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STYLING | 8 out of 10
an interior lacking in Audi's elegant signature design
The cabin...really was classic Audi, with lots of high-quality pieces, all of which were black or aluminum.
appears larger than a sporty hatchback, but smaller than a typical wagon
looks right years after you've finished college
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. Some might say the interior is also starting to look a bit dated, but versus any of the competitive set at the low end of its price range—well under $30k—the A3's interior looks far more upscale and nuanced in design.
The 2012 Audi A3 has a beautiful exterior by all accounts, while its interior is impressive when you put it in perspective.