Blurring the lines between hatchback and wagon, wearing subtle but aggressive styling, and shod with large alloy wheels, the 2011 Audi A3 is a stylish choice for the sporty luxury compact buyer. A diesel version lets the enthusiast satisfy any green inclinations, too, clocking 42 mpg. At MotorAuthority, we score the Audi A3 an 8 for its performance and luxury features.
It's the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that most will opt for, however, and its 200-horsepower output will satisfy. Paired with the quick-shifting S tronic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive, the A3 is a bit of a miniature drivetrain tech powerhouse as well. A manual transmission is available as well., though you'll give up the quattro all-wheel drive to get the stick shifter, as you will with the TDI.
Handling is light and direct, with a refined ride quality that doesn't take away too much from the outright performance of the car. That's enabled in part by a magnetic ride system that adjusts damping on the fly...
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