|Good looking A3 now comes standard with S Line package. (Photo: Automotive Metrics)|
The A3 comes with a couple of engine options such as the new 2.0-litre TDI engine which was introduced this year, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged TFSI engine shared with its VW companions.
Audi's 2.0-litre turbo produces a nice punch with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque which is the model I tested, matched with the S-Tronic dual clutch 6 speed DSG transmission, that can shift gears faster than you can even realize you touched the paddle.
|Sport wagon body style is ultra practical. (Photo: Automotive Metrics)|
With ESP (Electronic Stability Program) ABS (Anti-lock Brakes) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) the A3 can monitor and compensate for any type of slippage or spin at the wheels and correct it by adding braking or power distribution to the other wheels, without you even knowing you were ever in a dangerous situation. All this goes on at lightning speeds and gives you the confidence to concentrate on the road ahead.
|Interior is class leading for the compact premium segment. (Photo: Automotive Metrics)|
Interior of the new A3 has been brought up a notch with the S-Line option now being standard, but I still think the front seats are a little shy in comfort; while the leather wrapped steering wheel fits like a glove into your hands and the paddle shifters placed perfectly in reach for those days when you want to enjoy the S-Tronic, while blazing around some nice curvy roads.
|Who needs a compact SUV? The A3 is totally accommodating for people and cargo. (Photo: Automotive Metrics)|
Dual zone climate control gives the driver and passenger separate controls for their comfort with heated seats and a large open sky sunroof with sunshades that keep the interior perfectly balanced for any type of climate change.
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