Sporty hatch a win­ner

Audi builds a top-notch small car with a broad ap­peal

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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.

There will be ‘‘ sub­stan­tial

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