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.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 12, 2015
I came back from the weekend rather impressed with our 2015 Audi A3. It takes the stuff Audi does best — interior design, especially — and puts it in a smaller package with few downsides. In fact, the A3's smaller proportions make it easier to park and maneuver.
As luck would have it, an all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic showed up for testing right after I turned in the Audi's keys. In being able to drive the two back-to-back, I was able to revisit the comparison James Riswick wrote in early 2014.
The short version? The comparison is still right, almost two years later.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 29, 2015
After a weekend in our long-term 2015 Audi A3 I realized that it just isn't big enough for me. Well, that's not true. It's definitely big enough for me. I like the way it drives, the driver's seat is snug but not uncomfortable. There's plenty of room for a driver like myself who's only 5-foot-9, but it's definitely not big enough for my friends.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 24, 2015
This one is pretty simple: the air-conditioning in our long-term 2015 Audi A3 is one of the coldest systems I've ever used. Set the system to "LO" and regardless of ambient temperature, the cabin gets really cold, really fast.
August 26, 2015
My mini-vacation mission was simple: drive up north on Pacific Coast Highway, visit wine country, see as much as possible, and hopefully do it in a company car.
Well, luck was on my side as I, a lowly video producer, somehow scored our long-term 2015 Audi A3. At first glance, it's hard to differentiate the A3 to the A4. It's only when you get in that you can see and feel how the interior space is more condensed. But besides the size difference, the other thing that struck me is the interior's minimalist design. Other than the slick-looking screen that slides in and out of the dash, the only other real focal points are the jet turbine-looking air vents.
August 3, 2015
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.
July 29, 2015
I'm new to the whole auto journalist gig. I haven't had the opportunity to drive as many cars as my co-workers and most of the cars I have driven belonged to friends or family, with the occasional rental, taxi or dealership test drive thrown in. That was the only way I could get behind the wheel of something new or different until now.
I recently moved to Santa Monica, near the Edmunds headquarters. I grabbed the key fob to our long-term 2015 Audi A3 and decided to drive around my new city. Sitting in traffic - something I'm growing accustomed to - gave me plenty of time to explore the Audi's cabin.
July 26, 2015
I picked up our repaired 2015 Audi A3 in Boise, Idaho, 900 miles from home. There were several return routes to choose from, and I decided on a modified version of the route our team took when they picked up the 1989 Yugo GVL.
I planned to mirror their trip from Boise to Twin Falls via Interstate 84, then south on U.S. Route 93 to Ely, Nevada. From there I would divert to U.S. Route 6 and Nevada State Route 318 to reconnect with 93, ultimately hitting Interstate 15 near Las Vegas. After a night in Sin City, I'd travel south on I-15 and take I-10 west to the California Route 57 home.
I grabbed a few large bottles of water and began my journey back to California.
May 10, 2015
When we last left off, many months ago, we'd spent the day flying to Houston, retrieving our 2015 Audi A3 from the port and knocking out a photoshoot. The next day we awoke to dreary skies, intending to make Lubbock that night, and setting us up for a run through New Mexico, Tucson, and the last leg home.
A flash rain shower outside of Houston let us test the A3's wipers. They worked. Freakishly well and fast, actually, as this was a hole in the sky that slowed interstate traffic to 35 mph. Then, just as abruptly, it ended. We had smooth sailing into the town of Lockhardt, near Austin, where we stopped for a late breakfast. Black's Barbecue is legend, but we opted instead for Kreuz Market and a half-pound of brisket, sausage links, mac-n-cheese and mini pecan pies.
April 23, 2015
A few months ago I drove our long-term Kia K900 round-trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix. It was a trip that my cemented my impression of the car as underwhelming. Recently I took our long-term 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic on the same route. Call it a comparison test of sorts.
And you know what?
March 20, 2015
March 2, 2015
For a small car, I'm surprised by how much space is allocated for the driver. I know I'm short-legged, but I checked with some of our taller editors and they agree.
February 19, 2015
After installing a rear-facing convertible car seat in the rear center position of our long-term 2015 Audi A3 sedan, I observed that due to the backseat's relatively narrow dimensions, it would be a squeeze to have an adult ride on either side of the car seat.
Over the weekend, I became that adult.
February 13, 2015
A couple of months ago I struck up a conversation with a software developer from Mountain View, California. It turned out we had two similar interests: cars and babies. He told me about how he was planning to sell his previous-generation WRX STI hatchback because he had ordered a 2015 Audi S3, which he thought would be more practical for family use. He had even picked out an infant car seat for his 3-month-old son and color-matched it to the Audi's interior.
Ever the bearer of bad news, I congratulated him on the S3 purchase but said, "Don't be surprised if the rear-facing convertible car seat your son will need in a few months doesn't fit so well in the Audi. Those are a lot bigger, you know."
However, after a couple of nights in our identically sized 2015 Audi A3 sedan, I have to eat my words. See, I was way wrong. This car is a parent's dream for installing rear-facing convertible car seats. It's almost like Audi and its seat supplier factored that into the seat design.
February 3, 2015
A few days ago, I took our 2015 Audi A3 in for its 5,000-mile service. I had some time to kill since I was waiting for the car, so I wandered around the dealership showroom checking out the latest Audi hardware. I stopped by an A4. Out of curiosity, I hopped in the back to see how the A4's rear seat compared to the one in our A3.
January 20, 2015
Audi builds some fantastic highway cruisers. Los Angeles to New York? Sure, no problem if you've got the keys to, say, an A8, A6 or Q7. But along comes the new entry-level 2015 Audi A3. Some concern would be justified. How much of the traditional luxury sedan experience do you still get from this $29,900 (base price) vehicle? Well, at least in terms of my highway driving experiences with our long-term car so far, a pretty decent amount, I'd say.
January 8, 2015
We recently tested our 2015 Audi A3 and part of the pre-flight check-in procedure is to check and/or inflate the tires to the recommended values. Often, this means opening the driver's door (or fuel-filler door), checking the placard for the recommended pound-per-square inch (psi) and setting front and rear pressures.
January 2, 2015
The 2015 Audi A3 has the best dash vents in the history of dashboards. Seriously, it does. These little ducts are adjustable in any direction, consume minimal dash space, and can be completely shut off by turning the chrome trim ring. Also, they look like they belong in an airplane.
December 30, 2014
Even though the 2015 Audi A3 is the smallest sedan in the company's range, it still offers a surprisingly roomy rear seat. In fact, one look at the official specs reveals some surprising numbers.
According to Audi, the A3 offers 35.1 inches of rear seat legroom. A meaningless number until you consider that the Audi A4, which has a nearly 7-inch longer wheelbase only has 35.2 inches of legroom.
November 21, 2014
On paper our 2015 Audi A3 looks like it has a trunk that's too small to fit much of anything. The official number is 10 cubic feet, which is nothing for a modern sedan. There are convertibles that offer similar space and even our slope-backed Mercedes-Benz CLA boasts over 13 cubic feet.
October 29, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic is a new, front-wheel-drive-based entry-level sedan from a German automaker. Our long-term Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a new, front wheel-drive-based entry-level sedan from a German automaker.
Despite these similarities, they are, in fact, different. I know, amazing stuff, right?
October 23, 2014
After giving the Mercedes-Benz CLA a try for a year, we figured the new A3 would be an interesting follow-up. With a base price of just over $30K, the A3 costs roughly the same and offers similar equipment and space. But does it offer something the Mercedes doesn't?