About the 2015 Audi A3:
After a short hiatus, the Audi A3 returns, initially as a 4-door sedan. A 5-door hatchback variant will also be available, equipped with a TDI turbo-diesel powertrain or Audi’s e-tron gas-electric hybrid system. The new 2015 A3 Sedan competes against the Acura ILX, Infiniti Q40, and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
The 2015 Audi A3 Sedan is offered as the A3 1.8 TFSI with front-wheel drive and as the A3 2.0 TFSI with Quattro all-wheel drive. A 6-speed S-tronic automated manual gearbox is the only transmission available. Premium trim is standard, including leather seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, a power panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and more.
Upgrade to the Premium Plus trim level for dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless passive entry with push-button ignition, bigger 18-inch aluminum wheels, and more. The A3 Prestige models include sportier exterior styling, a navigation system, a premium 14-speaker audio system, Audi Connect services, and a set of LED headlights.
Aside from trim package upgrades, highlights from the 2015 Audi A3’s option list include metallic paint, rear-seat side-impact airbags, and upgraded interior trim and lighting. A Sport Package includes paddle shifters, sport-bolstered front seats, and Audi Drive Select technology, while a Driver Assistance Package installs blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking assist sensors, and an Audi Parking System that helps the driver to steer into a parking space.
Additional upgrades include an adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go capability, an Audi Pre-Sense Front pre-collision system, and an Audi Active Lane Assist system.
Engines and Transmissions:
The A3 1.8 TFSI is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. Torque peaks from 1,600 rpm to 4,000 rpm, and then horsepower peaks from 4,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm.
The A3 2.0 TFSI gets a more powerful turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. With this engine, torque is spread between 1,600 rpm and 4,400 rpm, and then horsepower kicks in from 4,500 rpm to 6,200 rpm.
Both engines are paired with a 6-speed S-tronic automated manual gearbox that upshifts on its own without the driver needing to push a clutch pedal. The A3 1.8 TFSI is front-wheel drive, while the A3 2.0 TFSI is all-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Regardless of which version of the 2015 Audi A3 you select, you can expect to get 27 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Audi A3 receives a “Top Safety Pick” rating. When equipped with the optional Audi Pre-Sense Front technology, the A3 gets a “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating.
Add Audi Connect services to the A3, and the car can be transformed into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot supporting up to eight different devices. This technology also provides Google Earth imagery for the navigation system, local weather reports, and more.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
May 31, 2014
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