The 2.0T engine is a new offering in the A5 this year, and according to Audi, it lowers by $4700 the price of entry for this car. The best part is that, more so than any other four-cylinder I can think of, the 2.0T does not feel like an entry-level engine. Especially when combined with this delightful, light-shifting manual, it's a blast. I can't imagine anyone feeling the need to spend thousands more for the V-6. (Even if you're really feeling flush, I would direct your attention to the V-8-powered S5.)
To my mind, Audi's offering a turbo four in an arena dominated by sixes backs up the brand's progressive image. In the same vein, so too does Audi's willingness to bring to America a premium small car, the A3. Being progressive isn't just about styling or offering high-tech options. It's also recognizing that fuel economy is destined to play an ever-larger role in our automotive consciousness, and adjusting your product offerings accordingly.
Joe Lorio, Senior Editor