Nov 24, 2014
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested $39,195; 2.0-L TDI clean diesel 150-hp 236 lb-ft engine, Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, Premium Plus model
Likes

This is a good-looking sedan with nice finishes that says, “I have refined taste.” The steering wheel feels good, the rain and light sensors are pampering, and even the sound as you lock the car is understated and elegant. There is also the not-so-small matter of driving 100 miles on 2.8 gallons of fuel. More about that later. The optional extras were all well executed, but be warned: they come with an extra $5,700 price tag.

Dislikes

The A3 was not made for darting into traffic. There is a sad little lag as you step on the pedal. Acceleration is fine once you’re already going, but the initial “go-go-go” is lackluster. The trunk held four overnight bags and a small cooler – anything more would have been pushing it. And most notably, why does this brand-new luxury sedan not have a backup camera?

Verdict

Join me on a brief emotional journey. I had lukewarm feelings about taking the A3 on my trip to the Washington coast. These warmed to a simmer as it bombed up the freeway and then floated effortlessly down the winding coastal roads. I remained mostly satisfied, with brief moments of frustration with the punishingly stiff seats, for the remainder of the trip — until it was time to gas up — err, diesel up. This was a moment of euphoria compete with angel choirs and spotlights from heaven. $28. Just thinking about it now makes my heart flutter. I drove over 300 miles and spent more on Taco Bell than on fuel. But enough about my feelings. This is about your wallet. Your wallet full of money you no longer spend on gas.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 31/43