This is the third Audi and my wife and I have owned in the last 5 years, trading in a 1999 Audi A6 Avant for this car. This is very close to the perfect car; great performance, AWD, good fuel economy, and styling that sets it apart from all the other cars on the road. The way to think about this car is that it is an Audi TT Coupe with 4 doors and a hatchback. The A3 is best suited for 2 people for long trips and okay for 4 around town. the truck is much bigger than it would appear from looking at the car from the outside so great convenience and utility. My 3.2 S Type has almost every option available so comfort and convenience are great; Great sunroof, bose audio, auto wind shield wipers and head lights, xenon head lights, and 250 hp and AWD. A great package! Things to look for for; If you live anywhere where it snows or ices over see if the car has summer tires. Mine did and I had to get winter tires. Be aware of a slight hesitation when you accelerate from a complete stop due to the DSR transmission, this takes a little bit of a technique to get it right. The last thing is the xenon head lights. They are great but alot of people think you have your brights on.
My 2007 Audi A3 (automatic, 2WD, cold weather package) has never disappointed me. It's a blast to drive. As a former Volkswagen GTI Turbo owner, I was looking for something understated but responsive. I find the Audi A3 very pleasant to look at, and fun to drive. The steering and brakes are smooth, but allow quick decision-making. Acceleration is powerful, allowing for ease with merging, passing, and thrill-seeking. At times the car feels like it almost leaps off the ground. Front and rear seats are comfortable. The quality of the leather seats is high, and seat warmers do the trick on cold mornings. My only complaints are 1) temperature controls, 2) seat belt alarms, 3) dash display 4) moon roof, and 5) performance in snow. The heating and cooling are determined by setting a temperature control, as opposed to directly turning on heat or cooling. The override options are somewhat confusing. I still can't figure out how to use the front and center air vents. An annoying dinging noise is heard repeatedly whenever the power is on and seatbelts are not latched. This is annoying all the time, but especially when sitting in a parking lot wanting free body movement. The dash displays, while very high-tech (allowing visualization of miles traveled, time since departure, miles to next gas fill-up, current MPG, average MPG for current trip, etc.) are a distracting shade of red. The double moon roof (with only a screen and the glass for closing) enhances a feeling of openness, but can easily cause excess heat in warmer weather Lastly, my 2WD model does not do well in snowy conditions, especially when traveling up hills. Overall, I love my Audi A3. It's very sporty and feels like a luxury car. I don't see many of them on the road, but I think it's just because people don't know the secrets of this car. I give it both thumbs up.
Describing my A3 2.0L which I've owned for 18 months: -2.0L 4 cyl is definitely enough car (which surprised me but it's true!) -sporty-great handling/response to turns -fun to drive -speedy -interior is nicely apointed but simple and classy -for a small car the back seat is roomy and you can carry quite a bit of cargo. -compared to others in it's class, it's affordably priced. -I have not had one quality complaint about this car....no rattles, no bugs, no warranty claims, no service issues what-so-ever. This is the first car I've ever owned that I can say that about! I would not hesitate to suggest an A3 to someone who wants a classy, well-built, fun and sporty car.