2015 Audi A3: Loves a 500-Mile Day
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 15, 2015
Last Saturday our long-term 2015 Audi A3 and I spent 500 miles together. Such a day of driving can kill a friendship, or worse, end a love affair.
Not this time. The Audi and I are still hot for each other.
With only a few weeks to go in our 12-month test, the A3 continues to impress.
The drive from Los Angeles to Firebaugh is a 250-mile straight shot up Interstate 5. We were there by noon, despite a relaxed fuel and bathroom stop at the legendary Harris Ranch about 200 miles in. After a few hours of soaking in the heat, dust and nostalgic drag racing at Eagle Field, we were southbound and home by seven.
The A3 made the drive pain-free. It manages to be engaging but not fatiguing. It's extremely quiet, comfortable and relaxing as the miles pile on. The ride, which feels perfectly sporty around town, takes on a delightful ease and a welcome calm on the interstate. And its optional sport seats and seating position are perfect. PERFECT.
But don't misunderstand, the A3 is no wallflower. This little sedan gets it done with awesome high-speed stability and plenty of passing power. It's not willing to get around those trucks; it wants to get around those trucks.
And then there's the fuel economy. The EPA rates the A3 at 33 mpg highway and 24 mpg in the city. I averaged 27 mpg on this road trip. A bit disappointing, but the A3 and I passed a lot of trucks, if you know what I mean.
This is a great car. After nearly 12-months and 20,000 miles I've yet to find its failing, its deficiency, the flaw that would keep me from buying one. Is it perfect? No, no car is. But I'm as enamored with this this A3 as the day it first arrived at our offices. And I'm convinced it's the best car in its class.
Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief