This is not very Audi-like.
Audi builds some of the finest cars on the planet, but if the best can have a slip-up. The 2020 Audi A3 is the cheapest Audi on sale in North America and remains a popular choice for young executives looking for a compact yet premium sedan thanks to its impressive performance and upmarket interior. Back in April, Audi revealed the refreshed A3, sporting a new look and updated interior, and the 2022 model promises to bring even more enhancements, but a recent moose test has revealed that it won't impress in the corners.
The moose test is a slalom-type course set up to test a car's capability to react to sudden changes in direction, for example when a raccoon jumps in the road while driving at legal suburban speeds. The test requires the car to avoid a cone and then to immediately return to its own lane to stay out of oncoming traffic. The target speed for the moose test is 48 mph. That doesn't sound too fast, does it? The Audi A3, which rides on the same MQB chassis as the Volkswagen Golf managed a speed of only 44 mph, which to many is considered a fail. The video also gives viewers a clear sense of the handling characteristics of the car.
In the video, it is clear to see that the 2020 A3 Sportback loves to understeer, and on its first try, it wipes out a number of cones. The rear axle also seems to skid more than other similar cars. The car tested rides on a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Turanza 225/40 R18 tires. In the test, the driver has to constantly lower the approach speed until the Audi finally manages a clean run at 44 mph. This is a major disappointment from Audi and leaves one wondering how the same company can be responsible for sports cars such as the TT RS.