This is another time when seeing something in person totally changes your perspective. After hearing how small the Audi A3 Sportback was going to be and how Audi would have to really convince Americans to buy it I was floored at how big the sucker is. There is plenty of room in the back seat to fit two adults in comfort. The back hatch is also a lot bigger than I expected. The build quality isn't up there with the A6 I recently tested but it is higher than any American car at the same price or more. This car will be the new yuppie status symbol. I have to go run and see what the Jetta looks like in person to see if it will be able to compete with the shock of seeing the A3 in the flesh. More pictures at the link.
David Thomas filing via e-mail.