The 2015 Audi A3 is Audi’s entry into the compact sedan market that offers premium quality and performance. Like most European (specifically German) premium car manufacturers, it’s easy to put trust in one of these marquees as premium quality is standard between the competition and what they’re all gunning for is the feel and numbers on paper. How does the tamer, original version of the S3 fare versus the competition?
Everything About the 2015 Audi A3 Looks and Feels Right
The 2015 Audi A3 looks neat, and tidy unlike its sporty S3 variant, the A3 is an overall calmer looking executive-oriented vehicle when it comes to looks. But the design is playing safe, staying true to other Audi designs, there is nothing to write home about when it comes to the intricate details on the aesthetics of the A3. From the front to back, there’s no denying that what you’re looking at is an Audi, why? They all practically look the same as long as basic looks are concerned. Under the hood, the A3 is offered in a 1.8 Liter front wheel drive turbo, or a 2.0 Liter Quattro or all-wheel drive variants. Both engine options are mated to VW and Audi’s “DSG” six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox with manual shift.
On the inside of the 2015 A3, the overall look and feel of the cabin is just right, at its price point, the materials are just right but is definitely ahead of what Japanese and American manufacturers offer at this premium category. It’s not luxurious per se, but it fits the bill just right. Rear legroom is about average but is a bit on the tight side for taller European passengers.
Driving the Quattro variant (the one equipped with the 2.0 Liter turbo and all-wheel drive) grip is superb, and with the 2.0 Liter putting out 220hp, its quite good enough for a car this size and with the help of all wheel drive, overall handling feels stable at speed and inspires confidence in the driver. There’s a bit of understeer inherent to AWD but not a lot. Steering feel is a bit on the quick and nicely weighted and the DSG transmission is set up for mildness especially at low speeds; hinting that the A3 is not meant to be the S3.
For the price you pay for the 2015 Audi A3, you get a nippy little all-wheel drive sedan that has all the practicality of a sedan and the potential to be a ‘mild’ Audi S3. However, the back seats are a bit tight if you’re above 5’10” in height. A bit of road noise seeps inside the cabin.
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