Here is the 2006 Audi A3, spotted on 14 Mile in Clawson. On the road it is pretty noticeable, if not in this color, just because there are so few hatchbacks on sale in the US now. It has an interesting profile, but I do not think that the lines are as nice as those of the A4 wagon. Neither is especially practical, despite the hatch - having tried to stuff a jumperoo, a stroller and some grocieries into the hatch on our A4 Avant and finding it to be a really tight fit for a wagon, I cannot imagine that this will be better unless they have found some major packaging efficiencies.
So will people spend $25,000 (base) on this car? Anyone remember the BMW 318ti? Here is the front view: