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Right Size and Speed for the Road to Wine Country - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited August 2015 in Audi
imageRight Size and Speed for the Road to Wine Country - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

It was a simple mission. Take the 2015 Audi A3, drive up north on California's famous Pacific Coast Highway, visit wine country, and see as much as possible in four days.

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Comments

  • jfa1177jfa1177 Posts: 52
    I agree with you; the A3 is a better looking car than the A4. The interior is a very clean and uncluttered which I think is refreshing. It doesn't seem to be intrusive as most interiors. (think Ford Focus, ). Nor is it gimmicky and over-styled like the current crop of BMWs. The new TT has a great interior as well.
  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433
    Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are the "mirroring" options you asked about. I hope they will make factory nav essentially obsolete.
  • bc1960bc1960 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 171
    I haven't used Audi's nav, but if it's worse than Google Maps, it must be truly abysmal. I think built-in nav usually costs too much, even when it's a marginal-cost add-on to an existing info screen system, but I haven't yet found a smart phone nav app, especially one with offline maps for when you have spotty service, that is superior to even a $100 portable Garmin--which is my benchmark for the systems I've used so far. Data entry for built-in systems is usually deliberately compromised to prevent use while driving.
  • jfa1177jfa1177 Posts: 52
    @BC1960- more to your point, from what I have read in several publications navigation systems will actually hurt the resale value. This stems from the lack of updates once the newer models come out.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Ouch.
  • Of course the A3 seems to have a design edge over the A4. The A4 is a seven year old model! Don't forget though, the A4 has a true, fully mechanical all wheel drive system that is available with a manual transmission. Drive often enough in snow country and the difference is definitely noticeable. Current discounts on the A4 make it the same price or less than the A3.
  • Availability of Android Auto and CarPlay was one of the deciding factors leading me to pick a GTI over an A3 or S3.

    It's delightfully ironic that:
    -Not only does VW, the "cheap brand" get Android Auto and CarPlay functionality at least a year ahead of Audi.
    -When Audi finally adds this functionality, it will be awkwardly implemented b/c of Audi's dogged resistance to touch screens.
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