Fans of electrification will be happy to learn that all 2022 A3s are now technically electrified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In daily operation, the 2022 A3 is mighty chill.
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.
The steering is light, but it gains a bit of weight when swapping to Dynamic mode.
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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