2015 Audi A3 TDI is Like a Diesel Go-Kart: Review

When Audi’s launch plans for the new A3 leaked, we all had a few laughs at the company’s expense. Audi wanted the events to cater towards the hipster/millennial/handlebar mustache generation. AKA, a group that only vaguely exists in real life. Sure you can count on a few bearded weirdos in Portland and San Francisco to fit into that demographic, but for the rest of us, it didn't really hit home. But with all the tailored marketing and hashtags, would the Audi A3 live up to its reputation as "A car for hipsters?" RELATED: See Photos of the All-New Audi A3 No. Not really. It’s still an Audi, after all, and that’s sort of what made me love it even more than the marketing lead me to believe. Could you imagine what a hipster car would be like anyways? It’d probably smell like patchouli, and have a PBR fountain in the trunk. That car would be terrible, frankly. Good news is, the A3 isn’t. Using the VAG MQB platform — the same platform that underpins the Golf, TT, and five other cars — Audi has developed a car that is equal parts luxury and style. But the A3’s character is a bit hard to pinpoint at first. RELATED: See Photos of the All-New Audi S3 When you step into the car, you’re greeted with a wonderful steering wheel. Its diminutive size makes it perfect for quick directional changes, but not so small to where it feels awkward in your hands. The wheel feels very Sparco-esque in its construction, perfect for carving corners and gripping the wheel tightly, but a bit wonky for a small luxury car. But where Audi did an excellent job was in the buttons on the steering wheel. Rather than design a hotbed of buttons, everything on the wheel is perfectly in reach or completely out of the way for when you need them. That said, the steering wheel's small size doesn’t imbue a luxury feel, but rather a sports car nature which the chassis continues to imply once you start driving. The chassis and suspension work on this little car are phenomenal. Throughout my time with the car, I never felt those FWD antics that plague small cars such as torque steer or understeer. This car is so neutral that you could chuck it into a turn with your foot planted and not have to lift. Comparing that to other cars, it felt more like the (AWD) Subaru STI than (FWD) Ford Fiesta ST. While the A3 has more in common with its platform siblings than I initially perceived, its good looks and great chassis surely make up for the semi-sparse cabin. Which isn’t quite up to its siblings standards. The interior space doesn’t have the same quality German luxury. Rather, it feels very much like an up market Lincoln, to be honest. I like all the materials used, none feel like the cheap plastic or leather that many other car companies employ. It’s just that it doesn’t exactly feel special or particularly comfortable, especially the seats which are entirely too hard for anything longer than a few hours. The cabin just isn’t cushy enough for the badge it’s carrying. Which is a shame since this car is paired with one of my favorite engines of all time — the TDI. RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Audi TT I may sound like every other auto journalist when I say I love diesels, but come on people, diesels are so good. All that torque down low just makes for epically fun sprints to 60 mph, and this little A3 is no slouch. While this diesel pumps out a wimpy 150 horsepower, it has an incredible 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine with all its torque loves hammering through corners. It’s all about that grunt, which this car has in spades. The A3 frankly was never going to be the hipster/millennial car Audi wanted it to be. That generation just doesn’t have the cash to pony up almost $40,000 for a compact luxury car (after options). Rather, Audi should have marketed the A3 as Mercedes marketed the CLA, to the up and coming wealthier crowd. Hipsters — if they actually exist — don’t like Audi or Mercedes; they like old Volvo wagons, or bikes, or whatever. Personally though, I love this car. I think where it suffers can be easily fixed. Things like the interior, which is somewhat bland, or the seats that aren’t all that comfortable. Nevertheless, for me, this car is good. I’m a racer at heart, and anything that feels this good through corners, and that good in my hands just gets aces all around. RELATED: See Photos of the Audi RS 7 Specs: Engine: 2.0L TDI Diesel Horsepower: 150 0-60: 9 seconds Price (as tested): $38,645 Pros: Torque monster engine Stylish good looks Way more space than initially perceived Cons: Lackluster interior No top end whatsoever Price is just unrealistic for the market Audi is going for _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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