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 (19)

2014 Audi Q5 Review

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Audi already had a good thing going with its compact luxury crossover, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, and changes for 2014 should make the Q5 even more appealing. A new turbo diesel TDI model joins the lineup this year, and Thomas says the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 offers strong power and impressive fuel economy. The crossover's high price didn't score it many points, however. Check out his review for more.

2014 Audi Q5 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 (0)

2015 Audi TT and TTS at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Competes with: Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK

Looks like: Same iconic TT, with more angularity

Powertrains: 230 hp or 310 hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic, front- or all-wheel-drive

Hits dealerships: TBD

Audi made waves when the first-generation TT sports car arrived in the late 1990s. It looked like nothing else, eschewing the traditional styles of sports cars for something that seemed like a cross between a gym shoe and squashed Volkswagen Beetle, and it became a style icon. At the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi has unveiled its third-generation TT and TTS, bringing more refinement and technology to its entry-level sports car, but there is no date set for when it will go on sale in the U.S.

By Aaron Bragman | March 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

Audi Gives Glimpse of 2015 TT

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Audi's iconic TT sports car is about to get an update, which will be revealed to the world at the upcoming 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the company is teasing fans with some sketches of the new coupe. Mechanical details are still forthcoming, but visually, the car doesn't differ too much from the current model. Its squat, rounded shape has a similar silhouette to the current model, but there's a more pronounced horizontal emphasis on the front and rear ends.

By Aaron Bragman | February 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi S1: A Fast Hatchback You're Not Going to See in the U.S.

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Do these numbers grab your attention?

  • 231 horsepower
  • 273 pounds-feet of toque
  • Zero to 62 mph in less than 6 seconds
  • 33 mpg estimated combined mileage

And do you like small, European hatchbacks with all-wheel drive and a luxury car interior? Then it is time for you to leave the country because Audi will probably never import the just announced S1 and S1 Sportback (above) to the U.S.

By David Thomas | February 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi Q5 Cargo Room Comparison

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Audi's Q5 is extremely popular in the booming compact luxury SUV segment. One reason the Q5 is a go-to for the class is its roomy 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which can fit a variety of items (like the ones we show below). Plus, there's a good-sized underfloor storage bin perfect for storing items you want to hide or anything that will mess up the carpet.

By Joe Bruzek | February 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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