The Good The 2009 Audi A3 combines a magnetically controlled suspension with Quattro all-wheel-drive, dual-clutch transmission, and a direct-injection engine for excellent handling and performance. In the cabin, Audi offers a very useful Bluetooth system.
The Bad The A3's cabin tech interface, the MMI, is tedious to use and limited in functionality. The navigation system is very basic, while the audio sources lack iPod integration or an MP3 CD player.
The Bottom Line Audi has some fine cabin tech waiting in the wings, but it's not available on the 2009 Audi A3. Still, the car offers an excellent driving experience and the practical configuration of a small wagon.
2009 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro
Audi features some excellent technology on its roster of performance tech, the top three being its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, and magnetic ride-suspension control. For 2009, the previously deprived Audi A3 gets this performance tech as a hand-me-down from its bigger, badder brothers. Now the A3 can take its proper place in Audi's performance legacy.
Unfortunately, it's still saddled with Audi's second-string cabin tech, which means a Multimedia Interface (MMI) controller on the stack instead of the console, no iPod interface, and mediocre navigation. However, it does have an excellent Bluetooth phone system.