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STYLING | 7 out of 10
the most noticeable styling changes include a sculpted chin spoiler and redesigned headlights
the instrument lighting has switched from Audi’s characteristic red to a more generic white
Car and Driver
The Audi A3 got a light makeover inside and out last year; for 2010, the A3 receives another upgrade, with the previous S-line option package now standard and bringing a roof spoiler, reskinned bumpers, and brushed-aluminum trim. While the A3 is sort of a hatchback and sort of a wagon, its proportions are almost universally appealing. Even better, the interior of the A3 is one of the best that Audi currently makes: ergonomically simple, flawless, and well crafted.
Last year, the A3 got a number of cosmetic changes. Car and Driver says the most noticeable interior change “is that the instrument lighting has switched from Audi’s characteristic red to a more generic white.” They add, “There are further minor trim and décor changes, and the buttons in the center console get a more rounded-off look.” Edmunds contends “the most noticeable styling changes include a sculpted chin spoiler and redesigned headlights with Audi's signature LED daytime running lights.”
Overall, reviewers love the way the 2010 Audi A3 looks. MyRide.com notes its “well-balanced, pleasing dimensions.” Cars.com likes the "coupelike silhouette" created by the 2009 Audi A3. Kelley Blue Book agrees, asserting that the A3 "has a purposeful, sporty look, emphasized by wheels and tires that fill the wheelwells."
From the back, the "sloping rear window adds to the aggressive appearance, but the trade-off is less interior cargo space," comments Kelley Blue Book. Face to face, the familiar "single-frame tapered grille" is apparent on the A3 Audi and "dominates the front end," says Cars.com.
Not everyone is as positive about the interior of the A3. Edmunds feels that “few luxury touches are evident in the down-to-business interior,” but admits separately that the A3 Audi’s interior “styling is classically German, with straightforward buttons and controls.” Cars.com comments that “the A3’s interior, especially with the aluminum trim, still looks cheap.”
The 2010 Audi A3 is a very good-looking car, though Audi could do better inside by some accounts.