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2022 Audi A3 is pretty stacked for an entry-luxe sedan

It may not win any horsepower races, but having fun in a car is about way more than a single figure.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Fans of electrification will be happy to learn that all 2022 A3s are now technically electrified.

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A 48-volt mild hybrid system uses a belt alternator starter to enable extended stop-start usage, in addition to engine-off coasting at speed.

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The MHEV parts can also add a small output boost of 12 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque when starting off, but otherwise it's so imperceptible, most people won't know it's working.

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 producing 201 hp and 221 lb-ft on its own, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that routes through either the front or all four wheels.

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It's a sufficiently peppy powertrain for a car of this size, offering plenty of torque through the rev range and just enough power to keep things interesting if I slap it into Dynamic mode.

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In daily operation, the 2022 A3 is mighty chill.

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The standard static dampers do a commendable job absorbing bad bits of road, but it's not overtly soft, with what I'd call a medium amount of body lean around corners.

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The steering is light, but it gains a bit of weight when swapping to Dynamic mode. 

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Standard all-season tires offer plenty of grip for a bit of spirited driving here and there without creating too much noise.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2022 Audi A3.

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