Audi A3 (2014)

Audi A3 (2014)

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  • Pros

  • Ride and handling. Like most Audi’s, a very good balance between sporty handling and comfortable ride.
  • This truly does feel like an entry level Audi. It’s halfway between Volkswagen Jetta and an Audi A4. It’s not quite luxurious, but it has elements of higher priced cars. It’s comfortable, it drives well, looksgood, and it will fill a niche.
  • Smooth, powerful 2.0-liter turbo charged engine with mileage in the mid 20’s (EPA says 24/33).
  • Excellent Quattro all wheel drive option.
  • Comfortable seats with good adjustment.
  • Clean, calm, Audi-style interior.
  • Nice thick, three spoke steering wheel feels good to the touch.
  • Multimedia interface is reasonably useable. And Audi has the good sense to have two actual radio volume knobs (one on the steering wheel, one next to the shifter) and knobs for temperature control and fan speed. A radio-tuning knob would make the system perfect.
  • Cons

  • Dual clutch automatic transmission exhibits strange hesitations, especially when starting out. Once going, it’s great. There is no manual transmission option in the A3 sedan.
  • The back seat is very limited.
  • No USB port. This is a car that specifically markets itself as a vehicle for “connected,” “wired” people who like everything high-tech. And yet there’s no way to charge a phone! It’s an almost comically dumb oversight by Audi. They say they’re planning to add a USB port soon… but not in time to avoid the mockery.
  • On our $35,000 test car, there was no back up camera, no navigation, and no keyless entry or ignition. That makes this seem like a cut-rate luxury car.
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