The Audi A3 was first available in North America in the second generation (type 8P) and was sold from 2006-2012. MSRP for a brand new A3 in 2007 started at $25k and increased easily into the $30k range with a few options. Mercifully, the magic of depreciation has lowered the prices to something much more reasonable. Find this 2007 Audi A3 2.0T 6-spd for sale in Philadelphia, PA currently bidding for $6,700 with a few hours to go.
The Audi A3 does share most of its mechanical components with Volkswagen’s Golf, but this isn’t a bad thing as the Golf has been one of the few front-drive cars sought after by enthusiasts for years. Buy this one with 85k miles on the odometer for roughly the cost of a few options when new…not bad.
The A3 is powered by VW/Audi’s supreme 2.0TFSI engine. The turbocharged, intercooled and direct injected alloy engine is a torque monster that puts out 200 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque at 1800 rpm. A simple chip/ecu upgrade will add 50 horsepower and 100 ft-lbs of torque if you are willing to push the limits of your engine components a bit. The chip upgrade really transforms the car and the amount of time spent at the new boost levels are low, so engine life is probably unaffected.
This A3 is the base stripper model, no fancy leather seats, no DSG gearbox, but it isn’t a bad way to have a modern Audi product, even the base models are well equipped. Strangely enough this is one of the few cars we think the front-wheel-drive version is more fun to drive than the all-wheel-drive version. Something about the lighter weight and torque-steering lunacy of the front-driver is just more fun than the forward grip of the AWD model.
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