I had to get a 4 door b/c I was pregnant but I wanted as close to a sports car w/4 doors as possible. After much research and reading, I found the A3. I am a true car junkie- grew up reading my dad's car mags & this car does everything I need it to and more. I have the S-Line & although I got the automatic instead of manual trans (hard to shift & find binkies), it is a blast to drive! The acceleration esp when you go to pass is amazing- put your foot down &/or downshift & it just goes! I know it's a little small (I'm 5'2") but my 6' husband & tall step kids all fit w/my Britax car seat. I love the hatch & when the time comes, I'll just get another one!
Performance, seats, controls and interior- I hate wood and love the S-line accents.