2008 Audi A3

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2008 Audi A3 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Audi A3 was new.

The A3 performs like a sports car in the body of a stylish compact hatchback, but some consider it expensive for an entry-level upscale vehicle.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty ride for a compact hatchback
  • Plenty of cargo space provided in a versatile interior
  • Insurance Institute "Top Safety Pick"
  • Seen as pricey for an entry-level luxury car, especially with options

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A3 has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 84 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 9.8
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2008 Audi A3 Overview

According to our analysis, the 2008 Audi A3 is a good combination of stellar performance and safety coupled with the utility of a small hatchback. The A3 also ranks well among hatchbacks for offering a level of luxury most reviewers are not accustomed to finding in the class. But many say that luxurious look and feel comes at a price -- and a hefty one at that. On the other hand, reviewers also praise the A3's respectable gas mileage for its class.

The 2008 A3 is available in three trims: the 2.0 T S tronic, the 2.0 T 6 speed and the 3.2 S line, also known as the 3.2 Quattro. But reviews caution that even the base model doesn't come cheap. If you like the styling and utility the Audi A3 but are concerned about price, also consider the Acura TSX. Other hatchbacks to consider are the Volkswagen GTI and the Volvo C30.

  • "A former 10Best winner, the A3 is roomy and benefits from incredible build quality and class-leading design. … Solid, quick, and nimble, the A3 is one of our favorites." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's not only versatile, but as an added bonus it's fun to drive." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "It's the most affordable German sports hatch around, and it's a load of fun. … The new A3 3.2S quattro, featuring a 250-horse 6-cylinder with all-wheel drive, is an absolute delight to drive." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "In a country where bigger is better, the A3 dares to offer high-end amenities and German cachet in a package that is fuel-efficient, space-efficient, and family friendly." -- About.com
  • "The Audi A3 3.2 S line Quattro is expensive -- really expensive -- and it suffers from a slightly harsh ride." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Audi A3 3.2 Quattro wagon costs too much. It runs the risk of crashing into common sense and injuring the one major think it has going for it -- cache. It validates reverse snobbery." -- Washington Post

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