Road Trip Turns Compact Sedan Into Favorite Car Ever - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test
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2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Audi A3: Road Trip Turns Compact Sedan Into Favorite Car Ever

August 3, 2015

2015 Audi A3

I wasn't planning to take my daughter to visit her grandparents 380 miles north in California's Central Valley. But they're 90 - as in years old - so anytime it works into our schedule, I figure we'd better make the trip.

Typically for these adventures, I'd drag home an SUV or minivan, something big and comfortable. But since this was a last-minute decision and it was just me and the kid, I instead grabbed the keys to the 2015 Audi A3 that my husband drove home. He was out of town for the weekend, and the A3 has Wi-Fi, a feature I knew would please my teenage travel hostage.

What an awesome decision it was to take the Audi.

First off, although I really favor the Audi lineup, I hadn't particularly warmed to our A3 tester. I lean toward mostly oversized vehicles, and the A3 seemed a little cramped to me. I also thought it was a little too stripped-down inside, which made it even less comfortable.

But what I realized on this trip was how much fun it is to actually drive the A3.

Plenty of power for passing the vegetable-laden semi-trucks clogging up California's heartland, great brakes for when said trucks inexplicably cut back in front of you, responsive steering for that last-second dive onto the freeway exit in search of the new Carl's Jr Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich - these are all A3 attributes that I not only liked, but seriously enjoyed.

And when the heavens opened up and smiled upon drought-plagued Cali with an unexpected thunderstorm, I said, "Quattro? Rain-sensing wipers? Woo-hoo!" Turns out, the A3 isn't cramped or uncomfortable either.

Man, am I glad Ed was out of town.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 15,474 miles

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