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With the introduction of the 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel for 2010 (and elimination of the V6 option), changes in 2011 are largely cosmetic. New chrome trim, a couple of new wheel designs (including a new 5-spoke alloy for the Titanium Sport package), and two new blues: Scuba and Deep Sea.
For 2010, Audi drops the 3.2-liter V6 engine option, replacing it with an all-new 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine. Available only with front drive and automatic transmission, the new A3 TDI is expected to exceed 40 mile per gallon highway. Other changes include the addition of last year's S line exterior equipment on all models, while Premium Plus models now feature standard HID head lamps. New options include wood interior trim, leather and alcantara seats and a revised Titanium Sport Package.
New for 2009, the four-cylinder 2.0T model can now be ordered with quattro all-wheel drive. New standard features include leather seating, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auxiliary audio input jack. New standard features on the 3.2 include Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlamps and the Open Sky sunroof. New options for the 3.2 include Audi Magnetic Ride and a new Sport package.
Audi's player in the rapidly expanding entry-luxury segment is the sub-$30,000 (destination charges not included) 2015 A3 sedan. Happily that price tag comes attached to a car you'd actually want to drive. Both sporty and welcoming, the A3 may be small but it's a pleasure to live with – its standard panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights and leather seating only sweeten the deal. The new-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a prime competitor, as are the cheaper Acura ILX and Buick Verano, but the A3 distinguishes itself as a traditional, albeit compact, premium sedan...at least until the sportback and convertible versions arrive. We like the A3 and we're guessing luxury buyers looking to downsize will too.
By MWalk on Sunday, December 30, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great drive, great mileage, great style"
Cons: "Pricey upgrades"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My only regret is not getting a few more options. Didn't want nav so left off some of the finer things in order to save $3-4k or so. Would have liked a few other convenience options but mostly because I left a fully loaded vehicle and got a little spoiled. I commute about 120 miles a couple times a week so the fuel economy more than makes up for missing a few extras. Love the way it drives, and still is the coolest looking fuel saver on the road IMO. Feels very Euro cool and I get lots of compliments from guys and gals across all demographics. I also coach two of my kids' teams so pile lots of coaching gear in the back no problem. I looked at TDI Jetta & Passat, hybrid Lexus hatch and a few others but the full package of the A3 TDI was my favorite and still is."
18 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Good Sport on Thursday, November 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great to drive; hatchback versatility"
Cons: "Premium gas; instrumentation design"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Best thing is the driving experience - it's a little rocketship, with great handling and crisp precise shifting (I own the 6-speed manual). However I find the instrumentation poorly placed and overly complicated. For example the climate controls are way down at knee level, and cramped together at that. While cargo space is ample, the passenger compartment storage leaves something to be desired, with a miniscule glove compartment and no pouches on the seat backs. Another annoyance is that the exterior door handles can only be grasped from underneath. For a "luxury" car I find it disappointing on such points."
12 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Eric F on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, safety, comfort"
Cons: "No backup camera"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I purchased a 2015 A3 Premium 1.8T a few weeks ago and am still pinching myself regarding what I paid. I feel that the value for money here is exceptional. The cabin, while sporting a minimalist approach, is spacious, quiet and comfortable. Traveling from Chattanooga to Atlanta over 117 miles, using cruise control entirely, my A3 realized 38.2 MPG. Coming from a smaller car previously, I find the A3 to be a perfect size. Not too big, not too small, just right. I also like that the car comes with a standard 4 year / 50,000 mile warranty. I cannot rate regarding reliability, but first impressions, and 800 miles in, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. The one surprising omission from this car is the lack of a back-up camera. With Audi's focus on safety, this should be standard."
9 people out of 12 found this review helpful