Sporty hatch a winner
Audi builds a top-notch small car with a broad appeal
nimble and precise through corners in a way that’s totally unexpected for a car with a sub-$40,000 starting price.
Due in Australia next year, it will be loaded with all manner of impressive new technology, although we’ll have to wait for the Facebook and Twitter feeds that will be standard on the A3 in Europe.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the A3 is so impressive, as the car shares its basic mechanical package— called theMQBplatform inside Volkswagen Group— with the seventh-generationVWGolf that made such a positive impression on the Carsguide crew in Europe last month.
At Audi, theMQBbasics have been translated into a five-door hatchback (anyone who only wants three doors will now be directed to the A1 in Audi showrooms) that’s expected to be much more popular in Australia.
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