Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge – in this case the four Audi rings – on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?
Style-wise, you’d be forgiven for blaming perspective and mistaking the A3 for a distant A4. When it comes to design language, Audi is clearly of the “don’t change a good thing” school, since you hear the corporate tongue loud and clear.
weight visually forward and leaving it looking more urgent and keen.
The $2,700 Premium Plus package throws in 18-inch allows instead of the 17-inch standard wheels, heated power front seats, keyless start, and an auto-dimming mirror.
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