Traded in my 2007 MS3 for a 2012 w/ tech package.
Even though many shun from the new "smiley" look, the added features of the tech package will make you overlook the car's questionable design. Even though the older MS3 felt more aggressive, the new one has longer 1st and 2nd gears with a lot less torque steer.
Gas mileage stays the same (19-21 city; ~30 hwy).
Road noise is somewhat loud but tolerable. Nav screen is too small and more difficult to use compared to the nav in the older models. The hood scoop looks amazing and gives the car that POWER look. This car definitely gets a lot of looks, more than the older model for sure.
Tech package!!! smart key is pretty cool and convenient.
There's the blind side monitoring system, which is new for the 2012 model. Also, hood scoop for that more aggressive look.
Decrease road noise.
Make Nav screen bigger and more user friendly.
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