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2007 Audi A3 Wagon

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Audi A3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 250 hp @ 6300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Audi A3

  • Sporty, luxurious and practical, the Audi A3 offers good value for small wagon/hatchback buyers, provided they resist the pricey option packages.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Slick DSG transmission, great driving dynamics, versatile interior space, powerful and sophisticated engines, outstanding safety for a small car.

  • Cons

    Cargo and rear-seat legroom a bit tight, steep price of 3.2 version nullifies value proposition of Audi's entry-level car.

  • What's New for 2007

    For the 2007 Audi A3, the big news is the options packages. On the 2.0T model, the "S line" package replaces last year's Sport package and adds unique front and rear fascias. The A3 is also available with a new Technology Package that offers bi-xenon headlights and Bluetooth capability. Satellite radio choice is limited to Sirius, and Audi's free maintenance program is discontinued.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Certified used

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

I bought this A3 with 7000 miles and it displayed very little wear. After driving it for a month in icy and snowy conditions I am very impressed. The stock all season tires get the job done but the fronts are worn a good bit. There are no rattles and the s-tronic transmission works very well. Handling is excellent and the mileage is decent considering the power and weight, about 20mpg in mixed winter driving. The A3 tends to be very touchy when accelerating from a stop, it's jerky and hard to achieve a smooth getaway. The brakes are excellent. Overall, I'm very pleased with the interior quality and look of the A3. I drove the 2.0 turbo and I feel the V6 is considerably better.



2 of 10 people found this review helpful

Design error

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

Have an A4, love it, decided to get an A3. Worse mileage than our truck, turns 3000 RPMs at highway speed, can't even make 10MPH in 1st gear. TERRIBLE design point. We've contacted Audi, they blame everyone else (dealer, etc) - but it is the worst design I have seen in 30 years of buying cars. Lighter than the A4, same power (V6), smaller, and about 10MPG worse than the A4 - blows my mind. We won't touch Audi again - due to Audi USA refusing to discuss, acknowledge, suggest fixes (ie, different gear ratio in the differentials). By the way, I'm an engineer, have extensive auto experience...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wow

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

I wanted a 4-door hatchback for flexibility but didn't want to compromise on performance or drive a huge wagon around. There are a lot of sedans in this price range, but the hatch and folding seats give much more utility. I settled firmly on the 2.0T after reviews and test drives, even though it lacked AWD. I drove the 3.2 solely to prevent buyer's remorse and curiosity afterwards, and that was the one I had to get. Outside the trip I took to break it in, I've put more than 2K miles on it in 3 months and that is with restraint (daily commute is <10 miles RT). It is much more fun to drive than my last car (01 Grand Prix GTP) and sometimes I drive past home and just keep going.




An "adult" kind of giddy

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

Okay, so I just bought my new A3 3.2 AWD Quattro today after driving the Volvo S40 T5 and the Acura TL-S. The Volvo was nice, but not in the same class, and the Acura was a great car, but a bit bigger than I wanted. The Audi is an awesome car. So much fun. Some folks say that the power gain in the 3.2 isn't worth the increased price. My feeling (having driven both) is that the 3.2 provides a much more steady power (no lag) and is better suited to the AWD. I felt the same way when I chose my VW GTI VR6 over the 1.8T a few years back. Steady power from the very low RPMs. Beyond that, the build quality is great, the nav system is awesome, and I'm smiling!




The greatest sleeper

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

I traded an 04 R32 for the A3 and haven't been disappointed yet. It has good performance and is fun to drive fast or slow. DSG is just great.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

A3 - what a car

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

When I first saw this car I wasn’t in the market for a new car. I was driving a GTI 2002 and was pretty happy with it until I saw the A3 and fell in love with the looks. Then I drove it, wow!!! No other car has the full time all wheel drive and this much power to boot. The transmission is outstanding. You just point it in the direction you want it to go and it goes with precision handling, dry or wet surface. And sport mode brings the car to another level. I am a big fan of a good 6 speed manual transmission, until I drove this car in sports mode. Everything a manual transmission does without the human error. Perfection. I can’t wait for an S3 or an SR3, hoping it will come out.



Full 2007 Audi A3 Review

What's New for 2007

For the 2007 Audi A3, the big news is the options packages. On the 2.0T model, the "S line" package replaces last year's Sport package and adds unique front and rear fascias. The A3 is also available with a new Technology Package that offers bi-xenon headlights and Bluetooth capability. Satellite radio choice is limited to Sirius, and Audi's free maintenance program is discontinued.

Introduction

Proving the old adage that good things come in small packages, the 2007 Audi A3 sport hatchback provides an entertaining drive as well as the versatility of a small wagon. Available in Europe for a few years before it debuted in the U.S. for 2006, the A3 offers all the expected Audi attributes, such as a finely finished cabin and agile driving dynamics, in a vehicle with a smaller footprint and a smaller price tag than the company's compact A4 series.

The A3's European breeding is evident in the car's no-nonsense design. This is a chiseled, small wagon/four-door hatchback that exudes class and purpose. Under that taut skin is either a turbocharged inline four ("2.0T") or a muscular V6 ("3.2 quattro"), and either can be matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox). The DSG is a sequential-shift manual transmission, and it can be operated using paddle shifters on the steering wheel or placed in a fully automatic mode. Overall, it's a brilliant piece of equipment and should appeal to buyers interested in combining manual-like fuel economy and fun with the convenience of an automatic.

Starting at around $25,000, the 2007 A3 2.0T is something of a bargain for an upscale sport wagon. That is, if one can resist the charms of the various optional packages that can quickly push the sticker past the 30 grand threshold. As far as the 3.2 quattro model, it's a nice car, but it's not much quicker than the 2.0T model and is simply too pricey for something of its size. At that point, we'd suggest considering a lightly optioned A4 Avant (wagon).

But bigger is not better for everyone. The A3 matches the foot-longer A4 in personality and looks, while being easier to park and giving up just 3 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. And although a Mazda 6 or Subaru Legacy GT wagon might seem a better value than an Audi A3 in the cold analytical sense, we doubt anybody would regret their purchase of this finely crafted sport hatch that's just oozing with European personality.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A single body style, a four-door hatchback/wagon, is offered on the 2007 Audi A3. There are two trim levels, 2.0T and 3.2 quattro. A wealth of standard features come on the 2.0T, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch power windows, keyless entry and a 10-speaker audio system. For those wanting more, a trio of option packages are also available. A new "S line" package provides a firmer suspension, foglights, sport seats, aluminum interior trim, unique front and rear fascias and a roof spoiler. A premium package adds leather seating, a power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers and HomeLink.

The 3.2 quattro includes virtually all of the equipment from the S-line and premium packages as standard. Optional on both trims is a new technology package that provides Bluetooth capability and bi-xenon headlights. A la carte options include a dual-pane sunroof, a navigation system and a Bose audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive A3 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four that makes 200 horsepower. Blessed with a broad power band, it propels this A3 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds. The 2.0T's standard transmission is a six-speed manual, with Audi's DSG as optional. With its rev-matching downshifts and lightning-quick gearchanges, the DSG is tops among manually-shiftable automatics.

The A3 3.2 quattro features a 3.2-liter, 250-hp V6 that comes matched to the DSG transmission. Although the 3.2 quattro's standard all-wheel drive will be an asset for those who face slippery driving conditions, the heavier weight of this A3 means not much is gained in performance, as the sprint to 60 mph takes 6.8 seconds.

Safety

A wealth of safety technologies are standard in the Audi A3, including front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and stability control. Seat-mounted side airbags for rear passengers are optional. In IIHS crash testing, the A3 earned ratings of "Good" (the highest possible) in both the frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

True to its Audi lineage, the A3 features a cabin that boasts excellent materials and build quality. Styling cues seen in its siblings, such as real metallic accents and large gauges, are apparent. The interior's total volume is equal to that of the 1996-2001 A4 Avant (wagon). And maximum cargo capacity, at 56 cubic feet, is just 3 cubes less than that of the current A4 wagon.

Driving Impressions

Whether you choose the 2.0T or 3.2 quattro, brisk performance is at hand for passing and merging maneuvers. When the curves come up, the A3's electromechanical steering does a superb job of quelling vibrations and kickback without marring feedback. In typical Audi fashion, the ride is comfortably firm and the A3's handling is just as sporty as its larger siblings'. The junior Audi's well-tuned suspension keeps the car buttoned down in the turns, even as midcorner pavement imperfections try to knock it off line.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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