Offered in two standard trim levels as well as a high-performance S-model (the S replaces the sport package), the 2007 Audi A3 brings together style and sport in the form of a five-door hatchback. The base model comes with a 200 horsepower four-cylinder engine with a fully electronic engine management system, as well as a six-speed manual transmission. The base model – as all the four-cylinder A3s do – comes with front-wheel drive, but there is a 250 hp V-6 model that comes with all-wheel drive standard.
Originally introduced for the 2006 model year, the 2007 A3 isn’t all that different from its immediate predecessor. On the S-line cars, the body has been altered for a more aggressive appearance, and the cars now carry S-line badges, while on the others there has been some tapering at the grille. Most of the changes are inside the car, where there are upgraded audio options, though special xenon headlights are available also.
Other interior improvements for the 2007 model-year include the addition of rain sensors and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity to the technology package, satellite radio, and a six-disc CD player. As well, there are larger read-out dials, and an option for a sectional sun-roof that comes with blinds.
As with all Audis, the A3s come with a full appointment of safety features, including an array of airbags. The driver and front-seat passenger are protected from front- and side-impact crashes, including head restraints. Side-curtain airbags for the rear seat are not standard, but are available as an upgrade.
While the hatchback makes the A3 a useful vehicle for cargo loads – serious grocery shopping, perhaps, or gear for a small family – it handles better than most wagons, though the low seats may give the illusion that you are driving a sports car, which is kind of cool for a five-passenger car with a base MSRP of $25,340.