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Audi A3
Audi A3
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Base MSRP price range:
$29,900 - $41,100
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Car Type: Luxury compact cars
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Audi A3 Overview

Audi's A3 makes a more compelling entry-level luxury car than most competitors, although it lacks some key features at its sub-$30,000 base price. Based on the very good Volkswagen Golf, the A3 comes mainly as a sedan, although a hatchback will be available with diesel and hybrid powertrains (only) and front-wheel drive in 2015. The A3 has a solid, quiet, and nicely finished cabin; a drum-tight body structure; a firm and controlled ride; and is enjoyable to drive. Base front-wheel-drive models come with a 1.8-liter engine; ours delivered a respectable but not outstanding 27 mpg. A3 Quattros come with a more powerful and 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.

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