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Audi A3/S3 sedan
Last modified: 03/17/14
Audi AG had no choice but to make a few compromises with its A3 sedan, the smallest and cheapest car in its U.S. stable, to maintain a coherent product lineup and meet its goal of offering a well-equipped car at just about $30,000.

The 2015 A3, slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms in spring 2014, will offer the choice of 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged EA888 gasoline engines and a 2-liter turbocharged EA288 diesel engine. The high-performance S3 will come with the 2-liter EA888 engine tuned for additional power.

Audi will equip the 2015 A3 compact sedan with 4G LTE high-speed data connectivity and Audi's latest multimedia interface. Viewed on a 7-inch screen that rises from the dash, drivers will have access to more than 7,000 Internet radio stations, picture-based navigation, Google Earth real-time flight departure and landing information and more. Up to eight mobile devices will work with the car's 4G LTE connection.

To hit its price target, Audi was less lavish with interior and exterior appointments, so the A3 has more hard plastic and fewer of the wood, metal and leather accents found in most Audi models. The A3 has Audi's signature LED running lights and taillights, but its exterior lacks the visual impact of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and even some mass-market models.
 
Segment: Compact LuxuryPowertrain: Conventional (gasoline)
Release Year: 2014New Product Category: New
Drive: AWD/FWD

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