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Once upon a time Audi’s A3 was considered more of a gussied-up Volkswagen Jetta Wagon than a “real” member of the Audi family. Audi listened to the feedback from the press and owners and the 2015 A3 is the result.

As you’d expect from Audi, the A3 looks like a member of the family. While some find fault in this “one sausage multiple lengths” design philosophy, the result is that nobody will mistake the A3 for anything other than an Audi. Of course A8 shoppers may balk at the striking resemblance between the $29,900 “baby’s first Audi” and their $100,000 luxury car, but A3 shoppers will be thrilled.

Inside the A3 boasts an interior that is several steps ahead of the outgoing model with standard leather upholstry and plenty of soft touch plastics. Of course with any luxury car and a low starting price base shoppers will have to deal with a lack of options you would normally find in a well equipped Camcord like dual-zone climate control and an iPod interface. This isn’t unique to Audi, BMW and Mercedes play this same game with their entry models like the CLA250 as well. What seems to set the Audi A3 apart however is that adding those luxury features won’t cost you as much as in the other German options. Even compared to the 2015 Volvo S60 the A3 manages to represent an excellent value.

With impeccable driving manners, excellent fuel economy, a lengthy options list with all the luxury goodies you could want and a hint of rear seat leg room, the A3 might just have what it takes to win the Alex On Autos car of the year. Of course we’ll have to wait till December to find out, but the A3 is tops on my list at the moment. Check out the video to find out why.

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