual most of these systems will be available as options or as part of add-on packages. Additionally, Audi has restructured the menus for its MMI car management system. Navigation remains an option. The MMI and its array of buttons and dials are generally considered one of the easier systems for drivers to operate. As before, Audi offers the A3 in 3 trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. a 10-speaker audio system, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual climate control, and leather upholstery are among the standard features for the Premium. The Premium Plus adds aluminum-optic interior, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and an advanced key system. At the top of the line, the Prestige includes, a 14-speaker, 705-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system, upgraded MMI system, and a navigation system along with an S line exterior upgrade package. The Premium and Premium Plus ride on 17-inch wheels, while the Prestige gets 19-inch wheels. Power at the base comes from the 1.8-liter turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine that generates 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, while the available 2.0 TFSI 2.0-liter turbo produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both engines connect to a 6-speed S tronic transmission with a manual-shift mode. Audi limits top speed for both engines to 130 mph. Gas mileage estimate numbers for the 1.8T are at 23/33/27 mpg, while the 2.0T posts numbers of 24/33/27mpg. The convertible, referred to as Cabriolet, comes equipped with an acoustic folding roof, hat opens and closes in about 18 seconds. The top can be opened at the press of a button at speeds of up to 31 mph. All A3s come equipped with a full range of safety features, including knee airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. The IIHS named the A3 a Top Safety Pick for 2016.