Audi A3 Hatch first drive

Growing up is a relative term at Audi. The Ingolstadt-based brand doesn’t want the A3 to grow up in terms of getting much bigger, nor in adding weight. But it does want it to matrure because it’s no longer the entry point to Audi’s lineup.

With the A1 around in both three and five-door versions, the A3 has been moved to a more premium position. That means its interior packs more space and a more luxuriant feel, its exterior delivers styling cues with edges so sharp they could cut paper and Audi insists its powertrain refinement has been moved up to match.