2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test - Performance

2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Audi A3: Loves a 500-Mile Day

by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 15, 2015

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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.

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2015 Audi A3: Still Better Than the Benz

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 12, 2015

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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.

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

August 3, 2015

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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.

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2015 Audi A3: Hitting Its Stride at 15K Miles

July 23, 2015

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In the last eight weeks, our 2015 Audi A3 racked-up an easy 5,000 miles. Playing chase car from L.A. to Idaho for the purchase of our glorified 1989 Yugo test car earned us 1,800 miles round-trip, although the return was delayed when the A3 took a hit to its oil pan.

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2015 Audi A3: The Northern Road to Idaho

June 22, 2015

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I don't remember visiting Idaho before. It has never come up. That changed this week. Someone found a unique classic car for our long-term test fleet, and I went along to help get it home in one piece. I figured the 2015 Audi A3 would be the right car for the job. Besides, I had already loaded the trunk with the replacement tires our new acquisition would need.

We chose U.S. Route 395 up California's eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada. It's a slightly more direct route than the interstate options, but the real reason was we figured the scenery would be more beautiful.

This was a good move.

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2015 Audi A3: No Need for Drive Select

June 11, 2015

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The "Drive Select" feature in our 2015 Audi A3 is a nice piece of technology. It allows you to adjust the throttle sensitivity, transmission program, steering weight and, if equipped, the suspension settings.

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2015 Audi A3: Houston to LA: Brisket, Barflies and a Long Road Home

May 10, 2015

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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.

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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic: Better Long-Haul Comfort Than Our Luxury Kia

April 23, 2015

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic

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?

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2015 Audi A3: Nimble Handling

April 1, 2015

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I've driven our 2015 Audi A3 quite a few times the past three months. Most of that time has been spent commuting, kid schlepping and general life stuff. But occasionally I've zipped through a turn quickly and thought to myself, "Dang, this thing is pretty capable."

Just yesterday I made a special trip on some lightly- trafficked roads to learn more about the A3's handling characteristics in further detail.

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2015 Audi A3: Fresh and New Every Time I See It

February 18, 2015

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With the exception of the R8, Audis have looked pretty much the same for the last 10 years. I feel like I should be tired of this design by now, and on a car like the A6 (which I feel is too big to be fun on a good road, yet too small to be out-and-out luxurious), I really am tired of it. Yet, our long-term 2015 Audi A3 sedan looks fresh and new to me every time I walk up to it.

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2015 Audi A3: Performance Tested

January 13, 2015

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From the simple luxury of its cockpit to the wonderful driving dynamics, it is easy to see why the 2015 Audi A3 is one of our favorite entry-level luxury sedans. Having hard data to back up our driving impressions is crucial to objectively analyze a car, and the A3 gives its competitors a real workout on the performance front. We brought our new A3 to our test track to get a full picture of how the luxury subcompact fares against our old long-term Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

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2015 Audi A3: Checking Tire Pressure

January 8, 2015

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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.

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2015 Audi A3: Crash Test Scores

December 15, 2014

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The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) awarded the 2015 Audi A3 the top score of 5 stars in its overall safety rating. It scored four stars in the front crash test and rollover crash test, and five stars in the side crash test.

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2015 Audi A3: All the Power It Needs

December 5, 2014

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I'm sure the Audi S3 is fun and all with its 292-horsepower engine, but the 220-hp 2.0-liter in our 2015 Audi A3 feels like the perfect fit for this car.

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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic: Drive Refinement

October 29, 2014

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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?

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2015 Audi A3: Introduction

October 23, 2014

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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?

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