The A3 is the ultimate yuppie car. It is an entry-level luxury sedan, so you won’t worry too much about parking it on the street or downtown. It’s an Audi, so people know you like luxury and can afford German electrical problems. It has classic looks and available all-wheel drive so you can quattro up to your ski vacation. To prove my point, I was told by an Audi salesperson that nearly 80% of U.S. first-generation A3 quattros were sold in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Audi announced the new A3 sedan yesterday and it looks like the old car with a slightly different grille. It has the exact same wheelbase and dimensions changes are being measured in single-digit centimeters. Europeans will get a 1.5L turbo 4-pot with a 48-volt hybrid regeneration system good for 47+mpg and a turbo-diesel which the U.S. surely won’t get good for 60+mpg. We can probably expect the U.S. version to have VAGs tried and true 2.0L TFSI with the 48-volt mild hybrid.
Bigger changes come to the interior which looks quite impressive for a car in this price range. Shaped HVAC vents and a high-waisted center-console add to the luxury feel. Once an option only on the top of the line Audi’s, the fully digital gauge cluster makes it to the entry-level of the fleet. Your future teenagers are going to have really nice used cars.
If you liked the previous two generations of the A3 you’re likely to like the fourth-gen A3. It plays to the same formula and is basically an upscale GTI sedan. For my money, I’d opt for a GTI or wait for the S3 or RS3. I’ll obviously take mine as a sportback.
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