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So, the bottom line for me is that I wouldn't buy this car due to the equipment and options packaging. If it was just for the power train, I'd go for it. Now, if the new Jetta GLI is equipped like the last gen Jetta GLI, I'd be interested in that.
Compared to the Volvo V50, the Audi is more of driver's car while the Volvo struck me as a better all weather car and had a little more space. It also had some nice touches (in terms of convenience) that were missing from the Audi, like the flap to hold groceries.
While I prefer the Audi, the issue gets back to price. The Volvo dealer would deal on price (to the tune of $3k) which makes the car around $5k cheaper than the A3 3.2. Not sure the Audi is worth that kind of difference.
THe 3.2's added weight didn't give it any noticeable
boost in power, almost the opposite.
Of course, anyone considering them should test drive
them both. I was set to spend more, but chose the 2.0
and didn't feel I was compromising AT ALL.
Ummm, no. The 2.0T is a high compression low boost turbo, not the other way around (i.e. mid 1980s vintage Chrysler turbos). As for longevity, just use good fully synthetic oil (Mobil-1 0W-40 or German Castrol Syntec), and longevity shouldn't ever be an issue.
We presently own a Toyota 4Runner and like most people, never take the truck off road. Basically, I'm looking for a car I can use like my 4Runner, but on a smaller scale AND which is more fun to drive. Some better gas mileage wouldn't hurt either.
My initial impression is that I love a sporty car, but if the Premium or base model's suspension is a bit more forgiving, but still firm, it might be the better option.
Also, I noticed highway speed road/wind noise as quite noticeable (performance tires maybe)?
I hate that they didn't include paddle shifters on the base cloth model DSG's!!! Damn Audi for that, and using an ugly steering wheel on base models too. The interior with premium or sport is impecccable, and downright perfection (almost).
European Car seems to be echoing Car and Driver, which said pretty much the same.
I wonder if the 3.2, which Audi told me uses the R32 engine and drive train, with Audi mods, more QC, and interior, was Audis' quick way to offer drivers an A3 Quattro without extensive re-engineering?
Incidently, The VW R32 sold out very fast here and apparently remains in high demand with little depreciation.
Perhaps the Golf Mk6, due soon, will spawn the A3 Quattro using Audi's latest technology.
Also, anybody have feedback on the handling of the Premium pkg model- especially on curves. Thanks much.
The throttle response is not as immediate in the 2.0T as in the 3.2 (drive one of those recently)-- it's partly the transmission, and there is a little turbo lag. If you launch harder, the lag is less noticable, and you can spin the tires through 2nd gear if you want. For a brisk launch, squeeeze the gas, and I think you'll get a smooth, virtually lag-free start. Handling: depends on what you're accustomed to. IMO, it's pretty good; I have the Pirelli P6 all-seasons (still), and while they have their virtues (wet stability being one), all-out grip is not one of them. Even though the tires complain a little, you can corner this setup pretty hard as long as your approach/braking/gear selection are right. There's a little more body roll than I'd like, too. The steering boost is higher on the premium package cars than on the sport packs, but it firms up at speed & is very accurate.
All said & done, I'm very happy with the car.
i test drove an '06 premium packaged a3 yesterday myself and noticed that going over bumpy roads, there is quite a bit of road noise. however, since i've been driving a lowered prelude on 18" wheels, the noise hardly bothers me at all
1) does the opensky really reduce the headroom in the a3?
2) does the opensky really increase wind noise noticeably when traveling at highway speeds?
thanks in advance.
No, I drove both (one with and one w/out) and didn't notice any change in wind noise.
I bought an 06 A3 2.0T DSG w/Opensky & Sport package back in March and honestly the biggest problem with Opensky is the stupid latch/clip for the sunshade that is poorly made and has broken three times already. Other than that, 7500 miles and the car has been flawless.
The hesitation was there whether in totally AUTO mode, or when shifting via the paddle shifters or via the gear shift.
Lots to love, but... (The car was loaded - over $41,000! Yikes!)