The Audi A3 blends the styling of a hatchback with the more elongated look of a wagon, and although that may suggest it looks a little award, nothing could be further from the truth. The A3 should sit well with anyone who enjoys clean German design, and in particular Volkswagen Golf fans looking to upgrade to something a little more premium.
Audi added some sportiness to the A3 in 2010 by making some of the previously optional S line package standard. Items like the roof spoiler, reskinned bumpers and aluminum trim make the A3 a lot more macho-looking than some of its rivals.
There's no denying that the A3 is starting to show its age after being on the market for so long, but a successor is planned for 2013 so some buyers may want to resist buying the current car.
The interior of the A3 is a very nice place to be, with round, chrome-trimmed air-conditioner vents and well laid out buttons all adding to the cool German factor. The cockpit may seem to be well-aged at this point, but in its price class it still looks well-fitted and refined.