engine: wow. easily the best engine i've ever had, knocks even my old S3 into a cocked had. genuinely surprised at how quiet it is when idling - coming from a 2.5tdi, i had to wind the window down to make sure it was running! but what a great howl when you floor it. dsg: lost for words, staggeringly clever, it hurts my head to think about it too much. not had too much time to play with it yet, but loved the way the revs droppped after floored, when in auto in 6th at 80 on the motorway, then hold on as it drops a few and the needle springs back! handling: smooth and refined (not too harsh as i feared, being the sport, not s-line) interior: as good as expected, some of the materials not quite up to the standards on the cab, but overall a nice design. nav plus: again, simply superb - i was up and running in minutes and the detail is excellent. still cant get all the tracks on a 512mb sd card to play yet. best experience yet: when someone in a 1.8 vectra pulled up alongside me at the lights and then tried to pull away and cut in infront of me, presuming i was a 1.6 or something (all inscriptions removed off the back of my A3) needless to say he quickly became a spot in my rearview!!!