By James Bergeron

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2009 Audi A3

Day 1:

2009 Audi A3 2.0T
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I didn’t realize until I jumped into this week’s tester how I have been starving for automotive fun! I had to think back to the last time I drove a small, sporting vehicle, and geez — it was quite awhile ago! The last test vehicle I had that wasn’t a truck, SUV or family sedan was back in September, when I had a pair of Boxsters for a week. This week I am behind the wheel of the 2009 Audi A3 2.0T, something I think qualifies as small and sporty.

For those keen readers with a good memory, you will remember that I already test drove a white A3 and you would be correct. You would also be correct if you remembered it was an S-Line model, the same as the one I am testing this week. There are some minor differences though: this week’s tester is a 2.0T while my other tester was a 3.2L powered machine, and this is the 2009 model rather than the 2008.

2009 Audi A3 2.0T
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The biggest difference might just be the price though, as my tester is an S-Line with Titanium package which includes: piano black trim, black styling grille and window trim, black headliner and 18-inch, seven-double-spoke titanium coloured wheels with 225/40R18 performance tires (thankfully replaced with winters for my test). These are the same options I had on my previous A3 tester, but this one come in at nearly $10,000 less.

Audi has also changed the model designation and option packages slightly. While in 2008 the open sky system and bi-xenon headlights were separate packages, as were Bluetooth and adaptive lighting, for 2009 they are all part of the premium package for one price of $3,050.

My tester also includes the Audi DSG transmission with Shift-tronic and of course, Audi quatro all-wheel drive, which makes the A3 an excellent little hatchback for the winter months. Although pricing is high, badge cachet is high as well, as I found out quickly: people notice when you drive an Audi.

2009 Audi A3 2.0T S-Line
MSRP as tested (including destination): $43,650

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