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Nice compromise between GTI and BMW 3
By Jay on 05/31/08 07:03 AM (PDT)

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2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

My Audi A3 6MT is a blast to drive. It has mostly every feature I could ever want. It gets great mileage, is comfortable, fun, sexy. If you're looking at a cheap BMW 3 series, but don't want to spend $38K to get the options you want, but don't want to settle for a VW, then this is the car for you. Audi really knows what they are doing!
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The big little German
By Jos G on 04/28/08 06:58 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

I've had this car now for a few months and am still impressed. I reviewed all the others in its class with extensive test drives for its competitors. The package is unmatched - performance, looks, build quality. This is the sexiest wagon on the road bar none. Strong selling points were: Great gas mileage 26/31 (actual). Adaptive lighting - to be able to see that deer around the corner before you hit it. DSG - Audi Innovation. Super smooth - six speed. Speed sensitive steering - No other car in its class has this. Overall, very few do. Easy steering in the parking lot that tightens as you go faster. Blue Sky package. Top notch audio - stock system rock too. Price/performance
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Why didn't I buy one sooner?
By slushbox on 04/21/08 12:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Having been a BMW loyalist the last 8 years, buying a hatchback from Audi was a huge leap of faith. It was, however, the best decision I could have made. If you don't get silly with some of the options, this vehicle provides the optimum balance of performance, fuel economy, prestige, utility, and comfort. There are plenty of other cars that do each of these better, but the whole of the A3 is greater than the sum of its parts. Taking off ramps at 25+ MPH gives me the same giddiness as my last BMW did. It turns heads, and the interior is extremely well thought out. The trunk holds a lot of space, the mileage it gets is quite respectable, and it turns heads wherever I drive.
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1-Year Update on A3 2.0T DSG
By jlesica on 03/28/08 06:03 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

I'm nearing 1 year of ownership! Haven't put on many miles (13k), but most were hard miles through Boston. Car was outstanding in the winter, traction control and stability performed very nicely. I was considering the Quattro when I bought it, but now I'm glad I didn't spend the extra 8k, it's not worth it. No mechanical problems to speak of. I found out that a golf bag won't fit in the back without putting the seat down. Maybe time to upgrade to an A4 Wagon? If only it had the A3 interior. Oh yea, and for those confused by the fact you can't tilt the windshield wipers up in the winter before a storm, turn the car off then hit the wiper lever, they come half way up!
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Looking for comfortable seats?
By Seattle on 03/18/08 18:00 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

I love this car. Really fun to drive, sticks like glue to curves, great visibility, sporty but comfortable driving experience. I test drove a lot of small cars before deciding on this one, and preferred it to the A4.
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Awesome car
By david on 03/15/08 11:02 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

This is an awesome car and fun to drive. Would recommend this over 3 series any day. Shifting is really smooth and the acceleration is great, got upgraded stereo and S-line package and I feel it was worth the money... stiffer seats/suspension. Heated seats work great and the AC cools down nice and quickly.
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Perfect City Car; Compact Luxury.
By Noah on 03/08/08 20:25 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

After years with an A4 Avant, this has not been a step down at all! I figured I would be sacrificing space and luxury for MPG and the convenience of a compact, but not really the case; roomy interior and meticulous detail (I could live without the carbon fiber trim look, however). Way easier to park in the city, better mileage, and far quicker than the A4. Overall, if you don't need the Quattro I can't see a reason to get a new A4 Avant when this option is out there.
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Refinement and Invigoration in One
By JW on 03/08/08 20:04 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T PZEV 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Just purchased my A3, and after driving about town a bit now, I can say with certainty that this is a unique ride. Just like BMWs seem to combine refinement with performance, this car does the same, with a bit more raw feeling, less cush. If you are even thinking about a BMW, or one of the many alternative, do not let the A3 slip your list, this car is great! It's like play toy that has all the creature comforts you could want.
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Not worth the money
By Mike on 03/01/08 05:07 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

Needed a hatchback for our big dog. At least got that goal accomplished. Other than that: short gear ratios (2,500 rpm at 60mph) ruin the gas mileage. No fun at all on highway / interstate. What is the point putting the GTI gearbox (built for 16 year olds) in an Audi? Same audience? Car seems to have some kind of slope sensor. Transmission doesn't shift up when going up hill. Car runs uphill at 3,000 rpm and need shift manually i.o. to save gas. DSG transmission is nice but hypersensitive. It's a roller coaster ride when car is cold. A/C has a mind of it's own and takes a scientist to operate. Blower keeps changing speed. No homelink. No self-contained sun visor upgrade available.
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Quattro for life
By Quattro rocks. on 02/04/08 20:42 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Bullet fast. Sticks to the road like glue. Modern interior design. Awesome sound system. Torque and horsepower to spare. Quattro all wheel drive. This car is worth every penny, and is truly a driver's car. The A3 3.2 is a total blast to drive. Spent the better part of 1 year comparing the A3 3.2 Quattro to the IS 250 AWD, Infiniti G35, Acura TL, and the BMW 325xi. The Audi is the thinking man's BMW, whatever that means. Gas mileage not all that great, but nobody buys a 250 hp v6 for the gas mileage... you buy it for the big grin it puts on your face when you hammer the throttle. I love this car, go buy one now!
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