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2009 Audi A3 Wagon

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2009 Audi A3 Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Audi A3 Wagon

Audi's 2009 A3 offers a lot of car in a small package, but it carries its diminutive size with a solidity--that is unusual. In addition to eager 2.0L and 3.2L engines and one of the best interiors in its class, this five-door hatchback is a marvelous choice for those who want a car that combines the nimbleness of a sports car with the cargo capabilities of a mini-wagon. An optional S-Line Package combines a stiffer suspension with higher performance tires and a few pieces of body trim to make the front-wheel drive A3 into a well-mannered street racer. The A3 was named a Top Safety Pick in 2008 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

What's new for 2009?

Audi's 2009 A3 hatchback receives its first styling update. Though the car's overall shape and proportions are the same, changes are evident in the entire front end, including the hood, headlights, fenders, bumper and grille. Out back is a new rear bumper and new taillights. New door handles, mirror-incorporated turn signals and new wheels complete the exterior freshening.

Model Strengths

  • Exhilarating drive
  • utility and sportiness
  • thoughtful interior design
  • reasonable price point.

Model Review

The A3, which has been sold in Europe since 1996, was adapted for the U.S. market in 2005. Audi sells the A3 as 'the first four-door car with the sportiness of a TT coupe.'

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Now in its fourth year stateside, the 5-door Audi A3 remains a strong contender in the entry-level luxury market. Although much of the car remains unchanged for 2009, Audi has made a few new drivetrain combinations available that are sure to please. Various aesthetic tweaks are also sprinkled both inside and outside the car, creating a marginally new appearance. But with pricing extending well into the $30,000’s, the A3 faces a host of new competitors.

Model Lineup
As before, the 5-door wagon is available in two main trim levels, based on engine: the 2.0 TFSI and the higher-end 3.2. The 2.0 TFSI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the 3.2 features a 3.2-liter V6. The S Line and Premium packages remain standard with the larger engine and optional on the 2.0 TFSI. Additionally, both versions can be equipped with the Titanium package, which offers unique wheels and tires as well as black accents inside and out.

The most significant mechanical differences for 2009 lie in the long-overdue addition of extra drivetrain options. Most notable is the availability of quattro all-wheel drive combined with the venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. As before, Audi’s impressive dual-clutch transmission (dubbed S tronic) is optional on the 2.0-liter, but is now standard when you check the box for the larger 3.2-liter engine.

On the outside, the A3 receives a subtle yet reasonably effective face-lift, and includes the addition of Audi’s now-signature LED running lights in the headlight clusters. Although the overall length remains the same as in 2008, the reduced front overhang makes for a sportier stance, as does the slightly reworked front fascia. Rounding out the changes are smaller details such as redesigned door handles, mirrors and taillights.

Under the Hood
The unchanged engine options mean you’ll choose between a lively 200 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four and a 250 horsepower 3.2 liter V6. While the narrow-angle V6 is smooth and strong, enthusiasts will no doubt continue to prefer the lighter-weight direct-injected 2.0.

Both the S tronic and regular manual transmission feature six forward gears, although the S tronic is capable of shifting between them in milliseconds, as well as operating as smoothly as a conventional automatic when required. It’s hard to deny the appeal of this advanced transmission; however, if you’re a purist you can always opt for the 6-speed manual and brag about the weight savings over the dual-clutch option.

Lastly, a cheapened version of Audi’s new drive select finds its way aboard, which allows the driver to adjust suspension stiffness between two self-explanatory modes, "sport" and "normal."

Inner Space
Cabin design, fit and finish are current Audi strong suits, and this car is no exception. With excellent materials and build quality, and a dash layout that is clear and logical, the interior is practically without fault. Although there are no particularly dramatic or striking design elements, it’s neither drab nor depressing, conveying a clean, mature design.

The 5-door layout makes for plenty of interior space, particularly when the rear seats are folded down. A massive Open Sky dual sunroof remains an option, and ensures that no occupants will experience claustrophobia. Leather seats are now standard, which should be no surprise at this price range.

The 10-speaker sound system finally includes an auxiliary input for MP3 players, as well as standard SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The standard CD player is capable of playing MP3 CDs, and if you opt for the Audi Navigation system, a 6-disc CD changer is installed in the glove box along with two SD card slots. Why this goes hand-in-hand with a navigation system we’re not quite sure, but it seems Audi is determined to let buyers play their music however they darn well please.

On the Road
For the most part, the new A3 is quite a pleasant drive. Our test car, a fully loaded 2.0 TFSI quattro, did well to convince us that this is the combination to get. The shockingly grunty 2.0-liter handled everything we could throw its way, from steep inclines to a cabin filled with five passengers. It’s smooth and the torque is — dare we say — addicting, with 207 lb-ft starting at a low 1800 rpm and not subsiding until 5000 rpm. This makes passing a breeze and lends itself well to freeway cruising.

While we love a good old-fashioned manual transmission, we’d be remiss to ignore the brilliance of the dual-clutch gearbox. The S tronic truly bridges the gap between automatic and manual. When controlled manually, shifts occur quickly through either the steering wheel paddles or the console lever. On the other hand, come rush-hour traffic, the smooth dual-clutch transmission is all but indistinguishable from a true automatic.

Like previous models, the A3 chassis feels solid and well-composed on both rough roads and smooth curves. The Audi magnetic ride suspension is an improvement, and switching between sport and comfort modes is easily done, producing a noticeable difference. Like many Audis that have come before it, the 2009 A3 will understeer when pushed to the limit. While perfectly acceptable for everyday use, enthusiasts may take issue with the conservative handling. The A3 3.2 carries a weight penalty of roughly 500 pounds, but its 50-horsepower advantage is still enough to bring the A3’s zero to 60 mph time under six seconds. 

Right for You?
With prices starting at around $27,000 for a base trim and reaching well into the $30,000’s for a fully loaded 3.2, the A3 has many competitors, including the 1-Series from BMW. In terms of power and speed, the A3 is at risk of falling short against new competition, but it never feels insufficient. The quattro all-wheel drive is a significant plus in this price range, and the recent design direction of Audi models nets some serious style points. It’s an ideal car for those who appreciate quality over quantity, and those who find understatement beautiful. For those looking to "make the scene," or simply maximize bang for the buck, it may be wise to keep looking.

James Tate cut his teeth in the business as a race team crew member before moving to the editorial side as Senior Editor of Sport Compact Car, and his work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Automobile, Motor Trend and European Car. When not writing, Tate is usually fantasizing about a vintage Porsche 911.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

A factory-backed limited warranty with coverage up to six years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the origianl vehicle in-service date, whichever occurs first.1

1See dealer for details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years or newer/less than 6,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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