Feb 07, 2012
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $57,470
Likes

Classy yet subdued styling. Well-fitted interior with lots of tech features, including side sonar-like blind spot detectors and 7-inch color retractable dash infotainment screen. Selectable performance modes makes it both comfortable and sporty at the turn of a knob. 8-speed auto is both punchy in first and long-legged in overdrive, returning excellent fuel mileage from the supercharged 310-hp 3.0-liter V6. Quattro system means you should be able to get home in the snow. Excellent range on headlights and taillights, Google Earth-based nav provides a hybrid map/satellite photo of your location.

Dislikes

Clunky interface for stereo, nav, and car performance settings includes both buttons and knobs – better pull over to make adjustments. Powerful engine is basically silent, which makes this more of a luxury transportation appliance than a driver’s performance car. Punching the throttle sometimes doesn’t always bring instant acceleration — the transmission gets a bit confused as to what to do.

Verdict

The all-new 3.0T does a lot of things very well, but the sheer number of electronic features may have you scratching your head – at least until you figure out how everything works. It’s a very tight package for a buyer interested in form and function rather than over-the-top curb presence.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 310 hp
Torque 325 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm
Zero to Sixty Time 5.3 sec
EPA Mileage 19/28