Audi A3 Lineup Has Cool Tech Features That Will Cost You

Aug 19, 2014 04:23 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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Marketed for young and rich urbanites, the 2015 Audi A3 has a spare interior, smooth six-speed transmission and plenty of technology options, according to Reviewed.com.

The A3 comes in a full lineup that includes an S3 performance sedan variant, a convertible and a hatchback as well as a Q3 small crossover SUV.

The new 2015 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI will start at $33,795, which includes an $895 destination fee.

Audi has released pricing for the two 2015 A3 luxury packages as well. The Premium Plus package, starting at $2,900, comes with features such as keyless entry and 18-inch 10-spoke wheels.

An $8,800 Prestige package comes with everything included in the Premium Plus package, plus an S Line exterior kit, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, a Driver Assistance package, Audi MMI navigation plus, LED headlights and Audi Connect.

Here are five tech features available for the new A3 lineup:

1. Multimedia interface with voice recognition and a touchscreen

2. Available 4G connection that makes the car a wi-fi hotspot

3. Picture Destination, a feature that directs you to a certain spot based on a phone or SD card image

4. Backup camera (included in the Driver Assistance package)

5. Proximity key (part of the Premium Plus package)

Reviewed warns that the car's technology options will generally cost you extra, calling them somewhat "bizarre omissions" considering the Audi A3's price range.

"You might think I'm spoiled, but I think the A3 should be at least as well-equipped as a Kia, Volkswagen, or Nissan that costs more than $10k less," Reviewed's Keith Barry wrote.

"Luckily, the A3's benefits make up for its few shortcomings. If you're looking for a small, practical sedan that doesn't want for luxury and style, the newest, littlest Audi should be on your shopping list."

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