The compact Autobahn cruiser
There are two engines for this car at the moment. The first is a
On the road
The turbocharged 2.0L rockets the car onto onramps. It has very nice power and best of all, thanks to its FSI (direct injection) technology, the turbo suffers from absolutely no lag. The transmission is a Direct Shift Gearbox or DSG. It is an automated twin-clutch manual transmission. To put it simply, shifts are lightning fast. By leaving the lever in manual mode and by using the two paddles, the shifting is exactly F1 style. This transmission has purely eclipsed everything I thought was best about a manual gearbox.
The ride is remarkably well sorted out. It prefers by default a long smooth stretch of road although even Montreal's best disastrous mine fields have a hard time perturbing the A3's composure. The chassis is incredulously responsive and taut. The only thing that could have made the drive more enjoyable is if it had been dressed up with Quattro.
The A3 has standard dual front, side and side curtain air bags, optional rear side air bags, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brakes assist, traction and stability control and seatbelt pre-tensionners. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has not yet rated the A3. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has rated it "Good" in its category.
Ownership costs with Audis are usually elevated. Reliability is spotty but then again, most German cars are known to be problematic at times. The A3 is actually the better of the Audis when it comes to trouble areas.
The new A3 is a phenomenal car to be at the helm of. It is very focused and the DSG transmission elevates the sport driving aspect to a whole new level. If driving is your thing, other than BMW's 3-Series, no one else can touch the A3 when it comes to the drive.
Incredible DSG technology
Not so good stuff:
High purchase price
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