Geneva motor show 2012: Top 10 cars - Audi A3
While the A3 is a bit bigger, and features sharper looks – particularly around its front end – the big gains are in the cabin. Audi’s engineers have pulled some clever tricks, including ditching the handbrake lever (it’s an electronic switch now) and incorporating the infotainment system’s touch-sensitive control in the top of the rotary dial.
The result is a cabin that feels more airy than before, and looks beautifully built. Indeed, the consensus was that the A3’s cabin had the measure of the new Mercedes A-Class’s for quality, if not creativity.
The ‘cautious development’ approach extends to the engines – 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrols at launch, along with a 2.0-litre diesel – but we’d expect the line-up to become more appealing, and interesting, within months of the car’s launch. A little predictable, perhaps, but impressive with it.
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