2009 Audi A3 Values

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2009 model year changes

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. Inside, aluminum accents the air vents, light switches, and center console, while the control switches beneath the stereo have been updated. The instruments feature black dial gauges with red needles. Audi's 6-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission is now optional on 2.0L A3s, and the company's quattro all-wheel-drive system, standard on the 3.2L V6-powered A3, is now available on 2.0L A3s with S-tronic. Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension is now optional. It allows the driver to select between "Normal" and "Sport" modes depending upon the driving scenario.

Competitive comparison

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

Special features for 2009

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.
For 2009, the Audi A3 receives some minor exterior and interior freshening including the addition of the lovely LED "eyelids" seen throughout the 2009 Audi lineup. This small sporty car comes in 3-door and 5-door varieties and is the perfect car to jump into the Audi brand, slotting itself below the Audi A4. Standard on the A3 are satellite radio, leather seats, and an auxiliary audio input. The 2.0T S-tronic trim now offers AWD. The 3.2L V6 now has Bluetooth, xenon headlights and an open-sky roof. Audi has also added its Magnetic-ride suspension as an option for the 2009 A3, which allows the driver the ability to select between "normal" and "sport" modes, with the latter option offering a stiffer level for greater performance. Switching between the two modes takes mere milliseconds, allowing the driver of the A3 to adjust their setup on the fly. Audi wants to be seen on the same level as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and they are doing a great job of that, even in their "entry-level" A3. The fit and finish of the Audi A3 is superb and is now on par with the rest of the luxury car world.