2015 Audi A3 Sedan Review: Car Reviews

27 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2015 Audi A3 Sedan Review: Car Reviews
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1. The 2015 A3 sedan will be available at least seven different options around the world.

2. The base price in America is at about $30,000. The car is expected to in the first quarter of next

3. The standard engine in America is a TFSI gasoline turbo delivers 180 horsepower and surprising

4. A 2.0-liter TDI diesel is also in America. It churns out 150 ponies a heaping helping of torque, 236 to be precise.

In a bid to attract more and comply with upcoming economy standards, luxury are expanding their North portfolios with smaller, affordable models.

BMW has offered its 1 on this continent for some though with limited Mercedes-Benz is also thinking the company is about to introduce the a brand-new compact luxury Not to be outdone by its compatriots, Audi is a suitable sedan of its own: the A3.


Since its introduction in 1996 3.5 million have been around the world. With showroom success, the A3 accounts for a 20 percent of Audi’s sales. But are hatchbacks.

To further increases market penetration the maker is a sedan version of the popular car to target U.S. buyers. The estimates that two out of every A3s sold will be sedans.

To call this introduction an one for the Ingolstadt-based automaker is an understatement.


When it comes to bits, U.S. customers no fewer than four to choose from. Naturally the includes cutting-edge gasoline and an ultra-efficient diesel. All mills for the U.S. are fitted exclusively to the S tronic seven-speed dual transmission.

North American miss out on some of the engines, there’s still plenty of The base unit is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that puts out a 180 horsepower. Thanks to advanced turbocharging and other technologies, it 185 lb-ft of low-rpm torque.

Zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) take a light-footed 7.3 seconds.

claims the A3 will achieve 33 mpg in the and 49 on the highway for 42 in mixed driving. If seems optimistic, it’s it almost certainly is. Expect numbers to fall once the EPA its own ratings for the car.

For more a larger 2.0-liter TFSI will also be offered, Audi didn’t have specifications available.

For diesel the company will also a 2.0-liter TDI engine. It puts out 150 and 236 lb-ft of axle-snapping torque. The hits like a sledgehammer 3,000 rpm, after it gradually tapers off in the upper-rev Supposedly this car will from a standstill to 62 mph in just 8.7 and deliver a combined U.S. score of more than 57 per gallon.

Again, those deserve some salt.

will also offer a hybrid drivetrain packaged in the A3 which is due later in 2015. The S tronic transmission is the only available in America.

Beyond choices, global customers can get a gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter among numerous other options. We had a chance to test both engines and the 1.4 was the most bar none.

With up to 140 horsepower it’s adequate for normal driving, enough spunk for expressway and two-lane passing. To conserve it’s fitted with which kills the engine the vehicle is parked or stopped. the driver is ready to go it automatically up again.

Another efficiency-boosting and arguably a more important is “Cylinder on Demand” or “COD.” No, it has to do with flaky white fish and everything to do with down unnecessary cylinders.

maximum power is not required two of the TFSI’s pots can be turned It works a lot better than the start/stop system; COD is totally Audi was quite clear this technology won’t be in U.S. models, but it’s not to wonder if that will true in the future.

Additionally the A3 be offered with Audi’s Select system. As you may already it lets drivers adjust the steering feel, throttle and transmission shift points for a experience.


Despite its as an entry-level model, the A3 is still an which means it has a superbly interior that’s every bit as as the car’s elegant coachwork. of the four-ring brand, the A3’s is crafted of rich materials look and feel top shelf. fit and finish is unassailable.

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Bucking industry trends, the car’s controls are simple to use, as is the MMI infotainment system. Overall the is very cleanly laid About the only letdown was the seating surfaces on the entry-level which didn’t seem in such a classy interior.

again, cloth seats are for North America.

The front are fine for long-haul driving and the back seats are sufficiently Two adults can ride in steerage for a length of time as long as not too tall; headroom can be a bit tight there. Putting three in the rear is an invitation for complaints as the position is nearly useless.


As expected in a luxury the A3 sedan comes with all of high-end features. Some of are obvious, others not so much.

To fuel economy engineers heavily on cutting mass, and the model weighs less 2,800 pounds. The use of high-strength aluminum and magnesium helped cut the After all, this A3 the same lightweight MQB architecture as the new Golf.

As for actual features, the navigation display slides into and out of the dashboard, completely when not in use. In-car is available as are a variety of other like real-time traffic and fuel prices.

Lane-keeping blind-spot monitoring and adaptive control are also available, to but a few of the other available features.


The A3’s suspension quite stiff over rural roads. In spite of, or due to its firm ride the A3 handles well, with the confidence and of a much larger – and more – car. Its refinement approaches of the A6, a vehicle two sizes larger in lineup.

That’s an accomplishment for such a vehicle.

As expected it’s with quattro all-wheel which adds grip and improves handling. The car’s is nicely weighted – light and at parking-lot speeds, solid and at higher velocities. Road is likewise good.

Overall, nothing to complain about the way the A3 drives.


The A3 delivers driving dynamics along a beautifully constructed cabin. also the most attractive in its class, with restrained and superb attention to detail. Its gaps are tight enough it’s hard to slide a card through them.

The A3 Audi’s signature technology, feel and unquantifiable “specialness” to a class of vehicle. If you think compact misplaces any of the brand’s you should think again.

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