Whether on a winding road or in the straightaway, the performance of the 2008 Audi A3 had reviewers grinning from ear to ear.
According to ForbesAuto, the source of all these smiles is the Audi A3 2008's "200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine." Cars.com informs drivers that this speedy engine delivers "5,100 rpm and 207 pounds-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm."
A 3.2-liter V-6 engine upgrade is also available, which Kelley Blue Book feels "delivers even more punch, combining the sure-grip traction of quattro all-wheel drive with the marvelous DSG transmission." ForbesAuto also recommends the upgrade, stating the 3.2-liter engine is "smoother" and "generates 250 horsepower."
Both A3 Audi engines provide adequate performance for Edmunds, who enthusiastically explains, "whether you choose the 2.0T or 3.2 Quattro, brisk performance is at hand for passing and merging maneuvers." Cars.com agrees that the 2008 Audi A3 "yields good maneuverability," but feels "steering is on the light side."
Acceleration and braking also received high marks in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Kelley Blue Book found that "the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) facilitates lightning-fast gear changes." ConsumerGuide is thrilled that "rapid takeoffs induce minor torque-steer" and says, "braking is strong."
Forbes Auto mentions that Audi A3's gas mileage is "lower than most small cars muster," but concedes that "what the car lacks in overall fuel economy it makes up for in speed."
TheCarConnection.com adds that Audi credits the optional V-6’s 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.9 seconds with its speedy feel. The dual-clutch transmission is an editors' favorite. And though the 2008 Audi A3’s ride can be somewhat stiff, and the electric power steering doesn't wind into a corner like a traditional hydraulic power steering system would, the A3 feels like a true Audi in most every sense: light, direct, and refined.