There?s nothing particularly flashy about the 2015 Audi A3 sedan. The styling looks like a slightly scaled-down version of the Audi A4 ? a clean tailored looking four-door sedan. But nearly everything about the smallest Audi from the design through the elegant quattro drivetrain works well together and the result is an outstanding car.
The Sedan is one of the latest of the A3 family which will include seven variations by next year including a Cabriolet, Sportback, S3 performance model, diesel, Q3 crossover and even an electric version.
The smaller engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and the 2.0T in 5.8 seconds and both have a top speed limited to 130 mph. Interestingly, the fuel economy rates for the two engines is nearly identical. The 1.8T is rated at 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, and the 2.0T with quattro is actually one mile per gallon higher in the city at 24 mpg. Our 2.0T test vehicle averaged 26.8 mpg during its week-long visit.
With the smaller size comes a little less interior room, but for people like us, who seldom have passengers, that?s a plus. However luggage space was a little tight at only 10 cubic feet.
All three trim levels include features like leather seating, panoramic sunroof, bi-Xenon headlights, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth?, Rain/light sensor for wipers and headlights. The top level Prestige model adds features like LED headlights and taillights, S-Line? trim, heated seats, Bang & Olufsen? audio and the MMI navigation system. The navigation system uses a screen as thin as a smart-phone; it rises out of the center of the dash. It?s a perfect position and allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road while just glancing sideways to see the screen. Controls are quite user-friendly, too.
The 2015?Audi A3?prices start at $30,795 for the 1.8T Premium trim level, and the 2.0T model is $3,000 more on all trim levels. The Premium Plus trim adds an additional $2,900 and the Prestige trim is $8,800 more than the Premium. With all the available options, the 2.0T Prestige will have a bottom line price of $44,550.
Audi has a reputation of being an outstanding luxury car and the A3 qualifies as their value model at a nice size, reasonable price and it?s still very much an Audi.