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By Cars.com Staff
August 6, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Audi A3 is a premium hatchback that competes with models like the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and Volvo V50. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the five-seat A3 are available in the 2.0 trim level. The 3.2 trim level is only available with all-wheel drive.
New for 2009 The 2.0T S tronic (automatic transmission) trim is now available with Quattro all-wheel drive, the interior and exterior are freshened with new wheels, and many luxury options are now standard.
Exterior The A3's single-frame tapered grille dominates the front end. The A3's profile gets flatter toward the rear, like a coupe. Round wheel arches enhance the A3's stance. The A3 measures 168.7 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 56 inches tall. Alongside its competitors from Saab and Volvo, the A3 has the shortest overall length and height, and its width is comparable.
New design for standard 17-inch alloy wheels
Dual exhaust outlets and wraparound taillights
Standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps standard on 3.2 trim level
Interior A low seat position couples with a tall, wide center console. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather on all models. Round air vents have aluminum surrounds, and there's aluminum trim on the door and glove box handles. Wide-opening rear doors are intended to ease entry and exit. The Open Sky two-section glass sunroof (standard on the 3.2) includes separate blinds to keep the interior from overheating and to guard against the sun's glare.
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
Titanium Package includes a black headliner and shiny piano-black accents
Sirius Satellite Radio standard on all models
Standard leather seating surfaces in all models
Standard auxiliary audio input
Wood trim option has been discontinued
iPod adapter dropped in favor of standard auxiliary port in stereo
Under the Hood Audi's turbocharged 2.0T four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. The 3.2-liter V-6 generates 250 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque. Four-cylinder (2.0T) models can have a six-speed manual gearbox or the S tronic automatic with a manual-shift mode, which is standard with the V-6. 2.0T A3s can have front- or all-wheel drive, while 3.2 models get Quattro all-wheel drive standard.
MacPherson strut suspension in front
Four-link independent suspension in rear
Electromechanical steering offers speed-dependent power assistance
Standard hill-hold assist helps control vehicle on steep grades (now standard on 2.0T models with manual transmission)
Sport package and Audi magnetic ride are new options
Safety Rear side-impact airbags are optional. Standard safety features include:
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
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