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By Cars.com Staff
October 8, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Audi A3 is a premium hatchback that competes with models like the Volvo V50. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the five-seat A3 are available in the 2.0T (gas) trim level. A new diesel model comes only with front-wheel drive.
New for 2010 Audi adds a diesel model, the A3 TDI, which is due by early December, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder rated at 30/42 mpg city/highway and available only with the S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. The V-6-powered 3.2 Quattro has been dropped.
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.
New design for standard 17-inch alloy wheels
Dual exhaust outlets and wraparound taillights
Optional bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps
Interior A low seating 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 available Open Sky two-section glass sunroof includes separate blinds to keep the interior from overheating and to guard against the sun's glare.
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
Optional black headliner and shiny piano-black accents
Sirius Satellite Radio standard
Standard leather seating surfaces
Standard auxiliary audio input
Wood trim optional
Under the Hood Audi's turbocharged 2.0T gas four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Gas models can have a six-speed manual gearbox or the S tronic automatic with a manual-shift mode and front- or all-wheel drive. The diesel A3 TDI has 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque and comes only with the S tronic automatic and front-wheel drive.
MacPherson strut front suspension
Four-link independent rear suspension
Electromechanical steering offers speed-dependent power assistance
Standard hill-hold assist helps control vehicle on steep grades
Audi magnetic ride suspension optional
Safety Rear side-impact airbags are optional. Standard safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
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