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By Michael Frank Author BIO Michael Frank got his driver's license on the morning of his 16th birthday and a year later, bought his first car, a 1974 Ford Capri with a "sleeper"... More LATEST ARTICLE 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX: Another Take I’m kind of ornery when it comes to affordable performance sedans.
2013 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Open Doors There are relatively few compact hatchbacks offered by luxury brands, though the number will grow in the years ahead. The Audi A3 is a pioneer here, having been on sale in its current form since 2006. An all-new model, already on sale in Europe, will arrive in the States for the 2014 model year.
Introduced a decade ago in Europe and brought to the United States in 2006, the A3 is Audi's entry-level model for the North American market. Smaller and lighter than an A4 2.0T Avant Quattro, the front-drive Audi A3 presents a strong argument for buying a bargain sport wagon, provided one goes easy on the options. And just because this is Audi's entry-level car doesn't mean the company cuts corners on quality. The cabin's design and materials are up to the lofty standards Audi has set for the industry, meaning everything fits tightly, moves with precision and looks and feels top-shelf.
The 2013 Audi A3 ranks 2 out of 11 Upscale Small Cars . This ranking is based on our analysis of 109 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A3, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. Though the 2013 Audi A3 has cramped rear seats, reviewers still think its ample cargo space and fuel-efficient diesel engine make it one of the more versatile models in its class. The 2013 Audi A3 can come with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine or a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine.
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Audi's upcoming RS 5 coupe savours rather than sips every precious litre of premium octane gasoline. Savouring rather than sipping: it's a concept tied to driving for the joy of it, remote from the experience of driving automobiles intended to save the planet. Only a few cars can compare with Audi's newest sport coupe - going on sale in Europe in June and coming to North America in the autumn of 2011 - in pleasure gained per litre consumed. In this sense, the RS 5 is as an affirmative response to petroleum currently becoming recognized as a precious resource - albeit a powerhouse that is diametrically opposed to the fuel-conserving vehicles called for by governments around the world. Some, to be sure, will condemn the RS 5 as simply irresponsible, just as they frown on a BMW M3 or Jaguar XFR. Whatever your personal reaction, Audi boasts the RS 5 has garnered a fuel consumption rating of 10.8 litres/100 km in the European test cycle, no small achievement for a 450-horsepower V-8.