Roundly acclaimed as the benchmark of the nascent category of small entry-level luxury cars, the all-new 2015 Audi A3 Diesel (aka the Audi A3 TDI), absolutely brings it with handsome styling, a sumptuous interior treatment, polite road manners, an outstanding array of standard features, and exceptional fuel economy.
Those of you who recall the previous iteration of the A3, the funky little hatchback wagon-let, will be quite surprised to learn the new A3 comes as an eye-pleasing four-door sedan, a convertible, and Audi has promised to bring the wagon-let back too – with a hybrid powertrain.
But we digress.
The realities of the 21st century mean the old “bigger is better” school of thought has been redefined to be more about content than sheer size. Models like the Cadillac ATS, Buick Regal, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes CLA, and BMW’s 3 Series have proven it is possible to infuse the essence of a luxury brand into a smaller more “personal sized” package. And, while all of those cars do an admirable job of capturing what their brands are all about, many critics (us included) feel the new Audi A3 is the best example of the genre.
To find out, you’ll have to read on…