2015 Audi A3 Sedan – First Drive


2015 Audi A3 Sedan Details:

Appears to beInnovativememory cardwith everything it touches seeming to make to gold. Audi North America’s President, Scott Keogh, explained that the company has reached $1.57-million sales worldwide two years ahead of schedule, and this it turned a $7-billion profit last year. Not bad for a company that almost disappeared from The United States at some time…

In the US, Audi finally cracked 150,000 sales last year as the brand continues to grow in stature. And even though it expects to maintain its trajectory, the Premium A segment is predicted to offer the greatest potential. In fact, the business foresees a 400% growth, so Audi dreamed of being prepared.

While the outgoing A3 Sportback possessed a loyal following, the company needed a sedan to conquer the US market. So that’s whatever we got – the first Audi ever designed specifically for US customers and one we predict will do exceptionally well.At first sight, the Audi A3 Sedan is a handsome vehicle. It’s perfectly proportioned, with taut lines and wheels pushed into each corner. The same wheelbase and height, as a the B5 Audi A4, although and while it seems like a mini-A4, it’s actually 2.5 longer and 9 wider. How’s that for progress!

We’ll start to see the sedan for sale in 290hp S3 trim later this year, which puts the A3 models somewhat within the shade, as another first. We’re confident the S3’s price will make the normal models much more attractive.., however.

The structure of the A3 comprises a mixture of steel, ultra-high strength steel plus some aluminium, with panels for example the hood created from the latter. This contributed a 100 lb weight saving over the outgoing Sportback. And once combined with more power and torque, the results are impressive. It’s both quicker (-60mph in 5.8sec) and more economical (24/33/27mpg) than the older model.

Refinement has additionally been improved, without audible rattles or creaks. engine and Wind noise have also beenwe had been surprised at how well the A3 2.0T quattro handled for a car without Sports suspension and on all-season Continental tires. Apparently, a lot of development went into finding the correct rubber and they also really held on like a summer tire.

Despite tackling some demanding rural roads at high-speed, the car exhibited very little body roll, yet absorbed road imperfections with aplomb. It absolutely was a masterclass in suspension design and was matched with extremely effective brakes which were easy to modulate and well matched for the performance.

Restricted to only the six-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto, gear changes were crisp and the 2.0T model we drove was only provided by a very capable quattro AWD system (the cheaper 1.8T only gets FWD). This obviously contributed to the complete chassis balance, keeping the ability transfer civilized at all times. And although it’s not just a light car at 3362 lb, the 220hp for your use was also delivered with good manners, the engine remaining composed as opposed to raucous, even under heavy acceleration.

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Mechanically, the A3 Sedan 2.0Tq excelled but this wasn’t even its party piece. A lot more impressive was the suite of infotainment options that elevate the Audi to an alternative segment.

We spoke in depth to Mathias Halliger, head of MMI architecture, who explained the direction they had shrunk the items in ten separate units into a single control box, encapsulating the radio, amplifier, GPS, DVD player, internet, hard disk, satellite radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, even and USB the rearview camera input.

He demonstrated the new Google Earth system that overlays road maps onto the internet images so it functions more efficiently for navigation. He also introduced the new photo navigation feature that allows you to capture an image from Google Earth Street View and save it for your address book for future journeys. Alternatively, somebody can send you a picturethe info between the A3 and your phone, allowing you to also import music and possibly movies in the future…

And let’s not forget the optional Wi-Fi hotspot, which allows up to four devices to use the web through the vehicle, allowing even more web access to local businesses, etc.

The option we predict can become almost standard issue around the A3 Sedan is the Bang & Olufsen sound system, however. Usually reserved for luxury vehicles, the B&O engineers spent 200 hours fine-tuning the placement of 14 loudspeakers. These are generally powered with a 15-channel (the sub gets two channels), 705 watt amplifier. The MMI touchpad allows you to select from the different surround sound settings and even adjust the sound stage to accommodatedescribed as neutral, together with the engineers preferring to reproduce the sound as the artist recorded it. You can fine-tune it to suit your taste, playing music from either CD, DVD, SD card, phone cable, Bluetooth streaming or from the harddrive. Priced at only $850, this should be the bargain of the century when you hear the quality.

The A3 Sedan’s interior is much more minimalist than before, featuring large, round vents and under – dash heater controls. Furthermore, it has a pop-up, 11mm thin screen that disappears when not in use, unlike the current BMWs. It’s a simpler design that doesn’t overwhelm, yet packs in a huge selection of controls. It’s just another area where the car scores highly, making it an awesome package for driving enthusiasts.

The Audi A3 Sedan 1.2 and 8T.0T arrived in dealer showrooms this spring. They’ll be followed by the S3, A3 Cabriolet and TDI in the summer. Also expect the e-tron version in 2015, and there’s apparently a sports utility vehicle in the mix as well…