Audi's Hot Little Hatchback

The 2008 Audi A3 offers style, good gas mileage, loads of standard equipment, and a turbocharged engine at a great price

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Versatility, quickness, safety, great little turbocharged engine

The Bad: Long list of pricey options, going with V6 engine really jacks up the price

The Bottom Line: A rarity among German cars—a bargain

Up Front

Audi (NSUG) has a couple of real bargains tucked away in its lineup. One is the entry-level version of the Audi TT Roadster. The other—for some of the same reasons—is the entry-level version of the 2008 Audi A3 hatchback, the company's smallest and least expensive U.S. model. The catch is that you have to stick with the base model, the A3 2.0T, and ignore most of the items on the typically long list of available options.

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