The Audi A3 offers exceptional styling and advanced features in a sleek compact family car. It offers superior fuel economy for a vehicle of its size and is available in six-speed manual and six-speed S-tronic dual clutch automatic transmissions. A turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine provides solid midrange performance and acceleration for most families and manages 0 to 60 mph in as little as 6.7 seconds. The Quattro all-wheel drive system offers superior traction on all types of terrain and state-of-the-art front and rear suspension systems ensure smooth ride and handling wherever the road leads.
The Audi A3 boasts 200 horsepower under the hood in its turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and can produce up to 207 lb-ft of torque at between 1800 and 5000 rpm, allowing the car to meet the challenges of both city streets and highway driving with aplomb. Families will appreciate the fuel efficient engine and the 21 miles per gallon in city driving with 30 highway of the Audi A3, which offers solid, reliable performance in a family grade vehicle.
First released on the market by Audi in 1996, the A3 was designed to cater to the increased demand for small, more fuel-efficient cars. In 2003, the second generation Audi A3 was released first as a three-door hatchback and later expanded to include two more models including a five-door sportback and a cabriolet coupe. The interior was also redesigned to provide more head and leg room for passengers and upgrades to the engine and transmission were made to provide more power and a smoother ride.
On the outside the A3 features S line front and rear bumpers and rear spoiler with bright white halogen headlights and LED tail lights as well as daytime running lights and fog lights. Side mirror housings also include LED turn signals for added visibility. All models include dual-zone climate controls, leather seats, halogen headlights, concert system stereos with CD players, MP3 inputs and AM/FM radios, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Since its release the Audi A3 has consistently been one of the most acclaimed vehicles in its category and was named Green Car of the Year for 2009 by Green Car Journal. In both 2008 and 2009, the A3 was a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The vehicle took top honors as Entry-Level Car of the Year in the 2006 International Car of the Year listings and snagged BusinessWeek Magazine's Best Luxury Small Car Pick for 2006 as well. During that same year the Audi A3 was named South African Car of the Year, an international honor it added to its 2000 Brazilian Car of the Year award.
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