Intro: The 2011 Audi A3 four-door hatch back wagon brings all the expertly crafted style and engineering one would expect from an Audi, but in a nimble compact package.
Features: The smallest and most affordable Audi, the base A3, still delivers its share of amenities with standard leather seating for five, dual zone climate control, power windows, a rear seat pass-through and an optional power sunroof.
Performance: The base engine is a 200 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4. Also available is a 2-liter turbodiesel inline 4 putting out 140 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels or available Quattro all wheel drive through either a 6-speed manual or available 6-speed direct shift gearbox.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Audi A3 is $27,270. A TDI model starts at $30,250. The A3 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: A compact hatchback yes, but with crisp styling, a wealth of standard features, and classic Audi performance, the 2011 Audi A3 brings a whole lotta' car to the table.