Audi's littlest hatchback combines a sporty nature with a practical body style.
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The front of the car has a burly, aggressive look, and a grille that extends beneath the bumper.
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The car carries four adults comfortably, and has ample rear cargo space. The S Line Sport Package includes the 17 inch alloy wheels.
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To better integrate the look, Audi designers extend the tail lights from the rear fenders onto the hatch.
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Cargo space is versatile in the A3, with a pass-through for skis or other long items, and a removable cover.
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Fit and finish is very good in the A3 cabin. The switchgear all has a feeling of quality, as well.
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Audi's multimedia interface uses a click-knob surrounded by four buttons, which can control all the car functions that appear on the LCD.
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Route guidance on Audi's navigation system is good, using a split screen to list streets.
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When there is an upcoming turn on the route, the LCD shows a graphic of what that turn looks like.
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Audi is the only car company to have SD card slots in its entertainment system. They are cleverly hidden behind the LCD.
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The LCD shows the MP3 tracks on the SD card, but the system doesn't let you easily navigate folders.
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Audi's music controller uses a rotary dial to let you play, pause, and skip tracks.
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The telephone dialer works okay, but is a little tedious to use. Fortunately, the system also accepts voice commands.
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Paddle shifters are mounted on the spokes of the steering wheel. They control the Direct Shift Gearbox.
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Handling is very good in the A3. It may lose traction under acceleration, but it holds the road in the turns.
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The display between the speedometer and tachometer shows a variety of useful information. And while manually shifting, you'll need to pay attention to the tachometer.
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Although it does have a bit of turbo lag, Audi's direct injection engine is very efficient, getting 26.1mpg in our testing.
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