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.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 7, 2015
One bit of trickle-down tech benefiting our junior 2015 Audi A3 is a power hideaway infotainment screen. Press a button and it quickly tucks into the dash. The feature is neat. It's clean. It's smooth. And it's not long for this world.
The 2017 Audi A4, which I test drove a few weeks ago, didn't have a hideaway touchscreen. Audi skipped the feature on the new car, citing an internal study that showed too few people actually used it on the previous A4. This made me realize that I didn't use it much, either.
And what's true for the upcoming A4 is likely true for the next A3.
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.
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 14, 2015
I'm a simple guy. I like 1980s-era video games. My mountain bike doesn't have a bunch of gears. I use a Crock-Pot. I'm all about simple and easy.
So it should come as no surprise that I absolutely love the HVAC system in our long-term 2015 Audi A3. Three simple knobs to control what should be a simple operation. Simply wonderful.
Turn the knob closest to you to change the temperature. That little knob in the middle controls the fan speed or turns the system off. The knob on the passenger's side controls the passenger temperature. These functions can be done without taking your eyes off the road. Three cheers for simple.
As an added bonus, these knobs look and feel substantial.
June 16, 2015
You might have second thoughts about the size of the trunk in the 2015 Audi A3 sedan if you just dwell on the rated capacity. As Scott Oldham recently pointed out, 10.0 cubic feet is not a terribly impressive figure. Interestingly, that number goes with the 2.0T version, which is what we have.
Audi says the 1.8T can hold a more respectable 12.3 cubic feet in its trunk. Same goes for the TDI. Why the difference?
April 30, 2015
Although I'm only 5-foot 7-inches tall, I love the extending bottom seat cushions in our 2015 Audi A3 test car. The extra few inches of thigh support makes for a much more comfortable driving position.
But what I don't like is the constant gunk that falls into those cracks.
April 28, 2015
On the way to school, my kid lifted the lid on the 2015 Audi A3's center console to attach her iPhone to the handy power cord inside. I didn't hear any noise when she initially lifted the lid, but when she closed it, we both heard a loud squeeeeak. So I moved the lid up and down one more time.
It sounded like this:
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 30, 2015
Our 2015 Audi A3 has a fair amount of equipment on it. We've got the bigger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the mid-grade Premium Plus trim level, the MMI interface with navigation, and a Sport package.
One feature conspicuously missing, however, is a rearview camera.
January 16, 2015
I was poking around the menu of our 2015 Audi A3 and wondered what "Service Wallet" was. It turns out it should be called "Tutorial Materials" or something similar. Dive on in and you'll find a wealth of information, including but not limited to the proper use of the S Tronic automated manual transmission. There's a thorough explanation of how the transmission works (with nifty cut-away video) and how to use it properly. Pretty cool Easter Egg.
January 15, 2015
Even if our 2015 Audi A3 was my own car, looking down at all those button blanks would always make me wonder, "What option or feature did I not get on this car?" I had had enough, so I checked the owner's manual to find what labels might adorn this line of fixed blocks.
January 6, 2015
I was driving to an Edmunds testing session in our 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic just a few days ago when the infotainment system had a minor meltdown (the photo you see here is a near-reenactment of the event, not the actual event).
I had a CD going in the glove box player, and it was 21 seconds into Shovels and Rope's "Kemba's Got the Cabbage Moth Blues" when the song stopped and a high-pitched warning sound reverberated throughout the cabin.
Now at this point you might be asking, "Who the heck still listens to CDs?" Answer: Old Man Monticello, at least when I get a new one in and before I transfer it to my iPod.
To that point, I ask, "Who the heck still puts CD players in glove boxes in 2015?" Answer: Audi.
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 20, 2014
This should hardly be worth mentioning in a modern luxury car. I'm talking about simple, easy-to-use climate controls that can be used at a glance. Seems obvious, but plenty of cars get it wrong. Our 2015 Audi A3 is not one of them.
November 12, 2014
I like a trip reset button that is easy to find and easy to use. This is certainly the case with our long-term 2015 Audi A3.
November 11, 2014
Texas. The unending plains state. Vast. Huge. Maybe the only state in the nation more self-absorbed than California. It's ironic that we're here to pick up one of Audi's most diminutive models in America.
We had two options: Wait several weeks for a truck to haul our new 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic long-termer back from Texas, or fly to Houston and ride it across the plains and southwest ourselves in a weekend. Around this office you only need the flimsiest of excuses for a road trip. Kurt Niebuhr and I raised our hands.
November 7, 2014
What's black and brown and red all over? Our Brilliant Red 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic has an interesting combination of black and brown interior. And when I say interesting I mean weird.