The 2015 Audi A3 is one of the cheapest Audis on the market, putting up a very impressive fight against the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and Acura ILX. It offers an improved body design and a more spacious cabin to appeal to North American drivers. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is particularly impressive, being able to pump out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while offering a very decent fuel economy.
Rating: 9 / 10
The 2015 Audi A3 is a luxury-level sedan that tries its best to appeal to North American sensibilities by adopting slicker exterior design and a more spacious cabin. Its engine is nothing to sneeze at either, but this is an Audi we’re talking about, so that’s no surprise.
The biggest appeal of the new A3 is that it has completely ditched its hatchback trappings in favour of a more sedan-like appearance. This car was meant to compete against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and Acura ILX. On its slick and aerodynamic body, you’ll find standard bi-xenon headlights, a huge sunroof, integrated spoiler and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, which make even the cheapest model look fantastic. You can also get 18- and 19-inch wheel, if you so desire, though the latter won’t look too great with the car’s relatively slim body.
On side indie, you’ll discover a cleanly-designed and sporty cabin that looks just as good as anything else from this praiseworthy manufacturer. One gripe we have with this cabin is that the audio controls are a little hard to use due to the low placement of Audi’s MMI infotainment system.
And since the 2015 A3 is a small car, its cabin feels very intimate, but not overwhelmingly so. However, if you’re planning to drive three adults in the back, then you’d best find yourself a different car. Front seats are much roomier, so if you’re planning to drive an adult, you’re better off sitting them next to you. On the other hand, the cargo space is not bad, especially in the 1.8T trim, being 12.3 cubic feet large. The 2.0T trim has a smaller trunk that’s about 10 cubic feet in size. It’s not the biggest vehicle out there, but it does its job, especially if you compare it to something as tiny as the Volkswagen Golf (A3’s former competitor).
Under the hood, the new Audi A3 offers two very decent engines. The 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder can generate 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, while offering above-average fuel economy – though you’ll still spend plenty of money on gas since this car required premium fuel. The engine’s EPA ratings are 10.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Interestingly enough, the optional 2.0-litre four-cylinder carries nearly identical ratings, while being able to pump out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Because of that, we recommend this engine over the 1.8-litre variant.
Overall, the 2015 Audi A3 is a phenomenal car, providing plenty of quality for a relatively low price. So, if you’ve been looking for a “cheap” luxury sedan, then you can’t go wrong with this one.
2015 Audi A3
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Rating: 9 / 10
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|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
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It turns out pairing a turbocharged engine with a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission is a good idea. Powered by either the 1.8-liter or the optional 2.0-liter, the A3 sedan pulls with welcome gusto. Strangely, the more-powerful all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter A3 is rated one mpg higher in city driving than the 1.8-liter. We're not sure how the heavier, quicker car could possibly be more efficient, but feel free to use that fact as justification for your speed lust. The 2.0-liter's supposed efficiency advantage should also serve as consolation for cold-weather Audi A3 buyers who are forced to pay for more power just to get all-wheel drive. Note: everyone has to pay extra at the pump, as premium fuel is required.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
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The mildly luxurious, tech-laden interior fares better, except for the dash's overlarge expanse of soft black plastic, which recalls the rim of a flying saucer from planet Hyundai. An available Aluminum Style package stripes the doors and dash with a trompe l'oeil panel effect and includes knurled metal surrounds on vents. A pinkie-thin display screen rises from the dash to brighten the minimalist scheme. It is brimming with features from Audi's latest, blazing-fast MMI system, including a drawing pad, 3D animations, and -- via an AT&T-based Audi Connect system -- the industry's first 4G LTE cellular connection. The upgradeable, app-loving Audi Connect lets users stream video, link smartphones to the car's data plan and powerful onboard antennae, and perform cool functions such as Picture Navigation: Use a photo via the onboard Google Street View, or have a friend send a snapshot, and the nav system can set a destination based on the photo's geo-coordinates. It's the perfect stalking tool for the Instagram generation. For the first time, the MMI system incorporates useful console toggles, rather than hard keys, to select main functions.
The back seat ekes out reasonable space for a pair of taller adults, with a half-inch more headroom than the slope-roofed CLA. Inboard B-pillars are scalloped within footwells to help backseat Bigfoots climb out. Because its airy sunroof, leather trim, and Xenon headlamps are standard, Audi claims a $3,000 price edge over a comparable CLA250. And yet, you can't get a backup camera.
Originally appeared on Automobile Mag.
The 2015 Audi A3 has all the standard safety features that you’d expect to see in a small, premium-brand sedan; and just like most vehicles in this class, there’s room to spend more on active-safety options that might help you avoid an accident altogether.
Audi says it's maximized interior space and boosted crash performance by moving the front wheels forward by about 1.5 inches. The A3 doesn't rely on body along to protect passengers, though: it has pre-collision restraint preparation (as part of a system called pre sense basic), simulated torque vectoring on the front wheels via its anti-lock brakes, and a passel of optional safety technology, including blind spot monitors and adaptive cruise control that maintains a traffic crawl with a tap of the cruise's resume button.
Add the Advanced Technology package, and you add active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
Since the A3 is an all-new model, there aren’t yet any safety results from either of the U.S. agencies that conduct crash-testing. Audi expects to have IIHS Top Safety Pick+ results, however, and we’ll update this section as soon as that’s confirmed.
Originally appeared on The Car Connection.
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