2015 Audi Q3: Car Seat Check

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The all-new Audi Q3 is a subcompact crossover, a new class of cars that's growing quickly with competitors such as the BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Jeep Renegade. Although it's small on the outside, the Q3 made good use of its interior. With seating for five, this tiny SUV managed to easily handle all of our child-safety seats with ease.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Audi A3 ditches its hatchback design for the sleek lines of a sedan. With its redesign, the 2015 A3 has grown 7.5 inches in length. That extra room helped make it easy to install our child-safety seats in this compact sedan.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3 joins the entry-level luxury sedan trend by offering the car with four doors and a regular trunk, along with sophisticated style all around and "gutsy" engines. Is it all enough to make the A3 A-No. 1 among competitors? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 2, 2014 | Comments (2)

Audi Prices A3 Family Newcomers

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The 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which arrived in April, soon will welcome a trio of siblings. Audi this week announced pricing on the expanded A3 family, which includes the 2015 S3 performance sedan, the A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI diesel sedan. The three new models are slated to go on sale late this summer, ranging in price from around $33,000 to nearly $42,000.

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Standard features across the lineup include leather seats, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM Satellite and HD radio, a power driver's seat, a split-folding rear seatback and Audi's collision-mitigation system, as well as standard Singleframe grille, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillights. Available features include full LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, an updated version of Audi's multimedia system and Audi's four selectable driving modes.

Joining the already-available regular A3 sedan, which starts at $30,795, including an $895 destination charge, the S3 performance sedan will start at $41,995, including destination. The S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine making 292 horsepower and features standard all-wheel drive and a sport suspension. The S3 can be outfitted with trim-specific 18- or 19-inch wheels. Standard interior features include a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters and aluminum details.

By Matt Schmitz | June 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

By Matt Schmitz | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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If you've seen the quintet of other Audi A3 variants, you already have a solid idea of what you'll see when the 2015 A3 Sportback TDI hits U.S. dealerships in June. We confirmed the family resemblance this week when we got an early peek at the new A3 TDI at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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While its design is similar to the rest of the A3 lineup, the hatchback body style and resulting raised roof should improve headroom. The Sportback carries on the interior family tradition, as well, with a nice array of standard features for its entry-level price.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 18, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Buick Verano, Acura ILX Hybrid

Looks like: Every other Audi, only smaller

Powertrains: 150-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel; six-speed S tronic automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

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Audi's expansion of its entry-level A3 lineup continues with the announcement at the 2014 New York International Auto Show that the company will be bringing the A3 Sportback TDI diesel to the U.S. next summer. It will join the A3 sedan currently on sale, the A3 Cabriolet, TDI diesel sedan, Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid and S3 high-performance sedan, all arriving between now and summer 2015.

By Aaron Bragman | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 Review

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As opposed to a small car made better, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says the 2015 Audi A3 is a better car made small. The entry-level luxury sedan is aimed at hooking Gen Y while they're young, but anyone who appreciates "surprisingly strong" acceleration and "astonishing ride quality" would do well to give this "remarkable little car" due consideration. Bragman was less impressed with the A3's "joyless" steering feel, but overall this is a car that makes its nearly $31,000 starting price seem like a bargain. Read Bragman's review below.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (22)

2015 Audi A3 Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute announced Tuesday. The compact luxury sedan (previously a hatchback) received scores of "good" for performance in the IIHS' five crashworthiness tests — including small overlap protection, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head-restraint — as well as an "advanced" rating for front crash protection.

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The A3 is available with an optional front crash prevention system that qualified it for the IIHS' advanced rating in the new-for-2014 test. The system has automatic braking technology, which helped the car avoid a crash in a test at 12 mph. Meanwhile, in the 2-year-old small overlap test, in which 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph to replicate a collision with a tree or utility pole, IIHS reported that the sedan also performed strongly.

"The structure held up well, with a minimal amount of intrusion into the driver's space," IIHS said in a statement. "The dummy’s movement was well-controlled, and injury measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injury."

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By Matt Schmitz | March 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3: First Drive

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Driving Audi's all-new A3 sedan around the hills of Silicon Valley reveals a remarkable little car. Ride quality is outstanding, material quality is top notch and acceleration is impressive; the only letdown in the A3's performance is steering feel that's tuned more for ease than sport.

Under the hood, two powertrains are currently available for the A3 (more are coming). The base car starts out with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 200 pounds-feet of torque that's sent only to the front wheels through Audi's S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That may not seem like a lot of power, but it comes on surprisingly strong. If you keep the transmission in Sport mode, different algorithms will keep the turbo engine in the sweet spot to allow for more aggressive driving. It does experience a little torque steer, however, and it will even chirp the tires from a standing start, but it's by no means slow. This is a rare instance where the base engine is actually desirable.

2015 Audi A3 and S3 at the 2013 New York Auto Show

The more powerful engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's mated only to Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system also through the six-speed automatic — no manual transmission is offered in the A3. It's pumping out a robust 220 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque and is downright quick. Thanks to the all-wheel drive, torque steer is not a problem. Quattro adds 187 pounds to the A3 and takes out 2 cubic feet of trunk space, but the benefits to owners who live in inclement climates are real.

By Aaron Bragman | March 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

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