2007 Audi A3
There are 23 user reviews for the 2.0 T With DSG trim shown below
- Performance, Comfort and Practicality
- Brakes starting to squeek
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this car. It's comfortable, quiet, quick, and practical.
I was looking for a car that was luxurious enough in which to take clients out to lunch but practical enough to cart my kids to the beach. The back seats fold down and it becomes a wagon with generous space for a bike, etc.
The A3 performs well on both the city street and highway. And I feel comfortable cruising at probably a higher speed than I should be driving. Be careful! It's super easy to get going way too quick.
So far I've only experienced two negatives (8k miles). The brakes are abnormally squeeky when the air gets dry here in Southern California. Also, the transmission takes a second or two to engage when you're shifting from reverse to forward navigating in a parking lot or whatever.
Overall, the car is a real pleasure to drive and I'd highly recommend it....read morehide
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- Appearance, quality, transmission, interior quality, fast and fun
- Sound system only adequate, GPS and sound upgrades not reasonably priced
I like a mix of performance and utility. I am thankful that I still have great options in that category. My reference cars are a 1987 Porsche 924S, a 2002 WRX wagon and Acura 3.2 TL all purchased new. The Porsche was great in its time but after 15 years it was easily getting passed up by many sedans and in 2002 it was time to get something else. I decided on the WRX. I recently sold the WRX to buy the A3. The WRX (2.0 liter engine) was fast, fun and still able to cart around stuff from the hardware store. My biggest complaint is that it was not a very attractive car. After checking lots of cars and reviews I narrowed down the replacement list to another Subie of some sort, maybe a Mazda 3 and the Audi A3. A drive in the Audi was surprising. The WRX is fast but you have to get it into the 3000-4000 rpm range before much happens and then it happens fast. The A3 2.0T seems to have a much broader useful torque range. The six speed transmission always seems to be ready with the right gear for the job whether it is trying to save gas or accelerate to zip into a hole in traffic. I use the sport mode and the paddle shifters often enough that I consider those options a valuable feature. At the extremes, the WRX is probably faster but in 99% of driving conditions, the Audi is quicker and more drive-able due to the excellent coupling of the 6-speed transmission with the engine performance characteristics. I definitely like the mix of standard and automatic transmission characteristics. I can put it in drive and just forget about shifting or I can use the paddle shifters or sport mode to take more control. Great fun!
The interior of the Audi is better than the WRX in most categories. The quality of the door handles, dash, instruments etc all seem superior. The A3 seats are comfortable but could use a little more lumbar and thigh support. The steering wheel does have a telescoping adjustment that really helped to get the driving position just right, however. The WRX seats were a strong point.
Gas mileage is about 22 in combination city and short freeway hops as compared to 20 for the WRX. Haven�t taken any longer trips but claims of 30 or so might be doable.
The radio and sound is decent in the A3 but they really should have included a 6-disc CD changer as part of the standard fare.
So far (knock on wood) I haven�t had the car impounded for reckless driving as it is VERY easy to find triple digits on the speedo.
I congratulate the Audi engineers for making a great little car that is fast, comfortable, with good utility and at a decent price relatively speaking. I am looking at an Audi upgrade for the Acura too....read morehide
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- GREAT POWER 2.0 DSG TRANS IS GREAT HANDLING GREAT
- WHEN TOP IS OPEN VERY BAD WIND BUFFING AUDI SHOULD DO SOMTHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM
THE WIND BUFFING IS A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE ROOF OPEN BETWEEN
20MPHTO 35MPH S LINE PKG IS GREAT LIKE DRIVING AN S4
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- Very comfortable and drives so smoothly. MPG is much better than my last car.
- I haven't found a con yet.. other than it's so pretty I don't want to get it dirty!
I love my new car! I've had it for a month now and every drive, even rush hour traffic is so comfortable. I went form a 4WD element to this car and I don't regret it for a second! I LOVED my element- the most functional car ever. But when I changed jobs and went from driving 10 miles a day to 60, I needed a car that was going to be enjoyable to be in for 2 hrs a day!
This car is a spectacular drive and has more power than I know what to do with. The handling is extremely responsive and requires such a light touch. Been a bit of a shift.. but I love it!...read morehide
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- DSG, Acceleration, Bose Stereo, Handling, great braking
- Slight understeer at low speeds, Small Sunroof Opening and a little wind buffet when open
I have never felt better about buying a car. I've also read a few of the cons people have talked about and some are inaccurate.
First there is a gas cap holder, it hags right in the slots in the gas cap itself.
Second, the brakes are not soft at all. In fact some people might find them a might bit too sensitive. Audi tends to make the brakes with stopping power so smooth that you won't notice your over using them until the linings start to roast.
The only thing I think is a con is the slightly higher road noise and wind buffet with the sunroof. Also, the driver side power seat is great, but why not a power passenger seat? Finally, you get such good performance and the fun factor is high, so you tend to stand on the accelerator a little too much.
The stereo is awesome by the way....read morehide
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- Lot's of power on the open road. Bluetooth a major plus. Good feul economy for a pretty peppy car.
- Poor gear ratios, large blind spots, early gear changes
- 2007 Audi A3 2.0T /w DSG, S-Line Pkg, Technology Pkg. Bought in March '07,
- Nice solid Audi feel
- Quick transmission, I was impressed!
- If you have a Bluetooth Phone, get the Technology package. You won't regret it.
- Good power on the open road.
- Bad gear ratios (transmission doesn't know whether to use 2nd or 3rd gear on right turns. ANNOYING. If you use manual mode though, that fixes the problem, but I expected more from DSG.
- Automatic transmission upshifts way to early, even for fuel-economy. I'm in 6th before I hit 50km/h. Annoying, especially in traffic. (like another reviewer said).
- Blinds spots galore when backing up (out of a parking spot). Need to be extra careful....read morehide
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- appearance, interior styling, handling, 2.0T
- DSG, driver seat, stereo, display & controls
Beautiful car and tons of fun to drive. Very much an Audi. Handling is great, performance is OK. If you can afford it, go for the 3.2.
DSG on mine is a little hinky -- seems to almost stall for 1/2 second sometimes before it catches. Could be a fuel injection issue I guess. It goes in for service soon, so we'll see.
Climate controls are a pain. Turning off your heat or air requires multiple taps on the fan button, or holding it continuously. Why not an on/off?
Stereo controls could use some work too. Actually it's the display that's the worst part. I had better LED displays on my 1979 digital watch. Won't even scroll a song across on XM like my cheap house receiver. And no MP3 jack?? Dealer told me as a special option it would be $900. What? how many iPods is that?
Maybe they'll iron out some of these issues in future releases. Overall, a really good car....read morehide
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- Museum design in&out. Usable torque Hatchback practicality
- Soft brakes, Road noise, DSG in Traffic, rattling noises,
I fell in love in this car when I first saw the pictures on Audiworld back in 2003. It was great Audi made them available in America.
I had this car for 10 months. On top of great design, Audi packed with one of the sweetet 2 liter turbo engines and DSG Transmisison. I thougt this would be the greatest car I would ever buy!
I read magazines and reviews saying how great the DSG is... the next generation transmission. After all...I don't think so! The biggest reason giving up on this car was how it behaved in traffic on highway. Because Audi programmed the DSG to upshift whenever possible (probably to achieve better MPG ratings) the car is in 6th gear on 20mph before you know it. When the traffic speeds up a little, you want to keep following the car in front of you with consistant space. This car failed to do so by not responding to the drivers foot since the car is in 6th gear - not enough torque. Because I live in LA, more than one-car length space iin front of you in traffic is a sign of weakness, and somebody will cut in front of you without signaling. I had hard time keeping my car close to the car in front of me in traffic in various speeds. It's making it difficult by bad shifting program and really soft brakes. Brakes had on/off feel, and it was hard to control speed.
If it doesn't work well with traffic, it's not a car for LA.
The acceralation of 2.0t + DSG is great though. It's fun on open roads. It does not really feel connected like real MT, but it doesn't feel like it's slipping like AT either. The DSG missed shifting gears a copuple of times while I was driving.
As somebody else said about road noise, this is not a quiet car. New quiet tires helped a bit, but car doesn't originally have a lot of insulation. Some parts which I can't easily get to kept rattling on rough roads (common among audis).
Pasadena Audi dealer was not very good adressing my numerous claims since they are so small, overcrowded. Remembered I was buying the cheapest car from Audi, and I got treated like that in service. Wish they had A8 class attitude and attention for my service also....read morehide
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- Not anything I can think of
Alot of people are getting confused. The 06' models did have a few flaws but in 07' they changed it up. No real differences physically but things like fuel economy & road noise have made a positive outlook for the 07' models. This care is quite the stunner. It'll probably impress you...read morehide
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- Fun, handles excellent, looks great, LOVE my A3! The color is beautiful - Lava
Bought mine in Aug of 2006, went from years of driving an SUV. I thought it would be a difficult transition but it took me about an hour and Im totally satisfied!
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