4. Drives like a Winner
Despite its small size and relatively light curb weight the new A3 drives like a much larger car. Its on-road manners and overall refinement are reminiscent of the larger A6, a model that’s at least two vehicle classes up the Audi product ladder.
One potential downside is the A3’s stiff suspension. Bumps, cracks and other road imperfections are readily felt through the springs, though its structure is about as solid as a block of granite. There are no squeaks, rattles or unwanted shudders to report. Of course the trade off for starchy suspenders is typically precise handling and the A3 is suitably sharp. It’ll carve corners like a butcher going to town on a side of beef, yet at parking-lot speeds the tiller is light and easy to manipulate.