2015 Audi A3 First Drive — Autoblog

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Audi launched its A3 sedan at the 2013 New York Show. The A3 four-door is constructed on the Group’s new MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten, or Transverse Matrix) platform. the A4.

A5. A6. A7 and A8 models, which utilize a longitudinally placed engine the A3 models ride on a front-mounted, placed engine platform puts the mass of the powerplant of the front axle (other that share MQB include the Volkswagen Golf and the recently Audi TT ).

Its styling is clean, and somewhat undistinguished.

Unlike the CLA-Class, which is immediately for its four-door coupe styling, the A3 is a traditional three-box sedan looks like a seven-eighths version of the fourth-generation A4. Overall, its is clean, conservative and somewhat but it most certainly fits in the rest of Audi’s lineup. By the the new four-door is 175.4 inches making it nearly 10 inches in overall length than the A4, and it on a wheelbase that is seven shorter than its larger

Two versions of the A3 sedan will into showrooms next The standard 1.8T model price $29,900), which is offered with front-wheel features a turbocharged, 1.8-liter rated at 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of The higher-grade 2.0T models price $32,900) are fitted a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, at 220 hp and 258 lb-ft.

The more powerful is only offered with full-time Quattro all-wheel-drive and the company’s six-speed S-tronic gearbox is standard across the no manual transmission is to be offered in America.

Both engines cast iron blocks aluminum heads and are mounted in the nose of the A3 under an aluminum and regardless of powerplant, the front is an independent MacPherson strut with aluminum A-arms to an aluminum subframe. The rear is a four-link design, with its and shock absorbers mounted of each other. Steering is electromechanical.

There are disc brakes at all corners with single-piston calipers over each rotor (the parking utilizes an electrically actuated on each rear caliper). are cast aluminum alloy, in diameter, wearing all-season tires. Optional wheel in 18- and 19-inch diameters, provide a factory-shipped summer-compound tire of 235/35R19.

The A3 arrives with an list of standard premium

To move the new A3 into the same league as the rest of the Audi the A3 arrives with an impressive of standard premium equipment. are three trim levels Premium Plus and Prestige) and the base model is fitted leather upholstery, a large moonroof, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lamps, Bluetooth audio and LED taillights. The options which can drive a loaded A3 trim to nearly $45,000, full LED headlights, adaptive control, Audi Active Assist, Audi Drive dynamic steering, and Bang audio note that of the features are shared with the flagship A8.

We were fortunate to get our hands on a 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S-tronic for an early preview. Deciphering its the Scuba Blue over leather four-door arrived with the 2.0-liter engine and drive, and the aforementioned dual-clutch

Our Premium model started a base price of $32,900 $895 destination), and the five-passenger was upgraded with the Audi MMI package ($1,900), Cold package ($500), Aluminum package ($450) and metallic ($550) for a grand total of While that bottom may appear a bit steep for a car that’s and narrower than a Ford the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class’ pricing is nearly identical (the CLA250 starts at $29,900 and out at $47,450 for the much more all-wheel-drive CLA45 AMG).

The new cabin is clean and uncluttered, the driver sitting behind a wheel facing two large gauges. A small, color display resides in the center of the with a digital coolant gauge inside the tachometer and a similar fuel display the speedometer. Four round air each beautifully crafted rotating aluminum flow collars, are spaced across the dashboard.

The MMI screen a seven-inch, high-res rises fluidly out of a centrally slot (it drops completely out of when the vehicle is parked or at the of a button). The manual HVAC (automatic climate control is are simple and self-explanatory, with small aluminum rotary controlling temperature, fan speed and air

In terms of ergonomics, design and Audi has done a remarkable job the A3’s cockpit.

Audi has the MMI unit’s hardware to the glovebox freeing up valuable space on the portion on the dashboard. This has designers to place two cupholders in of the transmission lever (PRND/S). The MMI controls, with integrated MMI for handwriting recognition on the top of the dial, center stage on the console aft of the S-tronic lever.

The latest of MMI, with its aluminum buttons and dials, is visually and it has intuitive software with that are easy to operate by Your author currently it the best user interface in the

In terms of ergonomics, design and Audi has done a remarkable job the A3’s cockpit. However, we are a disappointed to report that our missed many basic features, including individual map ambient cabin illumination, dimming interior mirrors, climate control (which standard on the $33,800 A4 sedan) and a key fob our A3 arrived with Volkswagen’s but aged switchblade key. It was to see those features and upgrades in expensive additional-cost packages.

the A3 sedan’s driving position is with this writer’s two-inch frame fitting comfortably into the 12-way front seat that offers four-way power (front passengers are provided an throne). Leg, head and room were not an issue, and the manual tilt/telescope wheel into an optimal position for a view of the instruments. Three-box typically provide very outward visibility, and the A3 is no exception.

Those up front get all of the room, as the seating area is tight.

up front get all of the room, as the rear area is tight cramped is a accurate description. Ingress is by the roofline, which cuts the space that the occupants’ want to occupy. Once adults and children will legroom that is seriously Those over six feet find headroom an issue, too author’s head pressed against the padded ceiling).

The row’s only salvation is the large windows and standard roof allow a lot of light the cabin so it doesn’t feel As a full-time family-of-four vehicle, are much better sedans.

lists trunk capacity of models at just 10.0 feet, which is a substantial 2.3 feet less than models (blame the bulky coupler of the Haldex AWD system). It small, so out of curiosity, we grabbed luggage to find out just how it would hold. Surprisingly, the A3 one 20-inch roller, two 22-inch and one 24-inch roller luggage for and there was still a bit of room for two small soft bags. The could have been but the automaker chose to equip the with a full diameter spare tire. (We tried the exercise with a CLA250. and it the same bags as the A3 sedan an additional 22-inch roller.)

To its legs, we ran the A3 sedan on a challenging road trip that was shy of 200 driving miles. The route from sea level to over feet of elevation, utilizing roads and fast highways, as it through mountain passes and urban sprawl. On the open Audi’s newest arrival did well a trait we have to expect from vehicles have four rings on nose.

We pushed it on long sweepers, it over unsettling whoop-de-doos and attacked hairpins, but the A3 emerged

Don’t ever dismiss VW turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplants are some of the best in the world. The variant under the A3’s moved it rapidly off the line, Quattro ensuring that slip was non-existent. Audi a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds, standard A4 2.0T models in the and the little four-door feels bit as quick in practice.

We didn’t the dual-clutch gearbox to be as smooth at lot speeds as a traditional torque automatic (there were brief jerky moments the clutch engaged), but its operation was at speed and it excelled when aggressively.

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The sedan proved on the open highway, with a best described as European but comfortable. Even though the coefficient isn’t particularly (a Cd of 0.30 is nothing to brag compared to the CLA’s Tesla-beating Cd of the automaker has done a fine job wind noise to a minimum, at higher speeds.

Climbing the mountains and carving through the our little blue car really us grinning. Despite its unfortunate fitment (all-season Continental rubber with a rock-hard 500 rating), superb chassis and suspension tuning allowed the more than its fair of heroics. We pushed it on long challenged it over unsettling and aggressively attacked hairpins, but the A3 unscathed.

The Haldex-based Quattro to Audi’s transverse platforms is a system that must slip before it sends rearward. Even with limitation, it proved unflappable, and it was to discern torque being fore or aft. More was that this nose-heavy a front-wheel drive platform upwards of 60 percent of its mass its front axle felt well balanced.

Only once, when we a corner far too hot and the tires gave up in did we notice annoying understeer.

The A3 Quattro was the champion canyon

To calculate accurate fuel we filled the tank immediately and after our trip. Our hand-calculated average was 25.8 miles per That’s on the low side of the EPA’s of 24 city/33 highway, but not bad considering how our right foot was.

It also be noted that our economy (as read from the computer) hovered just 35 mpg on the open road while on control, so the EPA’s numbers very plausible.

Because we to have one in our driveway, we opportunistically the keys to a Mercedes CLA250. The drive model (all-wheel is offered on both the CLA250 and the AMG) carried an as-tested of $36,545. The cabin of the baby was equally as comfortable for the two front but the second row was even more than the Audi.

On the open the CLA250 was the better cruiser, nearly 40 miles out of each of fuel (the EPA rates it at 26 highway). However, things when the road became more challenging and the turbocharged began having difficulty its power to the ground. Corner corner, our forward progress was as the CLA250 spun its inside wheel as it sought traction.

It was obvious that the A3 with was the champion canyon carver.

wide-ranging A3 family will be an brood, but regrettably, this A3 sedan probably won’t be our of the litter.

If asked to hand out four accolades at the end of the day, give two to each. The CLA250 earn one for its catchy styling and one for its efficiency. The A3 sedan would one for its cabin build quality/ergonomics and the for its superior driving dynamics.

While both compete in the segment, tested back-to-back, the and Mercedes appear to be chasing targets.

The all-new 2015 A3 sedan is a very good premium sedan maybe the but that accolade comes a long list of caveats. Its platform, powerplant and powertrain are but its second row seating is cramped, its unadventurous and its standard equipment perplexing. We genuinely enjoyed it, but it was disheartening to look at our test $37,195 as-tested price, to insert a steel ignition key the column, manually adjust the control, squint from glare in the mirrors at night and fumble without map lights.

But though we can’t shower the A3 sedan with all-encompassing it simply doesn’t make for a wise value proposition still yearning for the arrival of the of the A3 family, a lineup that include five-door hatchbacks, a efficient diesel-powered variants, plug-in hybrid Sportback and the exciting enthusiast-tuned S3 that we drove in Monaco. When Audi’s wide-ranging A3 family be an impressive brood, but regrettably, standard A3 sedan probably be our pick of the litter.

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