The 2015 Audi A3 Sedan—the first of at least five models from the next-gen A3 family—will arrive in the next few months with an MSRP of $29,900. That price of admission will get you into the smallest sedans sold in the United States, but rest assured that Audi can manage to pack in just about its full array of premium features, and even that entry model offers a truly premium experience, with standard features that include:
- Leather seating surfaces with a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
- A 10-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/HD playback, three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and an SD card slot
- A three-spoke, sport-style steering wheel with integrated controls
- Bluetooth technology for both hands-free calling and audio streaming
- Advanced driver-assistance aides like the Audi “pre sense basic” package, which can detect potential crash situations and then automatically prepare key vehicle systems for a possible impact
- Auto on/off headlights and windshield wipers
- LED daytime running lamps and mirror-mounted turn-signal indicators
- Sporty design cues such as an integrated rear spoiler, matte-black window trim, dual exhaust and Audi’s signature “Singleframe” grille
There’s also a fairly up-level powertrain in the standard 2015 Audi A3 Sedan, which relies on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with both Audi’s FSI fuel-injection technology and turbocharging. With that unit sending 170 hp and 200 lb.-ft. of torque through an S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, drivers will see 0-60 runs in a projected 7.2 seconds and a top track speed of 130 mph.
Fuel-economy marks for this model are not yet available, but, oddly enough, the EPA does have numbers for the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet with the same powertrain; and even with a convertible top disrupting aerodynamics, the A3 Cabrio is listed at a healthy 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 mpg combined.
To put that into context, the current-generation Honda Fit posts an EPA line of 27/35/30. Now, like the Fit, the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan does happen to be a front-wheel-drive car, but unlike the Honda, it requires premium fuel.
Then there’s the size issue …