2015 Audi A3 - Road Test Specs

2015 Audi A3 Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2015 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium Quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr five-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$33,795
Options on test vehicleAudi MMI Navigation ($1,900 -- includes MMI Navigation Plus, Driver Information System with trip computer, Mmi Navigation High Control Panel); Cold Weather Package ($500 -- includes heated front seats, heated mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles); Aluminum Style Package ($450 -- includes aluminum interior package, aluminum Mistral silver inlays, high gloss window surrounds)
As-tested MSRP$36,645
Assembly locationGyor, Hungary
North American parts content (%)0
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984/121
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.6
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,050
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)220 @ 4,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 1,600
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeSix-speed auto-clutch manual with console shifter and Sport/Competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=2.923; II=1.792; III=1.143; IV=0.778; V=0.800; VI=0.639; R=3.990
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.444
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.3
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size225/45R17 91H
Wheel size17-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front12.3-inch one-piece ventilated rotors with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.7-inch solid rotors with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.3
0-45 mph (sec.)3.8
0-60 mph (sec.)5.8
0-75 mph (sec.)8.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 98.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.2
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 96.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.89
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)40
@ Full throttle (dB)71.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.3
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAs always, a fantastic little turbo-4 from Audi: smooth, willing and hard-revving. There's some definite hesitation off the line with ESC on and when not using any throttle/brake overlap. I think it's a combination of minor turbo lag plus dual-clutch transmission laziness. What was interesting is that the car will go into some kind of a launch control mode if you do the brake/throttle overlap with the transmission in Sport or Manual. Floor the throttle with your left foot on the brake and it will raise and hold the revs to 3,000 rpm. After you release the brake, things stay stationary for what seems like a second or so, which is strange, and then it feels like there's still quite a bit of clutch slip, as it's not as hard of a launch as you might think (especially since it has perfect traction from the Quattro AWD). The transmission shifts quickly in any mode, but especially so in this launch mode. Manual shifting is via the console lever (pull back for downshifts). It does blip the throttle on downshifts but it does not hold gears to the rev limiter in Manual mode.
Braking commentsNice firm pedal, normal amount of travel. Well-controlled stops, minimal nosedive, minimal ABS commotion. First stop was 120 feet. Second stop was shortest at 118 feet. As a testament to the braking consistency, the fifth stop (out of six) was the longest at 122 feet.
Handling commentsSlalom: An agile handler for sure. Intuitive steering that's just quick enough. Other than feeling a bit "springy," the suspension is well-tuned for aggressive handling maneuvers. The stability control system is appropriate as well, the Sport mode allowing for extra aggressive driving before it cuts in. Overall, the A3 gives good feedback to the driver and never does anything that surprises you. Skid pad: What becomes immediately obvious here, whether with the stability control switched on, in Sport or fully off, is that the A3 is a playful little car. Feeding the throttle in and out almost immediately changes the car's attitude from understeer to slight oversteer. And this, in an all-wheel-drive car, which are usually known for their steady-state understeer. These are nicely grippy all-season tires.
Testing Conditions
Test date2/18/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)71.44
Relative humidity (%)37.56
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.78
Wind (mph, direction)1.69, head
Odometer (mi.)909
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/33
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 combined (24 city/33 highway)
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5
Driving range (mi.)0
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo description10-speaker with CD player
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable SD card
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar, front and rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning with active correction
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,362
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,338
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.6/41.4
Length (in.)175.4
Width (in.)77.2
Height (in.)55.7
Wheelbase (in.)103.8
Track, front (in.)61.2
Track, rear (in.)60.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.1
Headroom, front (in.)36.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.0
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)10
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles

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