I wanted a fun-to-drive car, with a bit more luxury. The A3, being based on the GTI, should be fun-to-drive, and come with nice Audi touches, so I thought this was the car for me. The Audi comfort touches are all there, but sadly, the fun-to-drive was not. The major problem is that in Drive mode, the DSG transmission like to conserve fuel, so it keeps rpm low (1500rpm). This means that when you need power, it takes a long second or two to kick down 2-3 gears to get going, which really really kills the fun-to-drive factor. On Sport mode, it's nice and aggressive (never drops below 3000 rpm), but for daily driving, it's a little too "caffeinated."
Leather seats, quality feel to all controls, auto headlights and wipers. All the creature comforts basically.
Wake up that DSG program in Drive mode! Keep rpm at least above 2000 rpm in Drive. It's embarrassing when you press the accelerator, and nothing happens, and then you press some more, and then the wheels screech from the sudden surge of power from the lower gears. Awful really.
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