With Quattro all-wheel drive, the hatch is a more playful companion on back roads than is the front-drive version, which understeers resolutely when you’re driving hard. The all-wheel-drive system is surprisingly neutral and, when combined with the sharp, well-weighted steering, makes the A3 fun to toss around.
The A3 has the full complement of safety equipment you’d expect of an upscale German car. It has anti-lock brakes, stability control, and an array of airbags that includes full-length side curtain bags. The A3 is rated as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Source: MSN Autos