Audi's A3 is a compelling entry-level luxury car, but it lacks certain expected features for its price, and the interior, though well-made, feels austere.
It's solid and quiet, and has a drum-tight body structure.
Crisp handling and a firm, controlled ride make the A3 enjoyable to drive.
We tested it with the now-discontinued 1.8-liter engine, which delivered a respectable 27 mpg in our tests.
The cabin is quiet, and the front seats are comfortable and supportive.
The rear seat is tight.
It takes a bit of time to get used to the MMI infotainment system, but it ultimately proves to be logical.
It's easy to hit $40,000 with just a few options.
Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on all trims, but except on the sporty RS 3.