Friday, August 27, 2010
the Audi A3
One vehicle meant to break that tradition is the Audi A3.
Smaller and lighter than an A4 2.0T Avant Quattro, the front-drive Audi A3 presents a strong argument for buying a bargain sport wagon, provided one goes easy on the options.
It's an upscale alternative to more mainstream hatchbacks, a cheaper alternative to a regular luxury wagon, and with the clean-burning diesel engine, an extremely-fuel efficient alternative to hybrids. Current Audi A3
The Audi A3 is available in Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. Standard features on the Premium include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating and a 10-speaker sound system. The first, more traditional choice is the gasoline-fueled turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.
Gasoline-powered Audi A3 models are offered with either front-wheel drive or Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The TDI is only offered with front-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive gasoline models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual transmission or Audi's quick-shifting S tronic automated dual-clutch six-speed manual transmission. At the same time, the suspension keeps the "Audi A3" buttoned down without transmitting harsh road impacts to the cabin. "Used Audi A3 Models"
The Audi A3 was introduced as a 2006 model in the United States. It was outfitted with Quattro and the S tronic transmission standard. Trim levels also corresponded with engine choice (2.0T and 3.2 Quattro).
The exterior and interior were refreshed, most notably with Audi's signature larger grille and LED running lights. Hill-hold assist was added to manual-transmission-equipped cars
The 2010 Audi A3 Small Cars.
The Audi A3 boasts a winning combination of quality, sportiness and attractive styling that is a rare find for small-car shoppers. The Audi’s performance and prestige come at a high price -- literally. If you can live without the Audi prestige and performance, there are less expensive choices. The Volkswagen GTI saves you $4,000 and provides an even sportier driving experience -- but it can’t match the Audi for interior refinement and doesn’t offer a fuel-efficient diesel engine. The "Audi A3" comes in two trims, Premium and Premium Plus. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is available for non-diesel models only.