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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
we were not fans of the driver-side door controls
a navigation system heads up a fairly short options list
Expensive options add up quickly
Car and Driver
Audi rolls out the red carpet for customization with a variety of standard and optional packages available on the 2009 Audi A3. Options include Bluetooth, a navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio, and an iPod integration kit.
According to Edmunds, the S-line package includes features such as "sport-tuned suspension, foglamps, sport seats with leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, unique front and rear fascias and a roof spoiler."
ConsumerGuide reports that the A3 Audi package includes "leather upholstery, power driver seat w/power lumbar adjustment, sport leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, steering wheel shift paddles (automatic), aluminum exterior trim, additional interior lights, illuminated visor mirrors, fog lights, (and) unique alloy wheels."
Cars.com lists "dual-exhaust outlets" and "alloy wheels" with "17-inch tires" as attractive standard features. Kelley Blue Book lists singular additions, such as "SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 18-inch alloy wheels," and "Bose audio." In regard to stand-alone upgrades, ForbesAutos claims "a navigation system heads up a fairly short options list."
Edmunds says of the A3's interior “switches and dials on the center console are within easy reach and simple to operate, but we were not fans of the driver-side door controls.” Cars.com likes the A3 Audi’s standard "dual-zone automatic climate control" and "'OpenSky' glass sunroof" that "includes separate blinds to keep the interior from overheating and to guard against the sun's glare." Kelley Blue Book calls the 140-watt stereo with 10 speakers and pre-wired satellite radio preparation for Sirius Satellite Radio "notable standard equipment."
The options list for the 2009 Audi A3 is short, but fortunately standard features are aplenty.