Audi A3 Review

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Despite sharing underpinnings with the Volkswagen Golf, the Audi A3 is its own beast. The small sports sedan features athletic powertrains, engaging handling, and an upscale cabin that give it a more-than-entry-level feel. After skipping over the 2021 model year, the A3 is new for 2022.

Audi says its entry-level car has been completely overhauled for the 2022 model year, which brings sharp style and refreshed technology, inside and out. The 2022 Audi A3 will be available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All trims are available with all-wheel drive (AWD), but front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard.
The A3’s styling updates give it a wider stance with sharper and more pronounced side sculpting. A new grille with a stronger honeycomb design, along with an aggressively sculpted hood and new headlight design, complete the changes.

All models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Power hits the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A3 also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the first time, which helps fill in torque at low engine speeds, gives the car better acceleration, and even allows the engine to shut off and the car to coast in some situations.

An updated interior comes standard with heated, eight-way power front seats that can be upgraded with a memory function. A panoramic sunroof is standard, along with tri-zone climate controls and leather upholstery. New color options are available, including Santos Brown with Steel Gray stitching and Parchment Beige with Steel Gray stitching.

A 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard and runs Audi’s latest MIB 3 infotainment system with handwriting recognition. A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, but a 12.3-inch display is available with Virtual Cockpit. The technology allows maps, audio, and infotainment functions to be displayed in the gauge cluster. Three gauge modes are available, which change with the drive mode selection. They include Dynamic, Sport, and Classic. Audi notes that a head-up display is available for the first time as well.

A few advanced driver aids are standard, but most are held back as optional features. Audi Pre-Sense Basic is standard, which will automatically close side windows, close the sunroof, and pre-tensions the front seatbelts in the event of a collision. Audi Pre-Sense Front uses the car’s camera and radar to alert the driver to upcoming hazards. Automatic high beams and lane-departure warnings are also standard. Several features are available, which include a parking assistance system, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and Audi Pre-Sense Rear.

The 2022 Audi A3 goes on sale later in 2021. The base A3 Premium starts at $34,945, which includes a $1,045 destination charge. The A3 Premium Plus starts at $38,245, and the Prestige model starts at $42,245. Adding AWD bumps up the price by $2,000 regardless of trim level.

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