Audi A3 Overview
Audi's A3 is a compelling entry-level luxury car, although it lacks some key features for its price. Based on the very good Volkswagen Golf, it is a solid, quiet, and nicely finished sedan, with a drum-tight body structure. The firm and controlled ride make it enjoyable to drive. Base front-wheel-drive models come with a 1.8-liter engine, which delivered a respectable 27 mpg in our tests. All-wheel-drive cars have a stronger, but less efficient, 2.0-liter engine. Major gripes include complicated controls and a very tight rear seat. A sporty S3 with a 292-hp 2.0-liter turbo, a 2.0-liter diesel, and convertible have been added, and a FWD hatchback will be available with diesel and hybrid powertrains in 2015.
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