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2012 Audi A3 Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Audi A3 Price. Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Audi describes the A3 as the first four-door car with the sportiness of the TT Coupe. Delivering sporty driving dynamics in a premium compact package, the Audi A3 is designed to accommodate an active lifestyle while delivering the quality of a luxury sedan. Audi emphasizes that the A3 is not a wagon, but is designed more like a coupe that sits low to the road with a gentle sloping roofline and a short rear overhang. The Audi A3 incorporates the now trademark Audi single frame grille.

As the old adage goes, “You can’t please all the people all the time.” But that doesn’t mean you can’t try. In this vein, the 2012 Audi A3 has the potential to appeal to a fairly wide and diverse set of car buyers. As Audi’s entry-level model, it offers hatchback sensibilities, a dash of athleticism and even a promise of eco-friendliness.

The A3 maintains a reasonable amount of luxury and style that Audi is known for, thanks to an upscale and classy-looking interior. It’s also versatile thanks to its hatchback/wagon design that provides more cargo space than the typical sedan. The A3 isn’t nearly as roomy as a small luxury crossover SUV (like Audi’s Q5, for instance), but it counters with much more lively handling.

The Audi A3 comes with one of two engines: Audi’s (and parent company Volkswagen’s) familiar and sprightly 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 or a 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel. The TDI isn’t nearly as quick, but it compensates with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg in combined driving. One downside, however, is that Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is not available with the TDI — something to consider if you live in an area prone to inclement weather or if road-holding prowess is a priority.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Audi A3 is a four-door hatchback offered in two trims: Premium and Premium Plus.

Standard equipment on the Premium includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The Bluetooth Value package adds an eight-way power driver seat (includes four-way lumbar adjustment), a multifunction steering wheel and Bluetooth.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Audi A3 is available with either a gasoline (2.0T) or a diesel (TDI) engine. The A3 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, as is a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (known as S tronic) is available. With all-wheel drive, S tronic is standard.

Safety

The 2012 Audi A3 comes standard with front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, whiplash-reducing front headrests, antilock brakes and stability control. Rear-seat side airbags are optional.

Interior Design

Just as with other Audi interiors, the A3′s cabin adopts an understated and classy design language. For the most part, materials are high quality, with metallic vent surrounds and knobs lending a decidedly upscale feel. There are a few more hard plastic elements than you’ll find in other Audi models, however, but they are well textured to blend in seamlessly.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Audi A3′s 2.0-liter gasoline engine provides ample power and is well-matched to either transmission choice. The A3 TDI feels quite energetic around town thanks to its ample torque, but it runs out of steam when charging up a highway on-ramp because of its lack of horsepower. The trade-off is exceptional fuel economy, however, which seems worth it for us.

As with many Audis, the A3′s suspension tuning is on the firm side to enhance performance, yet there’s still enough compliance to soak up most road imperfections. Whether commuting in heavy traffic or cruising down the highway, the A3′s cabin remains pleasantly refined and quiet.

2012 Audi A3

2012 Audi A3 Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3219
City (MPG) : 21
Hwy (MPG) : 30
Horsepower : 200@5100-6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 207@1800-5000
Wheelbase : 101.5
Length (in.) : 168.9
Width (in.) : 78.5
Height (in.) : 56.0

2012 Audi A3 Price :

MSRP range : $27,270 – $30,850
Invoice price range : $25,361 – $28,691

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