Green Car Spotlight: 2010 Audi A3 Review
2010 Audi A3 Changes:
The big news for the 2010 Audi A3 is the addition of a diesel engine. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder option replaces the 3.2-liter V-6 that was previously available. The styling updates of 2009 carry over to the new model year. However, wood trim interior has been added to top-tier S-Line models.
2010 Audi A3 Value:
The A3 returns for the 2010 model year as Audi's smallest and most affordable luxury vehicle. Compared to other entry-level luxury competitors, the Audi offers similar standard and optional features. However, some may complain that the pricing of the 2010 Audi A3 sedan (base MSRP is $27,270) is too steep, especially once you start adding on the optional equipment. Still, the A3 serves as a capable and nimble commuter that manages to fit the adrenaline of a sports car into the package of a compact 5-door hatchback. For a few dollars more, the S-Line Package ratchets up the performance significantly, with a stiffened suspension and high-performance tires.
The diesel engine offers real long-term value in the form of gas savings - the Audi A3 diesel makes 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. To find a car that matches those numbers, you'll need to move into the hybrid vehicle market.
If you're interested in the 2010 Audi A3, the Volkswagen GTI may be a more affordable alternative. To retain the same level of refinement, you might also consider the 2010 BMW 1 Series or 2010 Volvo C30.
2010 Audi A3 Overview:
The 2010 Audi A3 comes standard with a capable 2.0T gas engine that musters 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of torque. Opt for the 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine and you'll be rewarded with both improved fuel efficiency and torque (140 hp and 236 lb-ft. of torque). Both these engines offer an exhilarating ride and tight, enjoyable handling. The available 6-speed manual transmission and S-tronic automatic 6-speed with manual shifters both offer pristine, seamless shifting. Quattro all-wheel drive is available on gas-powered models with the S-tronic transmission.
Fit and finish remains true to the Audi name, with a solid build throughout and plenty of comfort and convenience features available. Though the back seat is a bit cramped, front-row passengers are pampered with leather seats, dual zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and a 10-speaker stereo system. Optional features include a power driver's seat, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio control, daytime running lights, power sunroof, GPS and heated front seats.
Audi's reputation for impeccable safety holds true for the 2010 A3. Front, side-head and rear-head airbags are all available. Traction control, electronic stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes are also offered. Combine it all together, and the 2010 Audi A3 earns a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
2010 Audi A3 Strengths:
- Sporty Drive
- Refined Interior
- Roomy Despite Small Dimensions
- Hybrid-like Fuel Efficiency