My son asked me to find him a car so that he has one when he returns to the US. He gave me four options - WRX, GTI, A3 and Speed3. I have had cars from all four manufacturers but am an Audi fan at hea...
My son asked me to find him a car so that he has one when he returns to the US. He gave me four options - WRX, GTI, A3 and Speed3. I have had cars from all four manufacturers but am an Audi fan at heart. After I drove the Speed3 the search was over. Absolutely no doubt that the Speed3 had performance, comfort, design features and space advantages over the other three. The interior is devoid of all the little needless stuff that looks old and weary after 2-3 years - this car has a lot of understated style. Red stitching and highlights are perfectly presented.
Too many small cars, and hatchbacks in particular, suffer from obstructed visibility - you have blind spots just where least need them in a small car. The Speed3 does not have this problem. Driving in traffic will not leave you with a tension headache because you can not see anything when making a lane change. From a visual-perceptual standpoint, this is a very comfortable car to drive.
Transmission is superb - nice tight shift pattern for a 6 speed and reasonably short throws. The clutch engages just off of the floor so you can shift heel-toe.
All of the instrumentation is simple, convenient and easy to reach while driving - except the radio. Until you learn the position of all of the sound system controls, you can spend way too much time looking at them rather than the road.
The gas filler cap cover is a nice accent but it could be a bit beefier. Same for the wiper blades -they are a bit cheap for a car this nice. You can get a much nicer set for $20 at an auto parts store. The MP3 input is inside the center console so no one will see it if you forget and leave your iPod in the car.
And before my son gets his car he will have to pry my fingers off of the steering wheel.