With a well-sorted chassis, classy interior, and invigorating drivetrain, the A3 made the competition nervous in 2015, and just a year later, a newly standard reversing camera, parking sensors, and heated washers and mirrors only underline that argument. The A3 can be had as a 4-door, 5-seat sedan or a 2-door, 4-seat cabriolet with one of three engines and front- or all-wheel drive. And the interior materials and construction seem to betray its price, besting offerings that cost more than twice as much in other categories.
The A3 is based on the same familiar MQB platform as the Audi TT and Q2 and the Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Touran, and Tiguan. It’s tight, responsive, and quite versatile. With FWD and the standard suspension, it’s supple without being sloppy. With AWD and the sport suspension, it delivers agility without destroying kidneys and backs over every rut and ripple. The flickability of this platform can’t be overstated, especially when considering the price and purpose. Read more on CarGurus:
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