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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Audi A3 3.2 quattro S-line: Driven!

Audi A3
We found a very good "hands on" report of the Audi A3 3.2 quattro S-line including some nice picture shots.
We know from our mails that many of our readers are after this car especially. So don't hesitate and go there to read the full article.
Audi's A3 is rapidly approaching its first anniversary in the North American market. A lively turbocharged engine, slick-shifting DSG transmission, and cool equipment like a large 'Open Sky’ sunroof have helped establish an enthusiastic following for the small 5-door. Good as it is, it hasn’t stopped any number of these enthusiasts and consumers considering the Audi to utter, “If only it had quattro…”

Enter the latest A3, the 3.2 quattro with S-line treatment. This is the top-of-the line offering in the A3 range, at least until Audi decides whether or not it will bring over the much-rumored S3, and the only way to get one with all-wheel-drive.

The new A3 3.2 starts with a base price of $33,980. Though some may grouse, when you consider that includes the Haldex-based quattro all-wheel drive system, S-line packaging and Audi’s dual-clutch DSG transmission, the price begins to look more fair. The next most comparable car was Volkswagen's 2004 Golf R32, with the same 3.2 and Haldex all-wheel-drive, but based on a 1997-vinatge platform and with no DSG available. Even without the prestige of four rings on the grille, it was priced around $30,000.

Naysayers may still critique the A3 3.2 quattro for its high price. Naysayers be damned, we say. The A3 3.2 is a great car for the money and one truly impressive package that Audi should sell quite easily.

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Source: Fourtitude

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