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July 17, 2014

2015 Audi A3 Review

 

 

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan has now been conquering the roads of Kitchener-Waterloo for just over two months. When it first arrived at our dealership back in April, there was a huge buzz around this car, and for good reasons – it had just been crowned the 2014 World Car of the Year. Since its arrival, it’s been one of our top selling models and it’s not just the young, tech-savvy hipsters (that Audi is specifically targeting with this vehicle) buying them, the new A3 appeals to a wide demographic of people – ranging from young professionals, to middle-aged people looking for something to boot around town in, to more mature individuals who no longer need the extra space that comes with a full-size sedan or sport utility. No matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in, if you’re looking for sporty, sophisticated, compact luxury car, the new A3 should definitely be on your shopping list – in my opinion, at the very top.

 

 

Drivability 

 

I’ve had the pleasure of test-driving the 2015 A3 several times now, and every time I get behind the hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, I’m impressed with how it composes itself on the road. The new A3 comes standard with Audi’s 1.8 litre turbo, but most models that we have in stock, and the majority that we’ve sold, are equipped with the torquey 2.0T four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 220hp and a whopping 258 pound-feet of torque. By no means am I saying that the 1.8T isn’t a great engine that produces sufficient power, but the 2.0 turbo is very responsive and makes the A3 a top performing sport sedan.

 

 

 

The new A3 is armed with a six-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission; code named “S tronic”. Paired with either the 1.8T or 2.0T, this powertrain shifts up and down through the gears seamlessly, and has a lot of pull even when you’re in 6th. Although a 6-spd manual is not available in the 2015 A3, you’re able to manually change gears with the S tronic without having to worry about pressing down on a clutch pedal. A lot of automatic sport sedans come with paddle-shifters (which are a part of the S line Sport Package in the A3), but I actually prefer using the + and – on the gearstick. It just feels right having one hand on the wheel and the other on the leather-wrapped shift knob. And I can’t forget to mention how cool the “blurp” sound is that the engine makes when downshifting in manual mode – it sure put a smile on my face.

 

 

In part thanks to the aluminum hood, as well as the other hybrid-aluminum panels, the second generation A3 is lighter than its predecessor, making it quicker and more nimble than ever before; all without compromising body strength. It feels at home on the on-ramp and around tight corners, and goes 0-100km/h in just 5.8 seconds. Its lightweight construction not only improves performance, but also fuel efficiency. Official EPA fuel economy estimates aren’t available yet, but on third party road tests, the A3 achieves an average of about 8.5L/100km – combined city and highway driving.

 

 

Design

 

I personally much prefer the look of the new A3 sedan to the previous A3 hatchback. I know there are a lot of people out there that praise the versatility of a hatch, but I think a sedan is so much sleeker and better looking, that I’d be willing to forgo the more functional trunk space that hatchbacks boast any day. You’ll easily recognize that the A3 shares the same design genes as the rest of the Audi family – a striking single-frame grille, beautifully sculpted hood and shoulder lines, an integrated ducktail shaped trunk lid (no tacked on spoiler), and gorgeous LED lights in the front and the rear. Unique styling characteristics of the A3 include the dynamic line, which rises from the front axle to the rear bumper to emphasize the flared wheel arches, and narrow rear lights which give the vehicle a wide, sporty impression.  Pictures and descriptions don’t really do the A3 justice; you’ll have to come check one out in person.

 

 

Interior

 

Simply put, Audi’s interiors are second to none, and the new A3 makes to exception to this high standard. As in all Audi models, the A3’s cabin controls are ergonomically placed, the fit and finish is extraordinary, and you’ll find very little plastic – a soft-touch, yet durable rubber material makes up the entire dash and most of the trim pieces. Overall, the A3’s interior cabin has a simple, minimalist look, but spend a few minutes inside and you’ll appreciate the intricate details, like the jet engine inspired air vents, genuine leather seats, a huge panoramic glass sunroof and the 5.8” MMI display that rises gracefully out of the dash when you fire up the engine. If you haven’t yet sat in a new-generation Audi model, I’d strongly recommend you do –you’ll appreciate the expert craftsmanship.

 

 

Technology

 

As previously mentioned, the strategic target for the 2015 Audi A3 sedan is the tech-savvy millennial, so in order to attract this demographic, Audi has loaded the A3 sedan with the latest available technologies. The list goes on and on, but the high-tech features that really stand out to me include: Audi’s new touchpad MMI controller which recognizes numbers and letters that you “write” directly on the surface of the control wheel –easier to use and more accurate than voice control systems; keyless entry with push-button start, navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, Audi side-assist and adaptive cruise control. To learn more about the equipment in the 2015 A3, visit allnewa3.ca

 

Visit crosbyaudi.com to price out your new A3, or any other Audi model that interests you. You’re also more than welcome to contact us at any time, we’d be happy to assist you. 

 

 


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