2015 Audi A3: Almost Gone and Miss It Already
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on October 23, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Audi A3 is close to hitting the 20,000-mile mark, and that means its time with us is coming to an end. It might be gone by the time you read this. And I'm going to miss it. The A3's smart interior layout, subtle styling and great road manners easily made it one my top picks in our fleet.
Don't get me wrong, though. It wasn't perfect. A few things about the A3 drove me nuts.
One: No backup camera. A $39,745 sticker price and no backup camera? C'mon. A shopper can buy a new Jetta for under $20K and get a backup cam standard. Ron and Cameron give me the stink eye when I complain about a car that doesn't have a backup camera, because I just think it's such an easy addition. And although they have good arguments why I shouldn't be surprised that the Audi lacks such basic tech, I'm not buying it. At nearly $40,000, a rearview camera should be part of the deal.
Two: A see-through sunshade for the panorama sunroof. While driving the A3 to Las Vegas on a recent Saturday afternoon, the sun's gaze followed me for a good 45 minutes. The sunlight was diffused because of the sunshade, but the light peeking in on me was bothersome and there was little I could do about it.
Three: Twinkie-sized rearview mirror.
Okay, fine. The mirror is bigger than a Twinkie. But not by much.
None of these gripes are deal breakers, though. I've recommended the A3 to several friends thinking of getting into the luxury market, including my neighbor who ended up buying one a few weeks ago. She said choosing the A3 was easy because it "checked all the boxes:" Fun to drive, gets good gas mileage, comfortable for her long commute, and looks good. For her it was the perfect fit. She chose to go with Brilliant Black.
I tend to agree with my neighbor. The A3 does check all the boxes. I'm sorry to see it go.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor