By James Bergeron

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2008 Audi A3 S-Line

Day 1:

2008 Audi A3 S-Line
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I still remember it like it was yesterday — it was 2005 or 2006 (okay, so I can’t remember when but I remember what) and I was at the Toronto Autoshow at the annual CarTalkCanada get together. We had just arrived at the Audi booth, all jazzed about taking a seat in the A3. This woman says to her friend “Hey so-and-so has one of these, it’s TINY, and WOW look at the price for this tiny thing!”

She was not particularly impressed with her friend’s purchase. Her feelings were: “If you are paying THAT much money, it should be large.” I also remember her saying something to the effect of: “We went to dinner and my knees were squished in the back seat.” To top it off, it turned out her friend had purchased an A4 Avant, not an A3. Needless to say she wasn’t in tune with that fact that there are small premium vehicles available, and there is a market for it. But I digress.

2008 Audi A3 S-Line
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This week, I have two white hatches in my driveway, the newcomer being the Audi A3 S-Line, powered by the same 3.2litre engine found in the A5 I drove a few weeks back, in a smaller package — can’t you imagine how fun this car could be?

My tester is also equipped with the six-speed DSG transmission. Personally, I love this wonder of technology, although I have yet to try one on the track (I will be soon); I can imagine it will be extremely invigorating and an absolute thrill ride.

Other options on my A3 S-Line are the open sky system, which is basically a gigantic sunroof covering the entire roof, for an additional $1,500, and bi-xenon high intensity discharge headlights with automatic self leveling and Audi adaptive light ($1,200) and a few small packages such as the iPod interface and Bluetooth phone preparation.

The A3 2.0T model with a six-speed manual transmission comes well-equipped with a starting price of $32,300, while the S-Line 3.2L quattro model starts at $43,700. The options added to my tester bump the value to an as tested $49,350.

2008 Audi A3 S-Line
MSRP as tested (including destination): $50,250

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