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What We of the 2012 Audi A3

The 2012 A3 is a fine entry-level luxury with the added benefit of utility. Just be careful the pricey options.

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The 2012 Audi A3 remains unchanged.


As the old adage You can’t please all the people all the But that doesn’t mean you try. In this vein, the Audi A3 has the potential to appeal to a wide and diverse set of car buyers.

As entry-level model, it offers sensibilities, a dash of athleticism and a promise of eco-friendliness.

The A3 maintains a amount of luxury and style Audi is known for, to an upscale and classy-looking interior. also versatile thanks to its design that provides cargo space than the sedan. The A3 isn’t nearly as as a small luxury crossover SUV Audi’s Q5, for instance), but it counters much more lively

The Audi A3 comes with one of two Audi’s (and parent Volkswagen’s) familiar and sprightly turbocharged inline-4 or a 2.0-liter TDI The TDI isn’t nearly as quick, but it with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg in driving. One downside, however, is Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive is not available with the TDI — to consider if you live in an area to inclement weather or if road-holding is a priority.

These days, luxury wagons and hatchbacks are few and far The most notable competitors to the A3 are the TSX Sport Wagon and the Lexus CT The TSX is more family-friendly thanks to its rear seat, while the being a hybrid, is the most of the group. Savvy shoppers who require a luxury nameplate check out the Volkswagen Jetta as it shares much of the A3’s and offers a lot more cargo

But overall, the 2012 Audi A3 is a choice that should plenty of people most of the

Body Styles, Trim and Options

The 2012 Audi A3 is a hatchback offered in two trims: and Premium Plus.

Standard on the Premium includes 17-inch wheels, foglights, cruise dual-zone automatic climate a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, upholstery and a 10-speaker sound with CD player, satellite and an auxiliary audio jack. The Value package adds an power driver seat four-way lumbar adjustment), a steering wheel and Bluetooth.

The Plus comes standard the Bluetooth Value package and different wheels, xenon LED running lights, steering shift paddles (with transmission) and aluminum interior The Audi Navigation System package adds a navigation a dash-mounted Audi Multi Interface (MMI) and the choice of a six-CD changer or an iPod The Convenience package adds headlights, automatic wipers, parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror and a Bose premium system.

Optional on both cars is the Weather package, which heated front seats, mirrors and heated windshield nozzles. Also available are a sunroof, rear side and a Sport package that 18-inch wheels, summer a sport-tuned suspension and sport The Titanium Sport package on the Premium Plus) adds exterior and interior trim to the package.

Powertrains and Performance

The Audi A3 is available with a gasoline (2.0T) or a diesel engine. The A3 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of Front-wheel drive is standard, as is a manual transmission, but a six-speed automated manual transmission as S tronic) is available.

With drive, S tronic is standard.

In testing, an A3 2.0T with the manual went from to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds — a reasonably time among similarly entry-level luxury cars. fuel economy is 21 mpg city/30 mpg and 24 mpg combined with the manual, and with S tronic. Adding drive drops mileage by 1 mpg in the city.

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The A3 TDI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 140 hp and 236 of torque. S tronic is standard, but drive is not offered. Audi a 0-60 time of 8.9 seconds, is on the slow side, but fuel is exceptional, with estimates of

The 2012 Audi A3 comes with front-seat side full-length side curtain whiplash-reducing front headrests, brakes and stability control. side airbags are optional.

In brake testing, an A3 2.0T the Sport package came to a from 60 mph in a very short 107 In crash testing conducted by the Institute for Highway Safety, the A3 the best rating of Good in the side and roof strength

Interior Design and Special

Just as with other interiors, the A3’s cabin an understated and classy design For the most part, materials are quality, with metallic surrounds and knobs lending a upscale feel. There are a few hard plastic elements you’ll find in other models, however, but they are textured to blend in seamlessly.

likely that the navigation will be a popular option for but operation may present some challenges. The screen, while and clear, is not controlled by touch. it makes use of Audi’s MMI controller.

wouldn’t be a problem if the controller was on the center console, but instead located inconveniently on the dash.

passenger space is concerned, are some issues to make of. The driver seat may not have forward travel for shorter while the rear seat is for taller ones. Cargo is more favorable, as the 20 cubic of space behind the rear can easily accommodate large and golf bags with A rear-seat center pass-through for longer items while carrying passengers.

The seats fold down, but not expanding capacity to 39 cubes.


The 2012 Audi A32.0-liter gasoline engine ample power and is well-matched to transmission choice. The A3 TDI feels energetic around town to its ample torque, but it runs out of when charging up a highway because of its lack of horsepower. The is exceptional fuel economy, which seems worth it for us.

As many Audis, the A3’s tuning is on the firm side to performance, yet there’s still compliance to soak up most imperfections. Whether commuting in traffic or cruising down the the A3’s cabin remains refined and quiet.

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