All the Power It Needs - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Audi A3: All the Power It Needs

December 5, 2014

2015 Audi A3

I'm sure the Audi S3 is fun and all with its 292-horsepower engine, but the 220-hp 2.0-liter in our 2015 Audi A3 feels like the perfect fit for this car.

It's powerful enough to feel fast, but not so strong that it's constantly straining the rest of the drivetrain. Everything feels perfectly refined and smooth. The throttle response, the transmission shifts, and even the all-wheel-drive system are all tuned to perfection.

The result is a car that's never nervous or jumpy like some high-performance sedans. It makes the A3 great for commuting and other such mundane tasks even if it has plenty of performance in reserve should the mood or conditions allow.

Maybe after more seat time I'll get used to the power and start wishing for more. Until then, this A3 will be my favorite example of a four-cylinder sedan that doesn't need another cylinder or two to make it perfect.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


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