The first Audi A3 we got here in the States was little more than a Golf with a different body and a slightly nicer interior. Of course, Audi makes no secret its entry-level model is based on the VW’s platform. This new Audi A3 is a different story however. This model delivers the luxury quotient we’ve come to expect from the Audi marque, albeit in a smaller package. Further, there is a four-door sedan variant now, and coming soon will be a convertible as well. It seems Audi has grand plans for its smallest car. Our test 2015 A3 is powered by Audi’s 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing some 258 ft-lbs of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automated manual transmission are standard equipment with this powerplant. Audi is also bringing the car to the U.S. with a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, as well as a diesel powerplant. Available features include WiFi, navigation, heated front seats, Bluetooth, a sunroof, smart cruise control, automated parking, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, automatic xenon headlights, and smart windshield wipers. Available safety equipment includes a front and rear parking sensor array, blind spot warning, frontal collision warning and mitigation, and lane departure warning.
2015 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Compact Luxury Sedan Test Drive Video Review