2015 Audi A3 TECHNIK TDI Technik
If you want an object lesson in why Audi, once the odd man out in the Teutonic luxury car triumvirate, is quickly moving up the sales charts — look no further than the baby-faced A3 sedan The turbocharged diesel 2.0 TDI version rocks the house with 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of juicy torque.
Peeking inside the A3 reveals a streamlined interior without unnecessary buttons and controls fighting for attention on the center stack. All the infotainment controls you need are located on the center console for easy access. This small set of buttons control the 7-inch screen that pops up on the dashboard and retracts when not in use. Navigation is installed
and the easiest way to input destinations is through a surprisingly accurate handwriting feature that allows drivers to use their fingers to trace letters on an electronic pad. Overall, the system is pretty intuitive. On a comfort level, it has plenty to like, including standard leather and 12-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar on all trims. We found the seats supportive yet comfortable except on the longest drives.
On the highway, passing other cars is easy since the TDI feels pretty quick and smooth at higher speeds. Precise steering and responsive handling go a long way toward making this model feel athletic next to more powerful cars. The car stays firmly planted around corners, but head to the city, and the drive experience is entirely different.
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