May 19, 2006
Reviewed By Jeff Sabatini
Price as Tested $29,720

Simple and effective exterior design, trademark Audi interior lighting, slick manual gearbox; torquey turbocharged engine makes for quick acceleration.


Gripes: Low level of standard equipment means price can accelerate just as rapidly as car.


The compact A3 sport wagon is no less fun to drive than the Audi TT coupe, but its five-door design makes it much more practical. Don’t be fooled by the $25k base price though, as everything from leather to power seats to fog lamps costs extra here-and the all-wheel-drive V6 version starts at $34k. Once you get an A3 properly equipped with the sport package and get past the sticker shock, however, its compact dimensions make it the ultimate upscale city car.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating